Redskins move up to No. 2
Rams acquire package of picks
With Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning not coming to Washington, the Redskins will trade up from No. 6 to No. 2 so they can draft Heisman Trophy-winning Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to FOXSports.com on Friday.
The trade with the Rams cannot become official until the start of the new league year, which begins Tuesday.
St. Louis will receive Washington’s first and second-round picks this year, and the Redskins’ first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, according to several media reports.
Manning visits Denver
With TV cameras tracking the airplane, then the silver SUV that carried Manning to Denver Broncos headquarters, the league’s only four-time MVP opened his free agency tour of suitors.
Manning met for nearly six hours, then left the team’s facility without speaking with reporters.
About 48 hours after being released by the Colts, Manning met with Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway and coach John Fox. The three chatted while taking a tour of the team’s practice field and heading to the weight room.
According to the Denver Post, the Broncos sent a plane to pick up Manning in South Florida, where he has a condo. He had traveled there after an emotional news conference in Indianapolis Wednesday, when he said goodbye to the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 1998.
The plane then stopped in Stillwater, Okla., where Elway, Fox, and Broncos general manager Brian Xanders were watching Oklahoma State’s pro day. That contingent joined Manning, and everyone flew back to Denver, the Post reported.
The Broncos are merely one of perhaps a half-dozen clubs that are thought to be interested in signing Manning, even though he turns 36 this month and is coming off a series of neck operations. He missed all of last season, and the Colts decided to cut ties rather than pay a $28 million bonus due this week.
Arizona, Miami, Kansas City, Seattle, and Tennessee are considered possible destinations.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt confirmed his team is pursuing Manning.
“I don’t know how important money will be to him, but I’m sure it will be part of the equation,’’ Hunt said.
Jets extend Sanchez
The Jets dropped out of the Manning derby, extending quarterback Mark Sanchez’s contract three years. Sanchez, 25, had two years remaining on the deal he signed when the Jets made him a first-round draft pick in 2009.
The contract extension is for $40.5 million, giving him five total years for $58.25 million, with $20.5 million fully guaranteed and another $10 million to be made in escalators, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum did not elaborate on the Jets’ inquiry about Manning, but acknowledged the team had internal discussions about it.
“When a first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback becomes available,’’ Tannenbaum said, “you look into it.’’
Colts cut five more
The Colts are saying goodbye to a lot more than just Manning. The team announced sweeping cuts, releasing running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Gary Brackett, defensive back Melvin Bullitt, tight end Dallas Clark, and quarterback Curtis Painter. The players spent a combined 32 years with the Colts. “All these players, we’d love to have them here,’’ new general manager Ryan Grigson said during a hastily arranged conference call. “It’s not easy. It’s agonizing. They’re [salary] cap casualties. It’s hard, but with the money involved you can’t do certain things.’’ . . . The Raiders cut cornerback Chris Johnson and safety Hiram Eugene, shedding about $6 million in their latest moves to get under the salary cap before Tuesday’s deadline.
Jacobs, Giants split
The Giants released running back Brandon Jacobs after seven years in New York. Jacobs, 29, wanted to stay with the Super Bowl champions, but a restructured deal could not be agreed to by both parties. “We tried, couldn’t reach an agreement,’’ Jacobs said. “It’s been great, though. I can’t say anything negative about anybody in the organization.’’ . . . Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was pulled over Thursday afternoon in his hometown of Portland, Ore., and ticketed for going 36 miles per hour over the speed limit, improperly signaling, and not carrying proof of insurance - a total fine of $955.
Three Broncos fail test
The NFL suspended Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams, defensive tackle Ryan McBean, and tight end Virgil Green for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. McBean and Williams are suspended without pay for Denver’s first six games of the 2012 season; Green is suspended for the team’s first four games.