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'Skins deal with Rams to get RG3

The Redskins have a deal in place to acquire the No. 2 pick in April's draft and plan to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The Rams confirmed Friday that they agreed to the deal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Jay Glazer of first reported the deal.

The Redskins will move up four places, leapfrogging any other team that would have an interest in the Heisman Trophy winner. The Colts are expected to take Andrew Luck No. 1.

The Rams get Washington's first-round pick this year (No. 6 overall), Washington's second-round pick this year plus its first-round picks in 2013 and '14.

The Rams were in the market to trade because they have their franchise quarterback, 2010 No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford.

The deal can't become official until the new league year starts on Tuesday.

Manning's tour lands in Denver for talks

DENVER — Peyton Manning met for nearly six hours with the Broncos, then left their facility without speaking with reporters.

About 48 hours after being released by the Colts, Manning met with another Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway, and coach John Fox. The three toured the facilities then spent several hours together after that.

It was the first stop on Manning's free agency tour of suitors. Arizona, Miami, Kansas City, Seattle and Tennessee all are considered possible destinations.

The Redskins' trade for the No. 2 pick, and Griffin, likely takes them out of the running.

And the Jets extended Mark Sanchez's contract by three years, dropping out of the Manning race. The Record in Hackensack N.J., reported that the extra three years are worth $40.5 million, with the five remaining years worth $58.25 million. There is $20.5 million guaranteed.

Meanwhile, the Colts continued their purge, releasing four more veterans and the quarterback who stepped in for Manning last season. Indianapolis released running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Gary Brackett, safety Melvin Bullitt, tight end Dallas Clark and quarterback Curtis Painter. General manager Ryan Grigson declined to comment on a report that Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney is on the trading block.

BREES DENIES KNOWLEDGE: Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he has never participated in and was never aware of a "real" bounty program, and there would be no place for players being provided incentives to intentionally injure one another in any sport. The league has said former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran a pay-for-performance pool.

BRONCOS SUSPENDED: The league suspended linebacker D.J. Williams, defensive tackle Ryan McBean and tight end Virgil Green for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances. McBean and Williams are suspended for the first six games of the 2012 season, Green for the first four games. All three are suspended without pay.

PACMAN PROBATION ENDS: Former Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was released from a year's probation after completing court-ordered community service 10 months early. Jones, 28, pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

RODGERS BACKS FLYNN: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that his backup, Matt Flynn, will be "a top-15 quarterback." Flynn is a free agent. "The team that gets Matt is going to be very happy, I can promise you," Rodgers said.

BILLS: Linebacker Kirk Morrison re-signed to a two-year contract worth at least $4 million.

GIANTS: Running back Brandon Jacobs was released after seven seasons. Jacobs, 29, said he wanted to stay but the sides could not agree to a restructured deal.

'Skins deal with Rams to get RG3 03/09/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:32am]
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