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Washington Redskins, Not the St. Louis Rams, Are Winning RG3 Trade

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COMMENTARY | Despite relinquishing a boatload of draft picks in exchange for the opportunity to select Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins have surpassed the St. Louis Rams as the early winners of the unforgettable RGIII trade.

Here's why the Redskins are in a better position than the Rams nearly two years after participating in one of the biggest draft trades in NFL history.

The Redskins have a much better quarterback situation than the Rams

It's a tale of two ACLs for the Redskins and the Rams at starting quarterback.

After a slow start, Redskins signal caller Robert Griffin III is finally showing signs that he's recovered from his torn ACL. Unfortunately for the Rams, they recently lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the same injury during their Week 7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

While the Redskins are fortified at the starting quarterback position as a result of their signal caller recovering from his injury, the Rams were forced to scramble for a new quarterback due to losing Bradford for the remainder of the season.

Times were so desperate for the Rams that they considered Tim Tebow and Brett Favre as potential quarterback options. Instead of creating an inevitable media circus by signing either Tebow or an uninterested Favre, the Rams reached into the NFL journeyman quarterback cookie jar to pick up Brady Quinn to serve as the primary backup to fellow underachieving signal caller Kellen Clemens.

By giving up a king's ransom of draft selections for the right to choose RGIII in 2012, the Redskins have found themselves a franchise-caliber quarterback. Even in the event of a Griffin injury, there's Kirk Cousins sitting on the bench, who's destined to become a starting quarterback at some point in his career in a city not named Washington D.C.

As for the Rams, they put all of their eggs in the Sam Bradford basket and even before his season-ending injury, he did little to show that he's capable of leading a team to the postseason.

In March 2012, the Rams valued quantity more than quality with their decision to stockpile draft picks over the possibility of adding a franchise starting quarterback to the fold. Nineteen months later, they're still searching for the signal caller who's going to lead them to the playoffs.

Without a doubt, the advantage at quarterback has to go to the Redskins.

Quantity over quality hasn't translated into victories for the Rams

Courtesy of the RGIII trade, the Rams utilized the additional draft picks acquired from the Redskins to select a trio of talented players on the defensive side of the football.

Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins and Alec Ogletree are good young defensive players who may at some point form the nucleus of a dominant defense. However, there's still a ways to go before that day arrives, considering the Rams' current 22nd ranking in the yards allowed category.

Meanwhile, the Redskins are left with Robert Griffin III who when healthy, has already displayed his ability to take a team to the postseason.

Once again, advantage Redskins.

The Rams' final hope

Fortunately for the Rams, the Redskins still owe them a draft pick. In 2014, the Rams will receive the Redskins' first round selection.

If the Redskins struggle and finish with a bad record this season, the Rams will have the chance to use a high draft choice to select a quarterback from a deep pool of first round prospects next year. Under this scenario, the Rams could select a franchise signal caller and in the long run, still emerge as the eventual winners of the RGIII trade.

Unless that day arrives, it's pretty clear that the Redskins are better off than the Rams nearly two years after co-starring in one of the NFL's all-time blockbuster draft trades.

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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who covers the Washington Redskins and the Washington Wizards for Yahoo Contributor Network. For additional sports talk, follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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