FOXSports.com reported Friday the Washington Redskins have a deal in place to acquire the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft and plan to take Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Under the deal reported by the website, the Redskins and St. Louis Rams will swap first-round selections this year. The Rams also will receive multiple future first-round draft picks and other selections.
ESPN.com reported St. Louis will receive Washington’s first and second-round picks this year, and the Redskins’ first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
The trade moves the Redskins up four places from sixth in the April draft, leapfrogging any other team that would have an interest in the Heisman Trophy winner. The Indianapolis Colts are expected to take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick
MANNING IN DENVER
Peyton Manning met Friday 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.
Denver is one of perhaps a half-dozen or more clubs that are thought to be interesting in signing Manning.
According to the Post, Manning will visit the Cardinals and Dolphins in the coming days.
Miami has $15 million in salary-cap space to pursue free agents. The Cardinals are $10.8 million over the cap. That doesn’t include an $8 million cap hit the team would take if they release Kevin Kolb before his roster bonus is due next week.
COLTS MOVING ON
Meanwhile, the Colts are starting over. Completely.
Two days after releasing Manning, the Colts announced they are cutting four fan favorites: running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Gary Brackett, safety Melvin Bullitt and tight end Dallas Clark. Quarterback Curtis Painter also was released.
JETS EXTEND SANCHEZ
The New York Jets have extended quarterback Mark Sanchez’s contract by three years and dropped out of pursuing free agent Manning.
The team announced the extension for Sanchez in a conference call Friday night, and general manager Mike Tannenbaum says the Jets “looked at” going after Manning before deciding to stick with Sanchez.
Sanchez had two years remaining on the deal he signed when the Jets made him a first-round draft pick in 2009.
The NFL says it has suspended linebacker D.J. Williams, defensive tackle Ryan McBean and tight end Virgil Green of the Broncos for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
McBean and Williams are suspended for Denver’s first six games of the 2012 season. Green is suspended for the team’s first four games.
The criminal case against the wife of ex-Vikings tight end Joe Senser will proceed. A judge rejected a defense motion for dismissal of charges against Amy Senser. She faces two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. … The Giants released running back Brandon Jacobs after seven years in New York. He is the fourth-leading rusher in franchise history with 4,849 yards. … Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was ticketed for speeding Thursday in Portland. He was also cited for improperly signaling and not carrying proof of insurance. … The Cardinals made one-year qualifying offers to restricted free agents LaRod Stephens-Howling, Greg Toler and Rashad Johnson. The three can get offers from other teams but Arizona would have the right to match them.