Apparently Jermon Bushrod really impressed the New Orleans Saints’ decision-makers with his play last season, because they have sent former All-Pro left tackle Jammal Brown to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
The pick isn’t known as of right now, but something like a fourth-rounder that could turn into a second-round pick would not be out of the question, even though the actual pick is likely a bit lower. Adam Schefter is also reporting Albert Haynesworth was not a part of the deal.
With Brown on board, the Redskins would likely kick first-round pick Trent Williams over to right tackle. The ‘Skins will need someone they can rely on to protect Donovan McNabb’s blind side, and it would make more sense to trust the established player over the rookie.
The Redskins, namely Danny Snyder, have made some, let’s say, questionable moves over the past decade or so, but bringing in Bruce Allen as the GM to pair with Mike Shanahan appears to be paying off already.
The McNabb trade was just the sort of high-profile move you’d expect from Snyder, but trading for a guy like Brown is just the sort of under-the-radar move that the ‘Skins have not been making. The Redskins could have just gotten a starting left tackle for an absolute bargain and taken another huge step in rebuilding their offense.
The line is still going to be a bit shaky, but there’s no doubt Brown gives it a huge boost right away.
Brown is currently in Washington to take a physical and, if he passes, he will sign his restricted free agency tender and the move will become official.
Stay tuned as we’ll be updating as soon as we’re able to find out exactly what compensation the Saints received.
UPDATE: The convoluted details of the Jammal Brown trade.