Thought this was highly revealing in Dan Grazino's interview with Mike Shanahan:
If we can sign Matt Flynn, it means we'll be able to pull another 2010-esque heist, trade down, accumulate another treasure trove of picks in the 2nd and 3rd round. Which means we'll have plenty of picks to manipulate the draft to our liking, trade up + down for the prospects we regard best and fit our team + system in the 3rd, 4th and 5th rounds.Finally, I asked if he thought his team was close enough to contending that he could afford to give away a big trove of draft picks for one player he really wanted.
MIKE SHANAHAN: No. In fact that's why, when we went from 10 to 16 [in last year's draft] and we were able to get that extra second-rounder from Jacksonville, we were able to parlay that where we got [Leonard] Hankerson, we got [Roy] Helu and we got [DeJon] Gomes. So by going from 10 to 16, not only did we get Jarvis Jenkins, but we were able to get those three players. And those are three starters for us.
AND we can still draft and develop our franchise QB -- it just means we won't have to face another 5-11/6-10 season with someone like Tannehill/Foles/Jones/etc. back there playing like the developmental rookie prospect he invariably is. Seriously, does anyone think our fanbase could tolerate another season like that? Our ownership? Players? Anyone with any emotional involvement with the Redskins whatsoever?
Instead, we can restock and retool our offensive line and wide receiving corps first and foremost, add talent at inside linebacker (Fletcher's replacement) and our secondary.
While getting better quarterback play -- more accurate, better decision maker, less turnover prone -- from a player who is ready to start from Day 1. Hell, if we only had a "game manager" this year at the position, a guy who simply made the right reads, delivered an accurate ball and allowed us to win the turnover battle on a weekly basis, we would've been playing for the division title today. Or had it already wrapped up.