Mark Maske spent some time with Joe Gibbs at the owners' meetings in Phoenix and came away with an interesting tidbit or two. We have the story on our site and Maske has it on his blog, so I won't repeat the entire thing, but here's the lede and excerpts:
Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs said today that nothing is "imminent" in a proposed trade with the Chicago Bears for linebacker Lance Briggs, and indicated that the Redskins also are giving serious consideration to trading up in the first-round order in next month's NFL draft.
Gibbs said the Redskins have spoken to two teams about trading up in the draft order. He said the Redskins have a "couple players" in mind if they were to land a top-five selection, and hinted that one of them might be Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
"I think everybody here would like to have him," Gibbs said.
Gibbs also indicated that while he expects Clinton Portis to remain the Redskins' starter at tailback next season, the workload probably will be divided more evenly between Portis and Ladell Betts than it has been in the past. Betts thrived as the Redskins' primary ballcarrier in the late stages of last season with Portis hurt, and re-signed with the club before becoming a free agent.
"A lot of times it will be kind of in [Portis's] hands, but down the stretch I don't know if anyone played better than Ladell," Gibbs said.
Gibbs said the Redskins will consider that trading for Briggs would give them three highly paid linebackers -- along with Marcus Washington and recent free agent addition London Fletcher -- and possibly cut into the playing time of Rocky McIntosh, a second-round draft pick last year.
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