There was plenty of big news taking place this weekend in the NFL, some of which directly affected the San Francisco 49ers.
First, the player photographed above – Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, is likely to be the choice of the Washington Redskins who traded three first round picks (2012, 2013, 2014) and this year’s second-round pick for the No. 2 overall pick held by the St. Louis Rams.
With Washington likely to draft Griffin at No. 2, the 49ers are spared from having to face Griffin twice a season if he’d been taken by the Rams or any other NFC West club presumed to trade up.
The trade also has a domino effect with how free agency will play out in regards to the quarterback sweepstakes.
More on how the trade affects, Peyton Manning, Alex Smith and the 49ers, and plenty of note-worthy headlines from the weekend can be found after the jump.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com examines the aftershocks of the Redskins-Rams trade and how it affects mock draft writers and teams across the league, 49ers included.
Outside of the blockbuster trade, the other big weekend news involved reports of veteran wide receiver Randy Moss heading into 49ers headquarters for a Monday workout. CEO Jed York confirmed the report with a Sunday night tweet – instantly adding intrigue to the news by sharing information on who will be throwing to Moss during the workout. York also spoke to Peter King of Sports Illustrated in greater detail on the subject.
Matt Barrows of the Sacrament Bee writes the 49ers are focused on re-signing Joshua Morgan before the receiver hits free agency on March 13 before the start of his fifth NFL season.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares a complete list of restricted, unrestricted and franchise tagged wide receivers.
Perhaps the biggest news of all was made by Alex Smith who made his first public comments in recent memory, telling CBS5’s Kim Coyle that he’s working out details to sign a new contract with the 49ers.
TWEET ABOUT IT
Jed York’s Sunday night tweet had a little fun with the league’s current state of affairs surrounding another former Colts Pro Bowl quarterback.
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