The Rams traded Carriker a day after re-signing DT Gary Gibson, the man who replaced Adam Carriker during training camp last season, before Carriker was injured and put on the shelf for the season. Today, DT Clifton Ryan also signed his RFA tender.
This is also another first round pick down the tubes. Last September, 2006 first round pick Tye Hill was traded and now it's Carriker, the Rams 2007 first round pick.
Turf Show Times feels this trade gives the Rams enough ammunition to move around in the draft.
It's worth remembering that the Rams are stockpiling enough draft picks to make some moves this weekend. Billy Devaney said as much in his comment to the media about the Carriker trade.
In a final bit of housecleaning on Adam Carriker's trade from the Rams to the Redskins, Rick Maese of the Washington Post reports that the teams will swap 7th-round picks (with the Redskins moving up) as well as 5th-round picks. While the swap of 7th-rounders only amounts to the Skins moving up three spots, from 211 to 208, it certainly marks a change in philosophy in Washington, with seemingly greater emphasis placed on maximizing value in the draft.
Overall, landing a former first-rounder in the 25 year-old Carriker for merely moving down in the fifth-round (as well as moving up three spots in the 7th-round) is nothing short of a coup for Washington. While Carriker has been injury-prone in his short NFL career, if he can fulfill even a portion of the promise that made him a first-round selection, Washington will have landed a core contributor at minimal cost. And if injuries continue to derail his career, the Skins should be able to shrug it off, considering how little of an investment they've made in him.
It's certainly a new era in our nation's capital with the new Redskins brain trust making potentially prescient trades.
Finally, the Redskins managed to trade for a player without losing draft picks.
According to reports, they received Adam Carriker from the Rams by merely swapping fifth round picks with St. Louis. This means the Redskins will now have the 32nd pick in that round, and the Rams move up to the fourth pick in the fifth round. The Rams also hold that round’s first selection.
Carriker, a former first rounder, still has two years left on his rookie contract, so the Skins will pay him $1.07 million this season and $1.42 million in 2011.