The Redskins will play the Cleveland Browns at the aptly named Cleveland Browns Stadium at some point during the 2012 NFL season. But Washington has beat Cleveland a couple of times already this year.
Much to the consternation of team president Mike Holmgren, the Redskins outbid the Browns to get the second overall pick in the draft. That pick is likely to become Robert Griffin III, leaving the Browns to conduct the Colt McCoy experiment for another year.
As it turns out, Mike Shanahan, Bruce Allen, and company again beat Holmgren and Cleveland GM Tom Heckert to the punch a few days later when free agency started. Washington signed wide receivers Pierre Garçon and Joshua Morgan within hours of the market opening up. According to a report, both of those players were targets of the Browns.
This morning Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer tweeted the following:
#Browns pursued former Colts WR Pierre Garcon and former 49ers WR Josh Morgan, source told PD. Both signed big $$$ w/ Redskins day 1
So, once again, the Redskins were one step ahead of the folks by the lake. Wonder how Holmgren will spin this on his next season ticket holder conference call.
This provides no guarantee that the Redskins will come out on top when they meet on the field. That is the only result that really will count.