EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Thanks in part to the Minnesota Vikings, the St. Louis Rams were faced with a franchise-altering moment in March when the Washington Redskins came calling.
On the table was a lucrative trade offer from Washington, which would net St. Louis six draft picks in exchange for the No. 2 overall selection and the rights to select Heisman-winning Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Rams could pick Griffin, who has wowed the NFL early in his career with both his arm and his legs. Or, they could take the bounty of picks and build around their current starter, Sam Bradford.
St. Louis, who had drafted Bradford No. 1 overall two years earlier, stayed patient with Bradford and traded the pick.
"It just fell into place for us," St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said this week. "We have a franchise quarterback back here, we certainly need picks, and we're looking forward to building our team as a result of that trade."
Minnesota (7-6), which will face the 6-6-1 Rams on Sunday,...