The New Orleans Saints have officially announced that offensive tackle Jammal Brown has signed his tender offer and that the Saints have agreed to trade Brown to the Washington Redskins.
Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the complex trade terms are tied to the Redskins' previous trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for Donovan McNabb.
The Redskins will send either their third-round pick or their fourth-round pick to Philly in 2011 to finalize the McNabb trade, based on whether certain triggers are met in 2010. Whichever of those picks the Redskins don't send to the Eagles, they'll send to the Saints. In return, the Saints will send the Redskins either their 2011 fifth-round pick (if they get the Redskins' third-round pick) or their 2011 sixth- or seventh-round pick (if they get the Redskins' fourth-round pick).
There's also a chance of a 2012 sixth-round pick coming into play, if Brown plays 90 percent of the snaps or makes the Pro Bowl.
But the bottom line is that Brown will play in 2010 for the Redskins, and the Redskins moved down a couple rounds in the draft to acquire him.
New Orleans was able to live without Brown last season as they won the Super Bowl while he was out with an injury, but Washington can really use him. You have to figure Washington wouldn't have made the trade unless they were confident Brown would be ready to go, and he'll team up with rookie Trent Williams to give the Redskins a pair of quality tackles. Neither one of those guys can make Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, or Willie Parker any younger, but an upgraded offensive line helps all of the Washington players.