The Washington Redskins, who have been searching for an established young running back for the past four months, have obtained George Rogers of the New Orleans Saints in exchange for the Redskins' first pick in next Tuesday's National Football League draft, sources said Wednesday.
In addition, the deal, reportedly finalized Tuesday, calls for the Saints to send their fifth-, 10th- and 11th-round picks in the draft to the Redskins. The Redskins' first-round pick is the 24th overall.
The addition of Rogers, a four-year NFL veteran who won the Heisman Trophy in 1980, gives the Redskins exactly what they wanted--security at a position that has produced nothing but question marks in the off-season.
Rogers, 26, who is 6-2 and weighs 229 pounds, will fill one of two roles for the Redskins this season. If 13-year veteran John Riggins retires, Rogers, who has gained 4,267 yards in the NFL, would be expected to replace him. If Riggins returns, Rogers probably would be a reserve.