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SI’s Peter King & PFT’s Mike Florio discuss Redskins-Steelers “fake news” story

So remember Peter King’s report of the Steeler’s front office ‘leaving the Redskins hanging‘ on a potential swap of first round draft picks?

Turns out it was just another juicy internet rumor that got spread by people who should know better.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Floria talked with King about what happened & how it got started (courtesy of the DCSportsBog):

Florio: “Explain to us what exactly happened to cause you and me to conclude that Dan Snyder gave an interview this weekend on Sirius radio talking about the possibility of a trade with the Steelers in Round One of the draft?”

King: “Well, I mean, as I put Monday Morning Quarterback together, I think it was at some point on Saturday – it might have been [Sunday] because I did it on both days this weekend – I read this note on Twitter that was kind of heavily trafficked and a lot of people had picked it up. And [it] basically said that Dan Snyder said that the Redskins and Steelers had some talk about Washington trading down to Pittsburgh’s pick at 31 if the player that Pittsburgh still wanted was gonna be there at pick 16. And everybody assumed it was gonna be Mike Pouncey.

“And so I’m not saying it was wildfire over the weekend, but it was a very well-traveled note, and because it was done by, you know, by what I consider – and I’ve read some of their blogs before….And look, I mean, we all wonder sometimes where some rumors come from, but this seemed to be about as straightforward as it is, Snyder said this on the radio, on Sirius radio.

“And so this morning Tony Wyllie of the Redskins, the PR guy called me and said Dan didn’t do this interview, and he called me back a little later and said Bruce Allen said that they didn’t even talk on draft day. And in the meantime, the Sirius public relations guy said that to the best of our knowledge Dan Snyder’s not been on our air in this past week. So you know, it sounds like somehow this thing grew some legs, and I’m still trying to find out – and I’ve got a call into the Steelers.”

Florio: [After talking about Mike Wise’s Twitter hoax.] “This is a guy who’s been on the Pittsburgh media scene for 20 years, he covers the Steelers. If he puts it out there, it’s reasonable for Peter to assume and everyone else to assume that it’s legitimate. And he’s gotta explain himself. He can’t just say my apologies, he’s got to explain himself.”

King: “And again, if Ed Bouchette in Pittsburgh writes a story that basically says that Dan Snyder was on Sirius radio saying they were in talks with the Steelers to trade this pick, well, there’s a certain cache that Ed Bouchette has or that a veteran Steelers media guy has or any veteran guy has. And that’s one of the reasons. And it isn’t like he was reporting that it happened, he was reporting that it was done on an interview on Sirius radio.

“It’s one of those things that unfortunately makes you kind of doubt even more of what you read on the Internet, I think. You know, that you have to check two plus two equals four these days…The one other thing is it’s a long way to move for a guard, you know, moving from 31 to 16 would have been a very long way to move, and I doubt that they would have been able to get it done, but hey, who knows.”

Florio: “And it makes me very interested in what the Redskins would have done at no. 31, would they have gone with a quarterback at that point, and if so why didn’t they just take the quarterback they liked at 16? Were they worried about the criticism of reaching or whatever the case may be?…You’ve just got to wonder if they were thinking about going down to no. 31, what were they thinking about doing once they got there?”

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