The Washington Redskins have officially cut Robert Griffin III, the Heisman trophy-winning quarterback they selected with the 2nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. After stellar play at Baylor University, Griffin III quickly became the hope of a Redskins franchise that hasn’t had the same quarterback start under center for more than three consecutive seasons since Mark Rypien‘s run from 1989-1992. After a sensational rookie year, which saw Griffin achieve a passer rating of 102.4 (a rookie record), pass for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns against just five interceptions, consistent injury issues and continuous coaching changes largely contributed to the former Offensive Rookie of the Year’s demise, leading to his being named the 3rd string quarterback for the 2015 season, and being active for just one of the ‘Skins’ sixteen regular season games.
Aside from his falling out of favor with Redskins fans and brass, Griffin was also a financial liability, and would’ve cost the team $16.15 million against the 2016-2017 salary cap had they kept him past this afternoon. Considering Kirk Cousins‘ recent success, it made sense both personnel and finance-wise to let Griffin go.
As far as potential suitors, it’s still unclear what a healthy Griffin could be capable of. If he can somehow return to his 2012 form, there are several teams that could use a potential franchise quarterback moving forward, like the 49ers, Jets and Texans.
It was a blessing guys. After 4 years, my days as a part of this team have come to an end. I just want to take the time to say thank you #SkinsNation. Thank you for welcoming my family with open arms in 2012. You guys made it truly an honor to play for you and I couldn’t imagine starting my career anywhere else. Thank you to Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, all the Skins coaches, training staff, equipment managers and everyone in the organization for giving me an opportunity to play this beautiful game at the highest level here in Washington. A special thanks to front desk extraordinaire B.J. Blanchard, who always has a smile on her face and is the plug for chocolate chips cookies. Thank you to my teammates for all the memories & relationships over the past 4 years. You guys have helped thru all the ups and downs over the years and have become a part of my family for life. I wish you all the best and you always have a brother to lean on. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Although my time here is over, I’m excited about what the future brings!!! I look forward to finding the team where God has me to be and growing with that team on the way to World Championships. God Bless #ThankYou