Following the Washington Redskins’ wild-card playoff loss, sources close to the team said on Monday that the team has decided to release quarterback Robert Griffin III. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport says it’s only a matter of time until it becomes official.
With the #Redskins season over, they'll release RGIII. Just a matter of timing. Was important to owner Dan Snyder he be on the team all year
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 11, 2016
Griffin’s exit from Washington will end a well-chronicled and tumultuous four-year stretch that began with Washington making one of the largest pre-draft trades in NFL history, giving up three first-round picks and a second-round pick to move up from the No. 6 pick to the No. 2 pick. The saga will conclude this offseason with Washington cutting trade bait instead of shelling out over $16 million for Griffin’s fifth-year contract. The Redskins have until March to make their decision official.
Griffin, labeled the new face of the franchise, enjoyed a stellar rookie season, being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and leading Washington to the playoffs. However, the handling of Griffin’s injuries late in that season sparked contentious issues with coach Mike Shanahan, who would eventually be fired after an unsuccessful 2013 campaign in which Griffin was benched for the final three games.
Initially the starter under new head coach Jay Gruden, Griffin dislocated his ankle during Week 2 of the 2014 season. He was immediately given the starting job upon his Week-9 return, although he was benched several weeks later for poor performance. He finished the season after an injury to then-starter Colt McCoy, but it would be the last regular-season action he would see as a member of the Redskins.
Griffin suffered a concussion during preseason in 2015 and in the wake of Gruden choosing to go with Kirk Cousins regardless of Griffin’s health status, the 25-year-old quarterback was inactive for all but one game this season. Owner Dan Snyder chose to have Griffin remain with the team all season, even if he didn’t have a chance to play.
As tensions and injury totals rose, the productivity from Griffin fell off the table a bit after a rookie season in which he threw 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions in 15 games. In 2014, Griffin threw 16 touchdowns and 12 picks in 13 games while completing 5.5 percent less of his passes than his rookie season. In just nine games in 2014, Griffin tossed just four scores and six interceptions to go with four lost fumbles.
— Bob Barnard (@barnardfox5dc) January 11, 2016