Despite being released by the Redskins on Monday, Robert Griffin III is still driving plenty of discussion in the Washington area. And the next piece of that discussion happened on Wednesday between former 'Skin Chris Cooley and current defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois on ESPN 980.
Cooley, who has taken a considerable amount of heat (including some from a few of his old Burgundy and Gold teammates) for anti-RG3 comments he made at the start of the week, let Jean-Francois make a guest appearance on his show to express his thoughts on what Cooley said and the matter as a whole.
Like many, No. 99 is simply ready to move on from the seemingly non-stop chatter that revolves around the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
"Let's let RG3 go," Jean-Francois said. "Let this man go on with his career. Let's close the book on RG3. He grew from a boy to a man. He grew as a ball player. Now, wherever he goes next, let this man be successful. Let's not talk about the past."
But the 29-year-old veteran didn't just express a desire to give Griffin a break. He also was very adamant that there was no conflict between RG3 and Kirk Cousins, which was something Cooley brought up, and repeatedly gave Griffin credit for handling a difficult season with grace.
"He took [being benched for Cousins] the right way," Jean-Francois said. "He never said something was wrong. This man carried himself the right way... I believe the man's gonna be a successful quarterback."
The vocal defender isn't the only one who has come out in support for the embattled passer recently. Terrance Knighton and Pierre Garçon also spoke favorably about Griffin, and both have high hopes for his future.
"He’s a great teammate," Knighton said to CSN. "He’ll be a great leader somewhere, and I think the success that he had as a rookie in this league, you’ll see it again because he’s healthy.”
Added Garçon: "He’ll be a starter somewhere. He knows what it takes. He knows what to do. That option is definitely going to come, he just has to take advantage of it."
For all the outside speculation about Griffin's relationship with his teammates and standing in Washington's locker room, it certainly seems like all was peaceful on the inside. Now, though, he'll have to find a new team and a new locker room to start fresh with — a place where he can stop worrying about the past, get out of the D.C. spotlight, and put an end to the 24/7 scrutiny.
You can bet Jean-Francois will be OK with that when — or is it if? — that finally happens.