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Browns release former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III

Browns release former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III

UPDATE 2:00 p.m.: Robert Griffin III has confirmed his release. 

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CLEVELAND -- Robert Griffin III's stay with the Browns didn't last one year.

After an injury-marred season, Griffin is being released Friday by the Browns who remain in search of their franchise quarterback. Griffin is being let go one day before he was due a $750,000 roster bonus, said a person who spoke Friday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move.

Griffin signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Browns last March 24 after being waived in Washington, where for a brief period he was one of the NFL's biggest stars.

Cleveland was a fresh start for the 27-year-old who hoped to revive his career, but he broke his right shoulder while scrambling in the season opener against Philadelphia and missed 11 games.

To his credit, Griffin didn't give in. He worked tirelessly during his rehab and got healthy enough to play, even leading the Browns to their only win in an otherwise historically bad season.

But Griffin's inability to stay healthy and other options convinced the Browns he was not their long-term answer or hanging on to, and the team decided to release him one day after acquiring quarterback Brock Osweiler in a trade with Houston.

Osweiler, though, may not be around for long as the Browns may be planning to offer New England numerous draft picks for backup Jimmy Garoppolo.

Cleveland may also use one of their first-round draft picks on a quarterback. The Browns own the Nos. 1 and 12 selections.

MORE NFL FREE AGENCY: Redskins free agency live blog: News and rumors

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Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

As NFL training camps open, teams are taking every protective measure to ensure player safety. Extensive testing protocols agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA and daily testing until at least September 5 prove safety is the league's number one priority.

But in order for the NFL's plans to work, players have to do their part

On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks cut rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero. Siverand and the woman, who was wearing Seattle gear in an attempt to disguise herself as a Seahawks player, were both caught on camera.

The Seahawks' quick action shows how serious teams are handling COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Pete Carroll is sending a clear message that actions that put the entire team at risk will not be tolerated.  

Fans got a glimpse of what the NFL's safety protocols were like during Hard Knocks this week. The quick decision to cut Siverand shows that irresponsible action won't be tolerated as the NFL season approaches.

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

RELATED: DAN SNYDER ATTORNEY RAISES CONSPIRACY QUESTIONS

Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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