For most fans the news comes as no surprise, but with Robert Griffin III all but finished with the Redskins, the reason why RG3 stayed on the Washington roster all year seems apparent, at least according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport
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 was inactive for all but one game, and with the worry of a $16 million balloon payment hanging over RG3 should he be injured, it made sense why Redskins brass Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan kept the fourth-year Heisman Trophy winner off the field. As Kirk Cousins excelled during the second half of the season, it became obvious the RG3 era in D.C. was over, despite some fans continued support.
Depending what rumors you believe out of Ashburn, there was talk that McCloughan and Gruden wanted RG3 off the roster earlier in the year. Dropping Griffin could have served two purposes;
- Another roster spot for a team with persistent and debilitating injuries. McCloughan routinely picked up players off the street (Mason Foster, Will Blackmon, most recently Cary Williams) and another position player on the 53, who actually had a chance to play, may have been a big help for the 'Skins.
- Releasing Griffin would have given the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year a realistic shot at hitting the field this season. Look around at some of the QBs who suited up in the NFL in November or December - guys like Kellen Moore, Blaine Gabbert, Case Keenum - and it's hard to see a scenario where RG3 doesn't see playing time somewhere.
What once seemed impossible in the halcyon days of 2012 now seems inevitable: Griffin will walk away from the Redskins with little fanfare. How that sits with team owner Dan Snyder remains to be seen. It became clear that Snyder and Griffin formed a special relationship, and it's hard to overstate how some fans feel about RG3. Regardless, expect Griffin to compete for a starting quarterback job next season, just not with the Redskins.
— Carol Maloney (@carolmaloney4) January 11, 2016