With Robert Griffin III's release all but a formality at this point, a final—but important—hurdle has been cleared, according to a report.
Griffin, who turned 26 on Friday, has passed his exit physical, thus clearing the way for the Redskins to part ways with the former face of the franchise, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer. Griffin’s $16.155 million salary in 2016 is guaranteed for injury only.
It’s now seemingly a matter of when, not if, Griffin will be cut and free to sign with another team.
When that move will actually happen, though, remains unclear. In an interview late last month, McCloughan did not seem to be in a hurry. He's currently negotiating an extension with starter Kirk Cousins, who is an impending free agent.
“We have until March 9th, and that’s why I want to sit down with the coaches," McCloughan said, asked about a time frame for cutting Griffin. “He is a good football player, he’s a really good person, and he’s under contract. That’s where we’re at right now.”
As McCloughan noted, the Redskins until March 9—the first day of the new league year—to release Griffin and remove his team-high salary from the cap.
Griffin did not take a single snap in 2015 after losing his job to Cousins in the preseason. To his credit, he stayed in the background all season as to avoid causing any distractions to the team. His insistence on remaining silent didn't change on locker clear out day, either, as he declined to speak to reporters as he left the locker room at Redskins Park, likely for the final time.
The next time Griffin speaks publicly, in fact, could be at the introductory news conference for his new team.