After not taking a single snap during the 2015 season - and with a $16 million salary taking effect after March 9 - many wonder why Robert Griffin III still finds himself on the Redskins roster. Washington could have released Griffin immediately following the Super Bowl, allowing both team and player to move on from a complicated relationship. Instead, that hasn't happened, and while it's highly unlikely RG3 remains with the Redskins, the team has still not let Griffin go.
"He’s kind of a pawn in this whole Kirk Cousins game," former NFL agent Joel Corry said of RG3.
Corry explained that as the Redskins and Cousins work on a contract to keep the 2015 starter in D.C., Redskins brass believes they can use Griffin as a bargaining chip. The thought process being the 'Skins have an extra layer of security, so should Cousins not accept the team's terms, the team can turn to RG3.
"The agent’s not going to buy it," Corry said of Cousins' representative Mike McCartney. "The agent's probably trying hard not to laugh."
There is some talk the Redskins are working on a deal to trade Griffin; an attempt to recoup some value considering the team gave up so much to acquire the former Baylor star in 2012. That, however, seems like wishful thinking.
"He will be gone before March 9, you couldn’t even trade him," Corry said, explaining that to trade Griffin would require his consent to rework his $16 million option.
"He wants to be free to pick his own situation," Corry said. Adding that the thought elsewhere in the NFL is, "why would you give up a pick for [Griffin} when you can get him for free?"
Roster machinations aside, odds are eventually Griffin will be thrust into a situation where he decides what is best for him moving forward. And Corry isn't so sure that the best move would be to hunt for a starting job.
"It might be in his best long-term interest to go some place where he can play for a QB guru as a backup," he said.
Kansas City and Arizona stood out as good landing spots for RG3, Corry said, backing up Alex Smith or Carson Palmer respectively. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has found great success with mobile quarterbacks like Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick and even Smith, where Cardinals coach Bruce Arians knows how to get the best out of passers. Further, in Arizona, Griffin would sit behind an injury prone 36-year-old in Palmer, while playing with one of the league's best defenses.
Yet RG3 may want the chance to prove himself as a starter again, and want the chance right away. In that case, Houston or Los Angeles would be the most appealing options. Both teams have strong defenses and some great parts on offense, but sorely lack for a QB.
"I don’t think he has a starting opportunity," Corry said. "If he’s gonna start the best place would probably be the Rams, which would be extremely ironic."
Ironic indeed. 2012 saw the Redskins give up a bounty to move up in the draft and select Griffin. The team whose pick they took? The then St. Louis Rams. Now playing in L.A., the Rams could want somebody with star qualities at quarterback, qualities that RG3 showed in spades during his sublime 2012 season.
And, as the saying goes, Hollywood loves a comeback story.