Robert Griffin III Leaves Behind Note After Cleaning Out Locker at FedEx Field

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterJanuary 11, 2016


In all likelihood, Robert Griffin III is done with the Washington Redskins.

With Washington's season ending after Sunday night's 35-18 loss to the Green Bay Packers, and with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reporting the team will release Griffin, it's likely the former first-round draft pick won't be back at FedEx Field in home colors for the 2016 season.

Thus, it's probably safe to say Griffin cleaned out his locker for good Monday.

CSN MidAtlantic captured video of Griffin packing up his belongings. The sight of it may or may not cause the sad Charlie Brown music to begin playing on your computer or mobile device.

Other pool reporters caught stills of their own of Griffin's final cleaning.

The Washington Post's Master Tesfatsion tweeted pictures of Griffin packing up gear and personal belongings in the Redskins locker room Monday morning.

The Washington Post's Michael Lee snapped another shot of Griffin with his boxes.

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko noted the only thing Griffin left behind was an inspirational note, which he peeled up and placed in a prominent position over the locker:

All of this comes after a Sunday night that ended in the former Redskins starter leaving the field in a downpour of hugs.

Of course, this is how it had to go for Griffin. Washington can't afford to pay Kirk Cousins, who will be a free agent up for grabs in 2016, and keep around a backup who was only listed on the active roster once in the 2015 season.

That doesn't make the sight of Griffin's packing up and shipping out any less stark, however. He's a once-bright star who's dealt with injuries, front office squabbles and misuse—seemingly the entire gauntlet of hurdles every NFL player prays to avoid.

And now Griffin is apparently out in Washington, with potential suitors in the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns possibly waiting in the wings with a lighter contract offer on hand.

UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. ET

Speaking to reporters Monday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden essentially confirmed the team will be parting ways with Griffin.

Tesfatsion posted a bit of the transcript of Gruden's remarks regarding the team's former starter. Gruden said Griffin grew a lot as a football player this season and and will hopefully use the lessons he learned as Washington's third-string quarterback in his next endeavor.

I don't know how much you can learn from being thrown to the wolves in the preseason and then kept around on the inactive list so your franchise doesn't risk having to shell out millions in guaranteed injury money, but I guess there could be some wisdom in there.

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Whatever the future holds, don't expect Robert Griffin to go gently into that night. In August, he felt like the best quarterback in the league. He'll be back.

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