Robert Griffin III Reportedly Released by Redskins

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, eyes the receiver during NFL football practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Robert Griffin III's tenure with the Washington Redskins has reportedly reached its conclusion.

Continue for updates.

Griffin Reportedly Cut

Monday, March 7

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Griffin was released by the Redskins and is now a free agent.

Griffin, Texans Share Mutual Interest

Thursday, March 3

Griffin is "eyeing" the Houston Texans as a possible destination, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, who added the quarterback will likely be on the Texans' radar.

Cowboys Reportedly Could Be Landing Place for Griffin

Saturday, Feb. 27

"[The Dallas Cowboys are] gonna make some moves here," ESPN's Adam Schefter said on KESN-FM 103.3's Cowlishaw and Mosley radio show, per JP Finlay of "Let's just say you sign RG3 during the offseason, you solidify the quarterback position. I think RG3 is gonna be in play for [the Cowboys]."

Teams Have Inquired About Griffin Trade

Friday, Feb. 26

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported "at least two teams" have talked to the Redskins about a trade for Griffin.

Gruden Comments on Griffin

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told reporters he believes injuries derailed Griffin's tenure with the franchise as well as Kirk Cousins' play.

"I haven't spoken to him recently, no," Gruden said when asked if he'd been in contact with the quarterback.

Allen Comments on RG3's Future

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Washington team president Bruce Allen told Mighty 1090 radio in San Diego (via Kevin Patra of that he sees "Robert getting an opportunity with another team." He added, "We've heard from some teams that are interested. I think he's going to have a choice of a couple teams that will let him excel in the future."

Allen also said, "I know some people on the outside always like to be critical, but his teammates like him, his coaches like him, he does have some special talents and we wish him well."

Baker Comments on Griffin's Chances of Future Success

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Washington defensive end Chris Baker told SiriusXM NFL Radio (via the New York Post) he believes Griffin will find success wherever he winds up: "I think Robert just needs an opportunity. He needs a coaching staff that believes in him 100 percent and is going to work with him to help him become the best quarterback he can be. This wasn't the ideal situation or ideal year for a guy like Robert Griffin."

Griffin's Decline Was Sharp After Rookie Season

Griffin's career in Washington went from the glorious high of winning Rookie of the Year and an NFC East title in 2012 to being benched in 2014 and not playing a snap in 2015.

Washington does have to find a long-term contract resolution with its current quarterback, Cousins, who led the team to a division title in 2015 and led the NFL with a 69.8 completion percentage. Cousins received the franchise tag earlier in March.

At 26 years old, Griffin is still very much in his prime. He has a lot to prove after two subpar seasons in 2013 and 2014, and he needs to show he can physically handle the demands of playing quarterback in the NFL.

Yet getting away from a toxic situation in Washington seems like the perfect first step for Griffin. He will also benefit from a weak crop of free-agent quarterbacks, which features Sam Bradford and Ryan Fitzpatrick. There will be teams calling him to suit up next season, possibly as a starter.