Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen told The Dan Sileo Show on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego on Tuesday that quarterback Robert Griffin III will not be back with the team next season (via John Keim of ESPN.com).
"I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team," Allen said. "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."
It's the first time a Redskins official has said Griffin won't be back. It's also confirmation of what has been speculated for quite some time.
Even Griffin knew that his time in Washington was drawing to a close and left this note in his locker after the regular season ended, per CSN Mid-Atlantic's Tarik El-Bashir:
This is all that Robert Griffin III left in his locker... pic.twitter.com/armRzhfN5H— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) January 11, 2016
Per Keim, Washington could have released Griffin on Feb. 8, the day after Super Bowl 50. But the team has not yet made that move, as it was "hoping that another team would trade a low-round pick for him," according to Keim.
The Redskins have until March 9 at 4 p.m. ET to release him; otherwise, his $16.155 million base salary will become guaranteed, per Spotrac.
Washington selected Griffin with the second overall pick in 2012, and he won the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award in his first year. Injuries threw a wrench in his career, though, as the dual-threat quarterback missed 10 games in the next two years.
He didn't play a single snap in 2015 after Kirk Cousins won the team's starting job. Washington is currently trying to sign Cousins to a long-term deal, per Keim.
"From the very beginning, Robert has handled himself like a professional," Allen said. "When we drafted him all the way through, he's been a good teammate and a good guy. I know some people on the outside always like to be critical, but his teammates like him, his coaches like him and he does have some special talents and we wish him well."
A number of teams around the league are in need of help at the quarterback position. However, RG3's inability to stay healthy could scare some of them away from offering him a long-term deal.
If Griffin can remain on the field and recapture some of the magic he created as a rookie, Allen will be proven correct in thinking he can succeed elsewhere.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.