Griffin alluded to the impending news earlier in the day with a tweet:
Griffin also offered his thanks in a subsequent message after the news broke:
Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post noted the cap implications:
The former Pro Bowler did not make an appearance in 2015, serving as a backup to Kirk Cousins. He has played in only 22 games since suffering an ACL tear during Washington's 2012 wild-card matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
ESPN analyst and Washington fan Matthew Berry offered his take:
Griffin's knee injury may forever have altered his career trajectory and Washington's franchise outlook. The former Baylor star had one of the greatest rookie seasons in history in 2012, throwing for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns against five interceptions. Utilizing the read-option action to freeze defenses, Griffin also added 815 rushing yards and seven scores while pushing Washington to a division championship.
Tim Kelly commented on Griffin's downfall following his inaugural campaign:
CBSSports.com's Joel Corry pointed out how Griffin's release makes history once again:
Daniel Shiferaw of CSNMidAtlantic.com expressed his disappointment over how things turned out:
This is a solid GIF characterization of the Griffin-Washington relationship:
While his career in Washington ended in disappointment, he's not expected to have any trouble finding a job. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported "at least 10 teams" have interest. As such, speculation has already run rampant about where Griffin may be headed:
Still, Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post pointed out Griffin will need to salvage his reputation:
Responding to Hubbuch's point, though, was ESPN's Bomani Jones with at least one testimonial from a teammate:
As it stands, no one's quite sure what to make of Griffin at this point. He looked like a franchise savior in 2012, did fine given the circumstances in 2013 and was largely a mess in 2014. That's not typically the preferred trajectory for a franchise quarterback.
However, he is only 26 years old. There is still more than enough time to repair his career, and there may be no player in football more in need of a change of scenery. The relationship between Griffin and Washington grew borderline toxic over the last two years, and both parties share some of the blame. Perhaps his release will be the wake-up call Griffin needs to return to Pro Bowl form.
Or maybe we'll look back on this day in a couple of years as the beginning of the end.
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