( 4UMF NEWS ) Redskins Release Robert Griffin III:
The Washington Redskins have finally made it official. Quarterback Robert Griffin III Monday was released Monday, the team announced.
Griffin, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft, was mostly relegated to a spectator this season, as he was inactive for most of the games this year. With the emergence of Kirk Cousins as Washington’s starter, Griffin’s role with the team shrank, as Washington went 9-7 and made the postseason for the first time since 2012.
The Redskins extended Griffin his fifth-year option in April of 2015, and his release clears up $16.155 million from the salary cap.
In his career, Griffin has completed 63.9% of his passes for 8,097 yards, 40 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.
Griffin is now free to speak with any team. The team unsuccessfully tried to find a trading partner this offseason in an attempt to get compensation for a player everybody knew they were going to release.
Griffin responded to the news Monday with a tweet that included a photo of him with Redskins fans and a message, saying “It was a blessing guys. I just want to say thank you.”