The worst-kept secret in the NFL is out: Robert Griffin III won’t be back with the Washington Redskins next year.
Redskins president Bruce Allen, in an interview with 1090 AM in San Diego, said Tuesday that Griffin would not be on the roster next season. Though Griffin’s departure has been something of a foregone conclusion, it’s the first time someone associated with the Redskins has said that he’ll be gone.
“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.”
The Redskins can release the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Baylor any time until March 9, after which point his $16.155 million salary for 2016 will go be the books.
Washington has held onto Griffin for now, trying to see if someone would trade a pick for his services.
Griffin was the NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 2012, but injuries and a change in coaches stunted his development. He did not take a single snap for the Redskins during the 2015 season. He was active for one game, serving as the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Kirk Cousins.
Washington aims to work out a long-term deal with Cousins, who led the team in 2015 to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. He was a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft, when Griffin was No. 2 overall.
Teams rumored to be interested in Griffin include Dallas and Houston.
Allen praised the way Griffin has handled his time withWashington.
“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.”