The RG3-in-DC era is all but over.
In a widely expected move, the Washington Redskins have released quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to multiple reports. The move comes two days before the start of the official NFL year.
Griffin all but confirmed the news with a tweet after the news broke.
The move has serious salary cap implications for the Redskins, who clear more than $16 million by releasing Griffin, according to The Washington Post.
The release also signals the end of one of the NFL’s most disappointing situations in recent memory. The Redskins executed a blockbuster trade to secure the right to draft Griffin with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Griffin, at times, showed flashes of brilliance, but injuries and inconsistency never allowed him to reach his full potential in D.C.
Griffin’s best season was as a rookie in 2012 when he posted a career-best 102.4 passer rating with 20 touchdown passes and just five interceptions. The injury bug started to bite after that, though, with Griffin appearing in just 22 games over the next two seasons.
The Baylor alum didn’t make a single appearance in 2015, as the Redskins opted to go with Kirk Cousins as their starter. Griffin was inactive for the entire season, watching from the sideline as Washington won the NFC East.
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