LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III exited the same way he did after every other home game this season: quietly. But unlike those other times, he does so not knowing which team he'll be with for his next game.
Griffin’s contract is up and, after being inactive for 16 of the Redskins’ 17 games this season, he’s clearly not in their plans. The Redskins will need to cut Griffin or pay him the $16.2 million option they picked up for 2016. They have until March 9 to release him.
Griffin declined to comment after the game, but might talk to the media when the Redskins have their exit physicals Monday.
He could always opt to renegotiate his option, but there’s little incentive for him to do so -- and the bigger question to ask is: Why would he want to stick around? He was the Redskins’ starter entering training camp, but was benched after two preseason games for Kirk Cousins. The Redskins did not think Griffin had showed much progress from last season. There were some glimpses that the coaches hoped would translate into success, but they did not. He was made their third-string quarterback, behind Colt McCoy, and remained in that spot all season.
Griffin was made active one time, during a Week 6 loss at the New York Jets, when the Redskins had to put seven injured players on the inactive list. That also was the last time Griffin addressed the media.
Griffin needs to prove that he can develop into a dropback passer if he wants to have a long tenure in the NFL. The next question will be where. A lot of teams need quarterback depth, which will provide him an opportunity to continue. But where that next chance comes will be a topic of conversation for the next few months.
The Redskins drafted Griffin in the first round four years ago. He led them to a division title as a rookie, winning rookie of the year honors, but tore multiple ligaments in his right knee during a playoff loss. He struggled in the following two seasons before losing his job for good this summer.