While Peyton Manning will be ending his NFL career on Monday, another quarterback's career will be going in a different direction. It is, however, a decision we have also known for a couple of months now, just like Manning's decision to retire.
Confirmed by ESPN, the Washington Redskins have cut quarterback Robert Griffin III. Many have speculated that the Redskins wanted to do this for some time, but were holding out just in case they were able to get something back in return via trade.
This decision had to be done before the start of the new NFL League season on March 9 when his 2016 contract would become fully guaranteed. This move by Washington clears $16.155 million in cap space for the franchise.
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The 26-year-old has come a long way from being the face of the franchise and the 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year. He set records in his first year, having a passer rating of 102.4 and becoming a real threat in the air and on the ground, throwing for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, and only five interceptions, and also running for 815 yards and seven touchdowns.
His amazing rookie year that earned him a Pro Bowl spot - a game he didn't play in due to injuries - now seems like a distant memory. He's just been dealing with more and more problems ever since.
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Injuries have been the main cause for RGIII's downfall with the Redskins, as he was benched for Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy across his time with the team. The injuries began when he damaged his ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee at the end of the 2012 season, followed by a dislocated left ankle at the start of the 2014 season.
2015 was his lowest point with the team, as he didn't play a single snap after sustaining a concussion during the preseason, which caused him to lose the starting spot to Cousins. He became the third-string quarterback and he was, at one point, practicing as a safety with the scout team.
Many have known the Redskins would cut Griffin for months, but it is surprising it has taken this long for them to do so. They would have been lucky to get a good trade for him because he hadn't performed well for the team since his rookie year and most teams knew they could get him on a free if they held out.
As for those teams possibly interested in RGIII's services, a report by NFL.com states: "NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last week the Chiefs, Broncos and Cowboys each would be interested in the 26-year-old quarterback once he hits the open market." The Texans and Rams are quarterback-needy teams, so they could be potential destinations as well.
Overall, any destination for Griffin behind a good quarterback would be the ideal situation for the former offensive rookie of the year, so he can try and rebuild his career to where he once when he was promising back in 2012.
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