Washington should cut Griffin now

AP

Three years ago, the NFL unfairly swiped $36 million in cap space from Washington for treating the uncapped year of 2010 like (who knew?) an uncapped year. Also in 2012, the team gave up three first-round picks and a second-round pick to get quarterback Robert Griffin III.

And his continuing presence on the roster puts the team at risk of losing $16.1 million in cap space and cash in 2016.

Now that Griffin finally has been cleared from a concussion that it initially wasn’t clear he had even suffered, the team needs to unload him before another concussion or some other injury potentially forces them to pay him the money next year. For now, his fifth-year option salary is guaranteed for injury only. Surely, the team will be cutting him before that amount becomes fully guaranteed in March.

So why not do it now?

They’re likely squatting on his rights because they’ll owe him $3.249 million for 2015 whether he’s on the team or not, and that amount won’t be reduced by money he makes elsewhere. But if the broader goal is to keep him from being injured in a way that would chew up more than 10 percent of the team’s cap space in 2016, why not eliminate the temptation to play Griffin by removing him from the roster?

Another more convoluted reason to keep Griffin potentially arises from the fear that he’ll go somewhere else and thrive. By next year, that won’t matter, since there’s no way he’ll be back at $16.1 million. So why not part ways now, when he’d have a much harder time learning a new offense on the fly and contributing to a new team, even if it were a team like the Eagles?

Sure, the team would have only Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy at quarterback if Griffin goes. So bring in Terrelle Pryor or Jeff Tuel or Rex Grossman or pretty much anyone who’s available and who wouldn’t saddle the team with a $16 million liability in 2016 if he gets seriously injured in 2015.

For anyone confused by why the franchise landed at No. 32 in our initial power rankings of the season, the fact that Griffin remains employed by it is pretty much all the evidence you need.

102 responses to “Washington should cut Griffin now

  1. Washington is silly for not getting rid of RG3 immediately. There’s no up side to this situation, so why not just let the man go? This looks like another one of that idiot Snyder’s decisions which, along with his racist, obstinate refusal to change the team’s name, continues to make the Washington team the laughingstock of the league. The one thing I can say in Washington’s defense is that at least no one’s accusing them of cheating (like Belichick, Brady, and the Pats always do.)

  2. I really, honestly miss the old, old days when the Skins were a good and fun team to watch. I’m afraid it’ll be at least another decade, maybe two, before that happens again – and it will only be when Snyder is gone.

  3. Personally, the more I see the more I believe that Snyder is letting Gruden sit RG3 right now so he has enough to fire Gruden at the end of the year and bring in a coach that will work with RG3.

    I don’t believe that they are holding because he might thrive somewhere else because any where that would take him (that would give him a realistic chance to play) has a pretty bad O-line as well. So they couldn’t cover for his current inability to be a pocket passer.

    Snyder still loves RG3 while he doesn’t love Gruden, that is all I need to see.

  4. Now that the NFL Season has started, the R’Skins are NOW mathematically eliminated from any post-season play.

    Well now . . let’s all say it together: There is always . . . . NEXT year.

  5. nflinsider711 says:
    Sep 12, 2015 9:23 AM

    Kirk has to show he’s the franchise before you cut RG3.
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    I like Cousins, and he was great at MSU. Bt he hasn’t shown anything close to Franchise QB ability at the NFL level. Having said that, this is his second opportunity to show that he has that ability, and hopefully he does. But he has nothing to do with cutting Griffin.

    Even if Cousins steps up and succeeds, Washington is taking a QB in the next draft. The only thing in question is what round they do it. Florio is spot-on with his argument. There is absolutely no reason to keep RGIII on the roster anymore, and 16 million reasons to cut him before he even laces up for practice again. Not doing it is simply the owner refusing to do the smart thing…again.

  6. Lolz I bet some desperate team would offer at least a free ride from the airport and a couple cases of gatorade for RGFragileEgo.

    Anything more would be as epic a mistake as the draft trade the got him to Washington in the first place.

  7. RG3 style of play does not fit Jay Gruden’s system. Why bring in a head coach that’s more concern about changing him rather than building off his strenghts. RG3 would be much more productive as a game manager. Cousins as a starter is what 2-7? I say, simply bc you’ve invested so much into RG3 give the man a opportunity to play outta his slump! Luck and Russel, no injuries same head coaches, same systems.

  8. Griffin is vick 2.0, he’s a waste of space and Snyder needs to get over his man crush on this guy. The REDSKINS can return to some prominence as soon as they decide to start McCoy or Cousins.

  9. I could deal with the whole “he’s the 2nd best qb on this team.” I could get that they don’t want to take the hit they would take if they cut him.

    But if this guy gets hurt, in practice or in game (which, if he’s the backup, he’s probably playing at some point), then they owe him $16 million next year. Considering he’s never played an entire season without getting injured, that seems pretty likely.

    They already traded the draft picks. They’re not getting them back. They just need to make the best decision GOING FORWARD.

  10. Kirk has to show he’s the franchise before you cut RG3.
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    Don’t worry about waiting on that because he isn,t. Your next qb is playing college football right now somewhere.

  11. People talk style of play and not fitting Gruden’s system….

    RG fails not because of a “system” but because he can not read a defense and he’s no longer the fastest guy on the field.

    NFL DE’s run a 40 in what he’s uses to seeing top WR’s run in college. He can NOT read and run like he did at Baylor.

    He can NOT read a defense to progress through his options for throwing the ball. This is because he either isn’t smart enough or doesn’t put in the film time. I’ll let RG decide which one he’s willing to admit to.

    This year’s salary is a sunk cost – you’re paying it either way but putting him on the team at all exposes your business to a 16 million dollar risk. No business man would make that decision were there not ego involved.

  12. Not sure why I was blocked earlier, but why mention the uncapped year? It has absolutely nothing to do with this situation. Nothing at all. And from what I’ve read, the teams weren’t punished for treating it like an uncapped year, but they were punished for moving money due to players in future years into that year. Which they were told not to do… But I’m sure this’ll be blocked again.

  13. Doesn’t he need a career ending injury for that $16M to kick in? You’ve explained on this site many times how hard it is to establish that one injury is legitimately a career ending injury for the purposes of guaranteed but not really guaranteed money in contracts.

  14. Cutting him now is the only thing that makes any sense at all. They are not willing to eat that 16 million if he gets hurt so they won’t play him. He can just as easily get hurt in practice and that would still cost them the money. Nobody will trade for him because of that option because they would assume the risk for the 16 million. There is obvious turmoil in the locker room regardless of what they say publicly. The best thing to do would be to cut him and remove the drama all at once rather than let everything fester throughout the season.

  15. How about Griffin for Manziel? Or better yet, Griffin for Mettenburger? Could Tennessee fit him under the cap as a backup to their sure-to-get-injured-soon running qb playing behind a leaky o-line?

  16. Cut him, re sign him to a new contract that doesn’t have that money for next year. And then put him out there with HIS playing style plays and see what he can do one final time…. No more excuses, no more drama…just play the game and let him run, run, run until his brittle skinny legs get crushed or he gets his head taken off because he doesn’t slide right.
    If he is successful great, if he isn’t then you have your FINAL answer.

  17. The lesson here is if the Indianapolis Colts have the first pick in the draft and choose a quarterback, the second pick will fail (i.e., Manning / Ryan Leaf and Luck / RG3, or even Jeff George / Blair Thomas)

  18. In a logical situation, the original post makes sense.
    But this is not a logical situation.
    This is a power struggle between the coaches and front office.

    Snyder is essentially saying to Gruden “go ahead, start your guy, prove me wrong”.
    If Gruden wins this year with Cousins, RGIII won’t be in Washington past February. If Gruden doesn’t win, Snyder will send Gruden and staff packing, and still have his prize QB in possession a year rested and a year wiser from watching on the sideline during games and practice as RG3rd string.

  19. birdsfan1215 says:

    “The Washington team continues to amuse me – delusional fans, pathetic owner, soulless stadium, derogatory team name – the list is almost endless.”

    What amuses me are Philly fans who bash other teams in their conference on topics that are superficial, and aren’t of major importance (although I agree the owner is pathetic).

    What is still the fly in the soup for you delusional Philly fans is that Washington, regardless of all of their problems, STILL has 3 more SB wins than Philly with their ZERO SB wins. Washington fans at least have a SB winning legacy and trophies in their case.

    Philly, on the other hands, has only smoothies, throwing snowballs at Santa Claus, and vomiting by their QB in a losing effort at the SB in their legacy.

    I would rather have 3 SB wins and a pathetic owner versus zero SB wins and an uber-frustrated fan base with SB envy in Philly

  20. ok…it’s all good; got my RG3 story for the day (the earlier the better)…but ya can’t have multiple stories on a 3rd stringer in any given day…please play by the rules…

  21. Not a Redskins fan, but they should let RG3 go. Its obvious it will not work with the Moron jay Gruden coaching the team. Kirk Cousins will have a better shot without having to worry about RG3 being on the team. I understand the money part, but for all partis involved, it would be better to cut ties and move on.

  22. mattypbillsmafia says:
    Sep 12, 2015 10:21 AM
    Not sure why I was blocked earlier, but why mention the uncapped year? It has absolutely nothing to do with this situation. Nothing at all. And from what I’ve read, the teams weren’t punished for treating it like an uncapped year, but they were punished for moving money due to players in future years into that year. Which they were told not to do… But I’m sure this’ll be blocked again.
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    Surprised this got through. You are absolutely correct but that diminishes the collusion allegation that recently got tossed out of court. Dallas and Washington dumped future salaries into the uncapped year and thus were able to spend more once the cap returned. They were artificially under where they should have been and that is why they were fined (to bring them back up). The league never bothered to explain it well and so the collusion claim persists. The bulk of that claim was about the colluded unofficial cap number. The fact that many teams exceeded that number making it a false claim is somehow always ignored.

  23. itsfootballbaby says:
    Sep 12, 2015 10:39 AM

    The Redskins organization makes the Browns look like the Patriots.
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    lol, umm..no. The Browns are even worse. At least the Redskins have made the playoffs three times in the past 10 years.

  24. mattypbillsmafia says:
    Sep 12, 2015 10:21 AM

    Not sure why I was blocked earlier, but why mention the uncapped year? It has absolutely nothing to do with this situation. Nothing at all. And from what I’ve read, the teams weren’t punished for treating it like an uncapped year, but they were punished for moving money due to players in future years into that year. Which they were told not to do… But I’m sure this’ll be blocked again.
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    Don’t know why you were blocked earlier. But, moving money due to players future into an uncapped year…because there is no salary cap…is treating it like an uncapped year…because there was no salary cap. They paid them that year, because there was no cap and they could.

  25. Snyder is really a genius. He’s benching Bob so he can sign him to a cheaper long term multi million dollar deal next year. He’s trying to drive the price down since Bob is in demand.

  26. I don’t care to much for the Redskins, but since this is an NFL reporting site (and should therefore use proper team names when reporting on them) – I pretty much just scan and thumbs down anyone who says “the Washington team” “r’skins” or any other politically correct jumbo jumbo and thumbs up people who actually say “Redskins.’ Come on, I’m not the only one…

  27. bigjdve says:
    Sep 12, 2015 9:40 AM

    Personally, the more I see the more I believe that Snyder is letting Gruden sit RG3 right now so he has enough to fire Gruden at the end of the year and bring in a coach that will work with RG3
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    The thing that bugs me is that everybody is riding Gruden but nobody says squat about that idiot Bruce Allen who hired Gruden and actually got rid of all the draft picks to obtain RG3. He has made a host of critical errors not the least of which was being the guy in charge when they got the 36 million dollars taken from them. O yea i forgot Bruce Allen is a tremendous capologist. Right. Cant fire Dan but Bruce needs to go in the worst way.

  28. What people are forgetting and what this article fails to report is, Griffin would have to be hurt until next Match for that salary to be guaranteed, if Griffin could pass a physical by the deadline then he can still be cut. So he would have to suffer a major injury such as another torn ACL for this to even apply. So why not keep him, he still has a chance to return to prior playing ability. Of Cousins can’t get it done then Griffin will be back in, and if they both suck then they’re both gone next year. It would be ignorant to cut Griffin, just because of the off chance he sustains a major injury, especially when he will get paid the same this year either way you look at it.

  29. “one thing I can say in Washington’s defense is that at least no one’s accusing them of cheating (like Belichick, Brady, and the Pats always do.)”

    You need to check the history of the Washington team. They have been accused of various cheats just as often as New England has.

    Oh that’s right, when its Washington the league “is screwing them and fabricating things” but when its the Pats you believe the same people that you claim lied about your team.

    For the record I should have listened to Saints, Washington and Dallas fans about the league railroading them.

  30. An ESPN re-draft said the Skins should have picked Russell Wilson…and they are correct. I do not know if RG3 was an egomaniac before he was drafted, but once fame and glory of being Rookie of the Year got to him—and Snyder’s sucking up to his ego at the expense of a good coach, Shanahan–RG3 became eseentially worthless as a franchise QB.

    Then again, this could have happened to Wilson as well (thus, glad he went to Seattle!)

  31. NFL needs a D league to develope QB’s

    The FXFL is trying to do partner with them, they did use NFL training refs last year.

    FXFL is small but model is the right one

  32. isn’t it possible that they’re keeping him on the roster as the 3rd QB to see if any teams have an injured quarterback that want to trade 3rd day pick for him later this season?

  33. Hold RG until a team needs to trade for a QB. Releasing him does nothing to help the Redskins season. There will be a team willing to trade a 6th or 5th for him. Also, the $16 million can be negotiated to complete a trade.

  34. Cut him now to end the distraction. A lot of you guys are down on Captain Kirk but take away the interceptions and his stats put him in the top ten QB’s last season. He’s also never had first team reps during OTA’s or the preseason. Now that he’s getting those reps in practice, he should show improvement this season. Also, unlike Griffin, he’s a great guy in the locker room and never throws his teammates under a bus.

  35. The Skins are never going to resign him at 16 million. But the real reason they need to release and move on is, as soon as Kirk throws a couple of picks, there will be some knuckleheads in the stadium chanting RG3 and the circus will begin, along with the end of the season. I have 4 RG jerseys and do not want to see him go, but his mouth work and play on the field have made this an easy decision. Hopefully this will be a humbling experience and he will grow somewhere else. It’s not going to happen here.

  36. Perhaps the lesson for the NFL is to not draft a QB that still has college eligibility left. Compare RGIII with Andrew Luck.

  37. I agree. If they really thought he could thrive elsewhere, then why wouldn’t they start him this year? No point in waiting til late in the season to give him one last chance, increasing the chances he’ll get seriously hurt. Cut him now

  38. Considering how Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder manage the team, salary cap and draft picks, I’m surprised they aren’t drawing straws over who gets to kneecap RGIII

  39. v2787 says:
    Sep 12, 2015 9:31 AM
    The one thing I can say in Washington’s defense is that at least no one’s accusing them of cheating (like Belichick, Brady, and the Pats always do.)

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    That is because Washington does not beat your team and the rest of the haters’ teams like a drum year after year.

  40. What really grinds my gears is the phrase “the Washington football team”. If you don’t want to say “Redskins”, that’s fine, it’s a free country, but just say “Washington”, we all know what you mean. “the Washington team” is just a way to draw attention to your refusal to say “Redskins”, as if not saying it makes you cool or something. It’s a personal choice not to say Redskins, not something to brag about.

  41. lilrichard1918 says:
    Sep 12, 2015 12:50 PM

    Perhaps the lesson for the NFL is to not draft a QB that still has college eligibility left. Compare RGIII with Andrew Luck.
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    Griffin graduated college in three years, that’s why he still had a year of eligibility left– Good point Rich. I can’t stick up for the crummy player anymore, but let’s give the kid himself a little slack.

  42. The Redskins did not give up 3 first round picks for RG3. They gave up two. The other first round pick was a swap with the Rams where they moved up.

  43. Washington shouldn’t cut rg3 at all due to the fact Kirk hasn’t proven that he can be a franchise QB yet and if he doesn’t show he can be a NFL starter then why cut a QB like rg3 until you know for sure . If you cut him now and Kirk doesn’t play like the future then what? Start all over again and that’s what fans are sick of the most, hitting the restart button

  44. This is why if you have a front office and coach that doesn’t let their ego make their decisions you should feel lucky. That’s the problem here. Every team makes mistakes. The key is to have the strength to fix those mistakes even though fixing them confirms the mistake. Look at the Seahawks and Percy harvin. They could have chosen to keep him despite his issues but they cut him. After that everything came out about what was going on and the team looked bad. They also went to the super bowl again that year. Admit your mistake and move on.

  45. If they are trying to keep him from signing in Philly, now would be the best time to release him. If they do cut him, RG3 is going to try to go somewhere he has a chance to play, as soon as possible. In Philly, he obviously is going to be behind Bradford, and if he does go down, they are going to go to Sanchez, not RG3

    Chips offense requires a guy who can read a defense, identify the mismatch, and get the ball there accurately as quick as possible. Anything else, arm strength, mobility, ability to shake off sacks, etc, is by far a secondary concern. That is also, by far, RG3’s weakest attribute as a QB. If Philly does sign him, Chip is not going to play him until he has a chance to coach him up and get him to learn his offense. That will not happen this season. The ONLY way would be if both guys in front of him went down

    If they cut him in March, the Eagles have no QB’s under contract (I’m pretty sure, it’s possible Sanchez singed a 2 year deal? Don’t remember, and don’t feel like checking, lol), and know they would have a solid 6 months to have him digest the playbook. Unlike Washington, if he can’t or won’t do that, you can just cut him with no problem. Unless Bradford says healthy and has a great year (in which case they wouldn’t want a new QB anyway), they could also then sell him on the chance that he “could” be the starter

    Seems to me, if they are trying to keep him out of the division (especially Philly), now would be the time to dump him. I would think he’d rather sign with a team like Buffalo, NYJ, or Houston where you would think he’d have a better chance of getting on the field, as opposed to Philly where he is going to be holding a clipboard for most of, if not all of, the season

  46. He can’t be out of town fast enough. This kid has less accountability than OJ. He had an offense designed specifically for him, didn’t want to do that or thought he was better….. Broke himself against the Seahawks (told Trent Williams not to say anything), blames the coach that made him a super star, ran the coach that made him what he is out of town…… Branded himself (Adidas will regret that), can’t read defenses, he is the Samuel l Jackson character from unbreakable. Did I mention his daily devotional. This kid has an ego the size of Texas, except when criticized then he runs behind his daddy and acts like a complete coward.

  47. Snyder needs more cover before he cuts Griffiths and admits he made a huge mistake not only with his contract but giving up all those draft picks to get the guy.

    He’s hoping Griffiths does something stupid so he can justify cutting him.

  48. winslow1959 says:
    Sep 12, 2015 1:06 PM
    Whatever happened to letting a rookie quarterback sit for his first four or five years before they ever would consider starting him?

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    The rookie contract scale as negotiated in the CBA. It essentially forces teams to play 1st and 2nd round rookies regardless.

  49. If Russel Wilson was drafted by the Skins in 2012, we’d be talking about him getting cut right now.

    If RG3 was drafted by the Seahawks in 2012, he’d have just signed a new contract extension.

    Its the organizations.

  50. There are two people in the D.C. area that are in over their collective heads. But still claim what they are doing is right, and they are the best no matter the evidence to the contrary.

  51. The problem is the team.
    Heath Shuler Patrick Ramsey Trent Green Gus Ferrotte Jason Campbell. Again and again the Redskins draft or sign QB top 10 middle round late round it doesn’t matter they all crash and burn. Meanwhile well run organizations like the Pats get 6th rd picks and turn them into hall of famers

  52. While I’m all in favor of cutting Griffin for many of reasons Florio laid out, he was just cleared from concussion protocol about 36 hours ago. He in all likelihood won’t even be active on Sunday, so there’s no urgency in making the decision, except, of course, to appease the (media) masses.

    As for the O-line comments I keep reading on here, the Skins line is, at worst, average. They’ve been one of the top rushing teams for the last 3 seasons and when anybody but RG3 is QB, especially, Cousins, the sack rate is top 10. Let’s give a chance for the young right side of the line to get their sea legs and gel. Chances are good they will have one of the better 0-lines in the league by year’s end, pending injuries.

    Finally, for all you gurus who have made an absolute judgment on Cousins I say this: after 9 career starts? Really? You know how many QB’s struggle early in their career? Darn near all of them. Cousins is hardly the first to throw a lot of interceptions early in his career. Heck, Eli still throws a bunch of them. This is the second year in Gruden’s offense. Let’s give it the season before going yea or nay on Cousins.

  53. The real question is why his fifth-year option was ever picked up at that ridiculous price. Prepare for your 4-12 season and draft your franchise QB in 2016.

  54. Personally, I’d rather Griffin get cut now then the team can just move on. We fans have had to put up with way too much off-field drama for far too long (Remember Haynesworthless).

    Let Cousins PLAY without drama-media-spotlight Griffin still present in the locker room. Griffin will never be the QB he thinks he is, because the play style he gives results in him getting hurt and the team loses. It’s akin to thinking you’re a Mercedes but the Chevy bowtie is on the grille IMO. And BTW, there’s no way that changing the Redskins name is going to change how they play on the field. HTTR aka Hail To The Redskins!!!

  55. Here is the good news. The Griffin era is over. I know its hard to believe but Cousins will succeed. The Skins will beat Miami, Kirk will look pretty good, the Defense will be extremely stout, and suddenly the talk about Griffin will finally take a limited back seat to WINNING FOOTBALL.

    You won’t like it. Griffin won’t like it, but it will happen that on Monday we are talking about Cousins and possible playoffs…..and Griffin will be on the back page for at least a day.

    Scott M has a plan and I can assure you that it doesn’t include more drama surrounding the QB. This is quite frankly ridiculous to be talking about a QB controversy or Griffins tweets every day of every week of every month. A franchise cannot move forward like that, and in case you missed it, this franchise has already moved on. No more drama unless you want to talk about why it took so long to move on from Griffin cause that is the only question. And that involves Snyder. Griffin won’t see the field any more and won’t be on the Skins roster after this season. Period.

  56. agc99 says:
    Sep 12, 2015 10:57 AM
    Snyder is really a genius. He’s benching Bob so he can sign him to a cheaper long term multi million dollar deal next year. He’s trying to drive the price down since Bob is in demand.
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    If you know there’s a market for Griffin, and you imply this is true by stating “since Bob is in demand”, I want him traded then now please. If the demand is from the Jets, the Texans, or the Bills, the only teams I’d think of that even are remotely in the market for him, trade now. HTTR

    Oh, BTW he’s not Bob. He’s Griffin period because he’s not earned any nicknames not even RGIII in my book.

  57. Cut Griffin now. Roll with Cousins the entire year and see how he matures. Griffin has had his chance to learn the pro game and failed. Don’t compound the comedy of errors with another 16MM dead cap hit next year. The Skins can use that cap space on players that can contribute to wins and improvement. The only option for the Skins if Cousins does not have what it takes after 16 games as the starter is drafting a new QB next year.

  58. Cutting him now actually makes very little sense. Why be on the hook for RG3 AND his replacement’s salary for the full year if you can wait a week and pay his replacement week to week?

    At least that’s how I understand the contracts to work. On the roster week 1 gets full year pay, after week 1 is free to cut any time.

    I could be wrong though.

  59. Ilcamino the Skims are on the hook for his salary this year and a prorated portion of his signing bonus regarless. The money owed him is a sunk cost and he’s a distraction and salary cap liability so just cut him and get it overwith. Its best for both parties to just move on.

  60. fromthere2,

    I realize they are in the hook for RG3 all year regardless. What I’m saying is that if they cut him now, they’d have to (most likely) fill that roster spot with another QB. Let’s say it’s Rex Grossman for sake of argument. If they cut RG3 and sign Rex before week 1, they have to pay BOTH of them all year, even if they realize Rex stinks and they want to cut him. But if they wait to cut RG3 and sign Rex next week, they can cut Rex anytime they want and only pay him for time served. It’s why you see a lot of Vets get signed week 2. So the smart move is to cut RG3 next week. Which is exactly why they WON’T do that.

  61. TD Hawk says:
    Sep 12, 2015 12:49 PM

    The Washington football team reminds me of Syria, in that there are zero even remotely positive options.

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    Seahawks aren’t really that bad.

  62. Woo wee I see all the arm chair GM’s are out in full force.

    Thanks but we have a GM and he wants to hold onto RGIII for his own GM like reasons, nobody said he was the number 2 QB he may never suit up on game day again who knows? Just let our guy do his job okay bye bye

  63. “llcamino says:
    Sep 12, 2015 7:10 PM
    fromthere2,

    I realize they are in the hook for RG3 all year regardless. What I’m saying is that if they cut him now, they’d have to (most likely) fill that roster spot with another QB. Let’s say it’s Rex Grossman for sake of argument.”
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    Just something to consider, which you may have done so already. Assume that Griffin is released anytime this season. Obviously, the roster has dropped to 52. That open roster spot may be filled with a player at any position unless I’m mistaken. NFL requires 2 QBs I’m thinking, so 3 is not a requirement.

  64. Sep 12, 2015 2:47 PM
    winslow1959 says:
    Sep 12, 2015 1:06 PM
    Whatever happened to letting a rookie quarterback sit for his first four or five years before they ever would consider starting him?

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    The rookie contract scale as negotiated in the CBA. It essentially forces teams to play 1st and 2nd round rookies regardless.

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    Well, that answer couldn’t be more wrong. The last QB to get a contract so big they basically were married to them for 5-6 years, was Sam Bradford. Luck was the #1 pick, and he’s going to make about 3.5 million this year (although counting against the cap about 7 million). He gets a nice raise next year, either from an extension or from the 16 million option (similar to RG3 in numbers), but that will be the first season that his salary is anything approaching prohibitive.

    The next CBA made it infinitely more acceptable, salary wise, to sit a guy for a year or two if you feel it’s needed. Contracts like the Russell fiasco went out the window with the last CBA, they didn’t start there

  65. Ranking the Skins 32nd in your preseason poll for the team name and benching RG3 is stupid. Take a look at the talent on the team. There is no way that they are the worst team in the league, despite your wish that they were. Their WR’s, DLine, OLB’s, RB’s and, lastly, Cousins show that they are not the worst team. Just really dumb ranking.

  66. mushroommike says:
    Sep 12, 2015 4:29 PM

    The real question is why his fifth-year option was ever picked up at that ridiculous price. Prepare for your 4-12 season and draft your franchise QB in 2016.
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    I have no problem with that at all, a franchise QB sounds great. I’ve always been confused when fans of other team mouth off about how Griffin sucks and the Redskins should go get a real quarterback– do you want us to have a real quarterback?

    And they picked up the fifth year option because otherwise they wouldn’t be able to trade him after the season was over.

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