No one wants to trade for RGIII’s contract

AP

Washington quarterback-turned-scout team safety Robert Griffin III would be available in a deadline trade if anyone wanted him. But no one wants him.

Or, more precisely, no one wants his contract.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that Washington has received a grand total of zero calls from other teams about making a trade for Griffin. The trade deadline is today at 4 p.m. ET.

It’s not that no team thinks Griffin has potential, despite the fact that he’s been demoted to third-string quarterback behind Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy. But no team would be willing to take on the enormous risk in Griffin’s contract: If Griffin were to suffer a serious injury this year, he would be guaranteed a 2016 salary of $16.155 million. That’s a total non-starter for any NFL team.

And that points to how foolish it was of Washington to pick up the fifth-year option on Griffin. If Griffin didn’t have that enormous injury guarantee, some team might be willing to trade for him in the hopes that he could show some promise this year and then sign an extension for next year and beyond. Instead, Griffin will spend this year on the sidelines in Washington and be released after the season is over. He’ll sign with some other team in the spring, and Washington will get nothing.

73 responses to “No one wants to trade for RGIII’s contract

  1. Smith’s implied criticism of Redskins’ GM McCloughan is off base. The plan was never to trade RG3. Why would any team give anything of real value anyway, even without the $16 mil. guarantee, when they could just wait until the offseason and sign him for nothing?

  2. Remember when he was going to revolutionize how the QB position was played. Good times … good times.

  3. It gives RGIII more time to work on his brand. It seems like that was his focus any way during the last several years.

    Please do not let him end up in Philly next year. Vince Young 2.0.

  4. What are the salary cap implications if the Skins were to just outright release him,today? If the Skins have zero intention of him ever being the QB for Washington, why keep that potential salary cap killer of potentially 17 million around? An injury would stunt their movement in trying to build upon some glimmer of hope that Jay Gruden has going in Landover.

  5. He still has value. Have you seen some of the clowns out there masquerading as NFL qbs? Washington would have gotten a pick if they traded him before picking up that ridiculous option.

  6. The implied criticism of the GM IS off base, but not because picking up RGIII option wasn’t monumentally stupid, its because if very unlikely McCloughan had any choice in the matter.

    It was Snyder’s decision to bet the farm on RGIII and it was clearly a Snyder decision to keep him around for one more year as some sort of face saving measure.

    The funny thing is that the skins look even more stupid for keeping him than if they had just cut bait on him.

    There is only on owner in the league that is as bad as Snyder and that is Jerha Jones. Neither the cowboys or the redskins will ever win or even get to a SB as long as those guys are alive or own the team. And before cowboy fans blather on about 20 years ago…..Jimmy Johnson isn’t coming back and the salary cap isn’t going away.

  7. “Smith’s implied criticism of Redskins’ GM McCloughan is off base. The plan was never to trade RG3. Why would any team give anything of real value anyway, even without the $16 mil. guarantee, when they could just wait until the offseason and sign him for nothing?”

    Only if Washington cuts him. He’s under contract for 2016 for a salary of ~$16mil, none of which is guaranteed except for the aforementioned injury clause.

    If Washington hadn’t exercised the 5th year option and if RGIII had turned around his performance, they could still have kept him with the franchise tender which is not a whole lot more than his 2016 salary.

  8. As a result of Washington trading up to draft RG3, they will be left with nothing other than the legacy of a QB who had a brief flirtation with success before severe injuries helped turn him into a non-viable starting QB.

    Meanwhile, the Rams parlayed those draft picks into several starters and some role players. Even if RG3 hadn’t turned into a bust, the Rams were looking like the big winners.

  9. The option was picked up because he was going to be their Starting QB and they wanted him under contract for next year if he played well.

    I mean when the option was picked up the articles noted it as being routine and obvious but now its stupid and out of nowhere…

  10. “There is only on owner in the league that is as bad as Snyder and that is Jerha Jones. Neither the cowboys or the redskins will ever win or even get to a SB as long as those guys are alive or own the team. And before cowboy fans blather on about 20 years ago…..Jimmy Johnson isn’t coming back and the salary cap isn’t going away.”
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    HEY! I’m a 49er fan and I take serious offense to that statement. I must INSIST that Jed York is the worst owner in football.

  11. If you want a running QB, better make sure he’s Cam Newton’s size or that he has escapability of Russell Wilson…

  12. That’s really too bad. Either someone in the ‘Skins’ camp or RGIII’s camp lacked enough foresight to see this coming. Blind greed.

    It’s really too bad because RGIII is overdue for a change of scenery. It was evident he crapped out in Washington as early as last season.

  13. Meanwhile, the Rams parlayed those draft picks into several starters and some role players and still no playoff appearances, and none likely coming. Meanwhile, the RGIII did bring the Redskins to the playoffs immediately.

    You choose 1 year of good service and a playoff appearance, or 10 years of good service and nothing to show for it.

  14. “No one wants to trade for RGIII’s contract”

    No kidding, really? Why wouldn’t anyone want the self professed “best QB in the league.” logicalvoice where are you?

  15. Near the end of pre-season, when the Redskins decided to go with Cousins, they could have worked something out with RG3.
    Get him to agree to waive the injury guarantee for some money, like 1MM.
    Then trade him for a late draft pick.
    Would a team trade a 5th rounder for him? A 6th rounder?

    The Redskins save paying RG3 his salary, even if they have to pay him something to agree to the trade/waive the injury guarantee, plus they get something of possible use (late draft pick).

    RG3 goes to where he has a fresh start, and may be wanted, at least in the beginning.

    The receiving team gives up a late draft pick, and a little money for RG3s rookie salary. They get a close look at him.

  16. RG3 will be leading the Redskins for years. Snyder picked him. Do you really think Gruden was his first choice. I can see Allen and Gruden gone. I can see McCloughan bringing in his own guy next year. We like Kirk but he will be allowed to hit the market. Remember Kirk was Shanahan’s choice. I was hoping we might offer Cleveland something for Mack or Mingo but we shall see. after the Patriots bring the “Kirk-mania” to a brutal halt, then plan to succeed will begin.

  17. Remember when Skins fans touted how much of a no-brainer that contract was?

    Wait – they may have been right about that.

  18. “There is only on owner in the league that is as bad as Snyder and that is Jerha Jones. Neither the cowboys or the redskins will ever win or even get to a SB as long as those guys are alive or own the team. And before cowboy fans blather on about 20 years ago…..Jimmy Johnson isn’t coming back and the salary cap isn’t going away.”
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    HEY! I’m a 49er fan and I take serious offense to that statement. I must INSIST that Jed York is the worst owner in football.
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    HEY! I’m a Lions fan. We are the worst franchise in the NFL, and the Ford family takes a back seat to no one, when it comes to being the worst owners around. (bought in 1964; 1 Playoff win in the Super Bowl Era)

  19. It wasn’t foolish of them to exercise the option. At the time, they didn’t know if RG3 was their best quarterback. The other guys were not sporting great stats either, and everyone seemed to think that RG3 has improved. Looking back, with Cousins playing arguably better football than RG3, it looks like it was a bad move. In the end, it comes down to the Redskins missing out on the possibility of getting nothing more than a fifth round pick in trade and I am being generous here.

  20. Since the Rypien Era the skins have had QB they have let go become all pros or lead teams to SB
    Rich Gannon
    Brad Johnson
    Trent Green
    Even Jason Campbell went on to have success with the Raiders
    the problem is the organization winning the offseason every year.

  21. rufustfireflyjr says:
    Nov 3, 2015 9:15 AM

    Smith’s implied criticism of Redskins’ GM McCloughan is off base. The plan was never to trade RG3. Why would any team give anything of real value anyway, even without the $16 mil. guarantee, when they could just wait until the offseason and sign him for nothing?
    —–

    Wrong. They didn’t have to pick up the option. Doesn’t matter what ‘plan’ they had. Or better yet, it showcases they are incapable of creating a plan at all.

    They could of picked up the option after this season, when he showed whether or not he was worth keeping. By doing so, they locked themselves in, and thus by them doing it, they showcased they are complete and utter morons with NO PLAN.

    Even if the ‘plan’ was to keep him, his play and injury history showed they should be cautious about picking up that option until the LAST MINUTE, and had they done that, they could of traded him instead of likely releasing him and getting nothing.

    Someone would of paid something for him. It might have only been a 6th or 7th round pick, but that’s better then nothing.

    Now instead, they won’t have that pick AND they are on the hook for all that money, which could keep them from…
    a) re-signing some player worth keeping
    b) signing some players so the Redskins can start moving forward instead of bottom feeding.

    So yeah… what was the plan again? Lock yourself in to this guy to be an 8 figure scout team QB?

    Championship!!!!

  22. Hilarious 49er, Lions, Cowboy fans. Vying for the right to call your owners/GMs the worst in the league shows all humor is not dead on this site.

    Thank you!

  23. justintuckrule says:
    Nov 3, 2015 9:24 AM
    He still has value. Have you seen some of the clowns out there masquerading as NFL qbs? Washington would have gotten a pick if they traded him before picking up that ridiculous option.

    =========================

    The issue is whether Griffin can fix his footwork. His right knee injury (second serious one in his football career) from 2012 and his left ankle injury in 2014 appears to have thrown off how he plants and steps into his throws. He was having footwork problems before his ankle injury, so that one was “icing on the cake” for his problems.

    It’s conceivable that having a relatively rested year to get his legs as good as they’ll ever be again, that if Griffin does a lot of hard work in the off-season with a private QB coach to get his footwork back, he could once again be a good or even great QB. But that is all very “iffy”. Griffin may lack the focus and discipline, or the physical ability in his legs, to get his footwork and throwing motion back to a high NFL level.

  24. I am still laughing with Jeff Fisher. How he trolled the Redskins on that cointoss, when he brought all the players they acquired off that trade.

  25. If the “right” team and situation comes knocking on the door at 3:30 expect Robert to waive the previous contract and sign a new one that he and the new team design. It will be a last minute move but has a good chance of happening.

  26. If RGIII is so bad and he is done, Why don’t the Red Skins release him now, if they are going to do it after the season, just do it now. I hope he goes to another team. What irritates me is how everybody has just given up on him, whn we watched him play in a playoff game injured and alsmost won the game and he was playing for a coach thta obviously did not want him and then you bring in Jay Gruden who sends Kirk Cousins to his brother quarterback camp and what did he do to help RGIII nothing, and he comes back the second year not fully healthy and gets ridiculed. Let him go and your entire paln with Cpt. Kirk is going to get Gruden fired.

  27. Redskins will not cut RG3 at the end of the season, Redskins and RG3 will re-do his contract and allow the new coach to tailor the offense to RG3 skill set

    2 years ago Shanahan benched RG3 , he got fired
    Gruden benched RG3 this year , he will be fired Black Monday

    That the reason R G 3 is still on the team,

  28. They better cut him, Robert is a cancer at this point. Time for an operation and some chemo!

    Hail to the Redskins!

  29. So dumb… RG3 should be the starting QB on the Redskins. He’s better than our backup QB… Kirk Cousins.

  30. jmc8888 says:
    Nov 3, 2015 11:15 AM

    rufustfireflyjr says:
    Nov 3, 2015 9:15 AM

    Smith’s implied criticism of Redskins’ GM McCloughan is off base. The plan was never to trade RG3. Why would any team give anything of real value anyway, even without the $16 mil. guarantee, when they could just wait until the offseason and sign him for nothing?
    —–

    Wrong. They didn’t have to pick up the option. Doesn’t matter what ‘plan’ they had. Or better yet, it showcases they are incapable of creating a plan at all.

    They could of picked up the option after this season, when he showed whether or not he was worth keeping.
    ____________

    Gotta love it when the guy that starts out with “Wrong.” is wrong. 5th year options had to be picked up in May genius. So about being incapable…

  31. When the Skins made the decision to pick up the option, it’s not the kind of decision you make thinking what can we get for him if we want to trade him. They had every intention of seeing how he would perform as the starting QB this year. When he got hurt in the preseason, they took the stance of limiting the potential risk and he wasn’t going to see the field this year. Had things worked out, they could have had him for less next year than the going rate for a top tier QB and next year would have been the determining factor for what kind of long term deal the Skins would have offered.

    So the Skins took a risk and it didn’t turn out. The commentary on this site makes it seem like running a sports team is easy and while Snyder did say it’s like running his business, it’s not as easy as it looks.

  32. gregorywilliams2 says:

    … and what did he do to help RGIII nothing,…

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    RGme had plenty of chances to help himself and he didn’t do it… the fact of the matter is that he is a bust and he would have been a bust under any coach in the NFL with that attitude

  33. Picking up Griffins option was the only option. Players going into their 4th year must have their 5th year option picked up by May before the start of the fourth year. Assuming griffin played well and they wanted to keep him they’d have to use the franchise tag to prevent him from negotiating with another team. That would have cost the Skins at least 2MM more that picking up his 5 the year option. The Skins were betting on Griffin playing like a 4th year veteran pro QB. They lost the bet but it was worth a shot since the downside would have been worse than failing to get a conditional 5th rounder in a trade this year.

  34. Cool. He deserves to rest and get healthy. And the Skins – who tried their best to ruin him, don’t deseerve to get anything for him. I guess Robert gets the last laugh: 16.5 mil for working out and getting healthy…Sweet.

  35. Griffin will be cut next year and resigned at a low vet salary or signed by another team for about the same as the Skins would sensibly offer. He’ll never see 16mm unless he’s got performance bonuses and we witness a miracle. He only was able to do what he did in ’12 because of the Skins and Shanahan not despite them. His more recent performance is all on him.

  36. IT proves that there are people at Baylor who would be good campaign managers for a Republican Politician. to be able to take a bunch of manure and sell it the way they did, they might be able to sell a R candidate the same way..Just like Karl ROVE did!!!

  37. I thought he was THE GREATEST QB OF ALL TIME..at least that’s what they touted him as when he came out!!

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