McCloughan coy about plans for Robert Griffin III

AP

Four years ago, Washington gave up three first-round draft picks and a second-round pick to get quarterback Robert Griffin III. Now, as the fifth year of his rookie deal prepare to kick in with a $16.155 million salary for 2016 becoming fully guaranteed on the first day of the league year in March, it’s a given that Washington will cut him before then.

And that makes Wednesday’s comments from G.M. Scot McCloughan a little confusing. Addressing the media from practice sessions in advance of the Senior Bowl, McCloughan opted to be coy about the plans for Griffin.

“Well, you know what, the thing is, and I’m looking forward to getting back because we had the playoff game, of course, then you had the loss,” McCloughan said when asked directly about the team’s plans for Griffin. “I had that week where I met with the staff as a whole on that Monday, we went over the game, you know, the tape and all that, and then they had that week to self-scout their own guys and I got the book right before I went to Florida last week for the East-West Shrine Game, and then of course I came here. So, I’m looking forward to getting back there after the Super Bowl and meeting with each coach individually and going over every player.”

Asked whether he can see a scenario where the team would keep Griffin, McCloughan was slightly less vague.

“Certainly, the thing that’s good about what we have right now is that we have until March 9th, and that’s why I want to sit down with the coaches. Not just the coordinators, the position coach, but everybody individually and just get a feel for it. He is a good football player, he’s a really good person, and he’s under contract. That’s where we’re at right now.”

He is under contract, but there’s no way the team wants that contract to become fully guaranteed. Indeed, it’s one of the reasons Griffin was inactive for every game of 2015, when Griffin’s contract was guaranteed only in the event he suffered an injury that would have carried into 2016.

In theory, Washington could work out a new contract with Griffin before cutting him. But why would he take less when he could hit the open market, get a fresh start, and maybe become the starter against elsewhere?

Regardless of who’s to blame (and pretty much everyone involved in the relationship bears some of it), Griffin needs to move on. And Washington gains nothing by being coy about it, because no one is trading for a contract worth $16.155 million in 2016.

30 responses to “McCloughan coy about plans for Robert Griffin III

  1. Really? How much is Ryan no way in hell a franchise QB Tanneyhill making next year? Colin Quinn/Kapernick? 16m for a one year deal on a potential franchise QB? Not as crazy as it sounds.

  2. McCloughan wants nothing to do with RG3, but he’ll try his best to create some kind of market for him. What else can he do? I’m sure he’d take a 6th round pick if he could get it.

  3. Perhaps what the Redskins might wind up doing is see if the Eagles would agree to trade DeMarco Murray and/or Mark Sanchez to the Redskins for RG III. This would allow the Eagles to more easily let Sam Bradford walk and save a considerable amount of cap space in such a trade while giving the Redskins a backup quarterback they will need anyway and possibly a running back who would have an agenda with TWO teams in the NFC East.

    For the Eagles, it would give them a QB who at this point likely needs a fresh start and will be the healthiest he’s been since his rookie year with two former quarterbacks as head coach and offensive coordinator.

    This at least gets the Redskins SOMETHING for RG III and prevents both the Rams and Cowboys from getting him.

  4. Hope Texans scoop him to a starter, Dallas for the future after romo… no doubt I still believe in Rg3, he had his faults but that organzation is terrible and you never can succeed anywhere without the coach wanting you… they’ll pay Kirk like they should and regret next year like they will

  5. Not sure hitting the open market guarantee’s him more money that what the Redskin’s are willing to offer him in the form of a payroll reduction.

  6. The wrost thing the organization can do is to mortgage the future on the fools gold we have now. Nothing excites me about Gruden, the OC, DC, especially Kirk Cousins. Kirk is a game manager and dink and dunk QB. He just simply doesn’t have the arm strength to be dangerous in the NFL. As shown this season teams are not scared of him. All good teams focused on shutting down the run that Gruden abandoned and let Kirk throw short passes and stack the stat sheet while taking a loss. 4000 yards is nothing in the NFL nowadays where the rules are catered to QB’s and offenses. Almost half the league threw for 4000 yards or more. I do not want to deal with never converting any long third down converserions becasue he stares down Reed or throws a 2 yard pass regardless of the first down marker distance. Before you say look at the long passes. YOU look at them every pass over 20 yards the receiver had to slow down, stop, reach backwards for, or jump for. Kirk just simply doesn’t have the arm strength to be dangerous and more importantly he knows it and has no confidence to ZIP a pass in there that farther than 15 or 20 yards down feild.

  7. Same ole Washington Professional football team, they’re lost in the sea with no sail….it’s a sad day from their glory years in the 70’s with Sonny and Billy.

  8. Brian Mitchell IS 100% RIGHT ABout the passive agressive ME ME ME mind of RGCryBaby! Dude needs to check his ego watch the tapes, see and accept that he IS NOW and WAS the worst QB in DC the LAST 3 SEASONS.

    Dude cant Read a D and blames his team and coaches but doesnt try to work on all his horrid mistakes and lack of football IQ.

    I bet we will hear in Free Agency that at least one team didnt even want to offer him a contract after they met him in person and he claims he is the best qb in the NFL but his Oline let him get slammed , WR’s forgot how to run the right routes and the Racist Redskins didnt give him enough chances thru 2 Different coaches to prove his greatness.

    Dude is a TURD from a Clown, 3 seasons starting given chance after chance after chance and could not learn anything new or adapt and evolve.
    Robert was the weak BROKEN DOWN part of the chain in DC, he was the problem not his team and coaches.

    He was a 3rd stringer as he deserved and still thought he was the gap toothed Jesus.

    The only team he deserves to play for is CLeveland, BOOHOO BOB deserves to fail as a Brown and be shown his true level of a NFL QB BEING CUT FROM THE BROWNS.

  9. @FlorioBeliever You do know Scot McCloughan has made the Redskins into one of the most respected teams in the NFL again in one year right?

  10. sseevents says:
    Jan 28, 2016 7:42 AM
    The wrost thing the organization can do is to mortgage the future on the fools gold we have now. Nothing excites me about Gruden, the OC, DC, especially Kirk Cousins. Kirk is a game manager and dink and dunk QB. He just simply doesn’t have the arm strength to be dangerous in the NFL. As shown this season teams are not scared of him. All good teams focused on shutting down the run that Gruden abandoned and let Kirk throw short passes and stack the stat sheet while taking a loss. 4000 yards is nothing in the NFL nowadays where the rules are catered to QB’s and offenses. Almost half the league threw for 4000 yards or more. I do not want to deal with never converting any long third down converserions becasue he stares down Reed or throws a 2 yard pass regardless of the first down marker distance. Before you say look at the long passes. YOU look at them every pass over 20 yards the receiver had to slow down, stop, reach backwards for, or jump for. Kirk just simply doesn’t have the arm strength to be dangerous and more importantly he knows it and has no confidence to ZIP a pass in there that farther than 15 or 20 yards down feild.

    LOLOL Capt America Kirk Cousins doesnt have zip on his passes or the strength? You do know that Kirk throws a football 92MPH!!!! LOOK IT UP
    When Kirk throws a deep ball there is a certain spot the WR is suppossed to catch it at AND ALMOST ALL OF HIS TARGETS ARE IN THE SWEETSPOT!!
    WATCH THE TAPE MOST THE MISTAKES ARE BC THE WR BROKE ON THE PLAY CALLED ROUTE WRONG.

    Kirk has one of the quickest releases in the game and sometimes this causes the wr to play the ball at the wrong angle bc they were not expecting it so fast.

    rg3 now his game is a joke!!! Captain America Kirk Cousins has looked better and been better in both practice and games and in the film room!

    Kirk studies and models his game after Brady and Brees. rg3 doesnt study and models his game after his IDOL Jamarcus Russell!!!!
    #TRUTH #RGTURD #CaptainAmericaKirkCousins #WarriorsOfDC #HTTR

  11. It’s totally wrong what the did to that kid. I hope he gets, as he should have been last year, and returns with a vengeance. If you weren’t going to play him, and the entire world knew that you weren’t, then cut him. Let him play elsewhere. I hope Hue Jackson and my Browns get him and he turns into a BEAST.

  12. stealthscorpio says:
    Jan 27, 2016 9:45 PM
    Really? How much is Ryan no way in hell a franchise QB Tanneyhill making next year? Colin Quinn/Kapernick? 16m for a one year deal on a potential franchise QB? Not as crazy as it sounds.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    $16 million on a potential franchise QB isn’t crazy. $16 million on a scout team safety is.

    RG3 and Kaep suffer from the same problem. They had a ton of success being athletes that could make throws, but then pressure started up about how that doesn’t work in the NFL and they have to become pocket passers. All the hype they built running around from the pistol set a standard they couldn’t possibly live up to in a timing based offense. Sitting on a bench somewhere for a few years and learning all the things they need to know about working within the confines of a pro style offense might fix them, but that’s a lot of money for a guy that is two to three years out from even being a viable option.

  13. Maybe the Great Gimmick could form a cab company with Donovan McNubb – McNubb could drive drunk and the Great Gimmick could manage the company drunk with his own self importance.

  14. It would be foolish to tip their hand at this point. Why, when you might get someone to jump at him. Mike, it’s called doing your job and that is what Scot is doing here. If a team really wants RGIII and they don’t think they could get him or they don’t want to get into a bidding war over him and they can make a case, then what Walt Gekko says above is plausible. Unfortunately if Scot handled things the way Florio says he should (and by the way, Florio’s a lawyer masquerading as a blogger and not a GM and certainly not a GM who has had the kind of success Scot has) he could absolutely guarantee that he will get nothing for him. In the end, it might turn out that way but it would be foolish to not try.

  15. Really? How much is Ryan no way in hell a franchise QB Tanneyhill making next year? Colin Quinn/Kapernick? 16m for a one year deal on a potential franchise QB? Not as crazy as it sounds.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    $16 million on a potential franchise QB isn’t crazy. $16 million on a scout team safety is.

    Kaps contract was the model for other QB’s. Teams have to give themselves an out. And also make it fair for both sides.

  16. Florio Believer says:
    Jan 28, 2016 9:55 AM

    Same ole Washington Professional football team, they’re lost in the sea with no sail….it’s a sad day from their glory years in the 70’s with Sonny and Billy.
    ——————————————————-
    Yeah, cause I suppose the Joe Gibbs-led 4 Superbowl appearances from 83-92 don’t count as REDSKIN glory years……stick to the WNBA kid.

  17. the same crap people say about RG3 they said about Cam. Now look how Cam turned out. All RG3 needs is a coach to believe in him and he will flourish too. Ron Rivera is the coach of the year. Gruden ain’t s####. That’s why they haven’t been so eager to cut RG3. That 9-7 season has a big asterik beside it. Scot knows this. Too bad too many of our fans don’t see it. Kirk won’t be back.

  18. Black anvil you are a moron. RG3 is nowhere near as big and durable as Cam. Furthermore RG3 refused to run the system that brought him his initial success. Cam could play all season and learn his craft (reading defenses). The owner wanted RG3 and that is why he is still here. Snyder is listening to the football people now so RG3 is out this season. I hate RG3 fans. They are the most delusional I have ever seen.

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