WASHINGTON: Quarterback Robert Griffin 3rd won’t be back with the NFL’s Washington Redskins next season, team president Bruce Allen said on Tuesday in comments confirming what had long been surmised.
In an interview with a San Diego radio station, Allen was asked if Griffin would be back, even though he didn’t take a snap for the team in the 2015 season.
“Well, no. I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team,” Allen said. “We’ve heard from some teams that are interested. I think he’s going to have a choice of a couple teams that will let him excel in the future.”
Griffin sat the entire season as Washington’s third-string quarter¬back and watched Kirk Cousins take control of the quarterback job.
The Redskins were keen to ensure that RGIII, still only 26, didn’t get hurt and prevent them from clearing his contract worth more than $16 million from their books in the off-season.
Allen praised Griffin for his conduct during the past season, one of frustration for the player who earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2012, guiding the Redskins to the NFC East division title.
“From the very beginning Robert has handled himself as a professional,” Allen said. “From when we first drafted him all the way through he’s been a good teammate and a good guy.
“I know some people on the outside always like to be critical, but his teammates like him, his coaches like him, he does have some special talents and we wish him well.”