Robert Griffin III released by Redskins - reports


Robert Griffin III has finally been officially released by the Washington Redskins, according to reports.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden and team president Bruce Allen said weeks ago that the quarterback's future lay elsewhere, and the Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the process is complete.

The long-anticipated move not only clears more than $16million off salary-cap space for Washington, but it allows the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year to sign with the team of his choice.

Since his release became a fait accompli, Griffin's name has been linked to several NFL teams, including the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys in his native Texas.

He also has been connected to teams in need of quarterback help, such as the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams, and even the Super Bowl champions the Denver Broncos, who will lose Peyton Manning to retirement and watch backup Brock Osweiler apparently enter free agency on Wednesday.

Griffin made a splash as record-setting rookie who led the Redskins to an NFC East title, but his career was sidetracked after he sustained torn ligaments in his right knee in a playoff loss against the Seahawks that year.

He entered the 2015 season as the Redskins' first-choice QB, but was inconsistent before sustaining a concussion in the team's third preseason game.

Given an opportunity, Kirk Cousins, also drafted in 2012, won over the coaching staff and Redskins fans. Griffin, when cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol, dressed for only one game, as the No. 3 QB. He didn't take a snap in the regular season, after which the Redskins committed to Cousins as their long-term quarterback.

Griffin's career with the Redskins ends after 37 games, the one division title, 8,097 passing yards, 1,480 rushing yards, 40 passing touchdowns, 23 interceptions and 101 sacks.