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- Updated: March 7, 2016
Washington, DC – The Washington Redskins have released first-round quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII) on Monday, ending No. 10’s roller-coaster tenure with Washington.
The team released him two days before the start of the 2016 NFL calendar year, The Washington Post reported, though coach Jay Gruden and team president Bruce Allen had said weeks ago that RGIII’s future was elsewhere.
It was a blessing guys. I just want to say thank you. pic.twitter.com/wzHbsRMlhL
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) March 7, 2016
The long-anticipated move not only clears more than $16 million off salary-cap space for Washington, but it allows the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year to sign with the team of his choice. The move was more than expected and speculated for some time since Kirk Cousins became the starter in 2015.
For Washington’s fans, the 2012 season will be one to remember, RGIII’s best season, setting records as a rookie and leading the Redskins to an NFC East title. Unfortunately, his career took slight turn for the worst after he sustained torn ligaments in his right knee in the playoff loss against Seahawks that year.
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.