The Washington Redskins have released Robert Griffin III, the 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year and onetime face of the franchise, the quarterback confirmed via an Instagram post and team later announced.
The move, first reported by ESPN’s Dianna Russini, was long expected, but still represents quite a change from four years ago when Griffin was one of the most dynamic players in the NFL and the hope of a starved fan base.
Griffin had lost the starting job in August and served as Washington’s No. 3 quarterback all season. He was active for one game.
Had Washington kept him on the roster after 4 p.m. on March 9, his $16.15 million for 2016 would have taken effect and counted against the team’s salary cap. By releasing him now, the team avoids having any of that money count toward the cap. The Redskins had been holding on to Griffin in the hopes that another team might trade for him.
Also Monday, the Redskins released defensive end Jason Hatcher, potentially saving the team $6.8 million in salary cap space if they use a post-June 1 designation. Hatcher was scheduled to count $8.7 million vs. the cap.
SOURCE: John Keim