On Monday, the Washington Redskins released QB Robert Griffin III after spending 4 seasons with the team. However, multiple injuries had hindered RGIII's play and he was limited to just 27 games in the past 3 seasons, including none in 2015-16. The former number 2 overall pick is now on the market for the first time and, despite poor performance when healthy, does still have some value to teams looking for a quarterback.
In a previous article, I had RGIII switching to WR in order to keep himself with the Skins, however, unless they reconstruct his contract, Griffin's career in Washington is over.
So where could RGIII end up?
Josh McCown may have played well at times, but he's nothing more than an injury-plagued journeyman. Thus, leading the Cleveland Browns to, yet again, look to the draft for their next bust of a QB. Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State has been thrown out there from time to time as likely going to the Browns at number 2, but this year's draft doesn't seem to have a game changer at QB so they might as well go for a guy who has led his team to the playoffs.
Josh Gordon will be returning from his year-long suspension for smoking marijuana, Travis Benjamin looks like he could be pretty good, and the Browns have also expressed interest in Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu, giving the Browns 3 targets for RGIII to potentially throw to, not even including Gary Barnidge as the tight end. So Cleveland, forget about Wentz, draft a lineman and sign Griffin to be your potential short-term answer.
Face it Cowboys fans, you're not winning a Super Bowl with Tony Romo at QB and/or Jason Garrett at HC. Jerry Jones has totally ruined the Cowboys franchise by bringing in total scumbags and overpaying guys that underperform their salary. So why not go for an on-the-fly rebuild? You're not stripping down, keep your receiving corps, keep Escobar and Witten, keep McFadden, your O-Line is phenomenal, your defense isn't that bad. Just tell Romo to go fly a kite, and bring in someone new to take snaps under center next season.
I am, without a doubt, not calling RGIII better than Tony Romo, but he could provide a bit of a spark and is relatively young. The Boys could bring him in as a potential low-risk, high-reward player and, who knows? Maybe you'll get something from Griffin.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams are right on the cusp of becoming a very legitimate threat in the NFC. What they are missing is a QB. They thought they had the answer last year when they traded Sam Bradford for Nick Foles. However, Foles was trash and was always hurt, leading to Case Keenum taking snaps towards the end of the season. The Rams already have an up-and-coming receiver in Tavon Austin, a stud running back in Todd Gurley, one of the most intimidating defensive fronts in football, they just need a QB to bring the group together and RGIII could be, like he could in Cleveland, a short-term answer to that need. He has playoff experience, although limited, and has competed at a high level in the past.
It's too soon to write off Robert Griffin III.