It's only a matter of time before the Washington Redskins cut ties with quarterback Robert Griffin III. There are $16.5 mllion reasons for the decision and a few others not financially related. This isn't specualtion, but reality.
As for the future, the reality is that despite struggles since his breakout rookie season in 2012, Griffin still offers promise. The former Heisman trophy will only be 26 when next season starts and he should be about as healthy as he's been since the first year seeing as he didn't play in 2015. Here's another reality: Lots of teams need quarterbacks. Bovada, a Las Vegas oddsmaker, released odds Wednesday of where RGIII might end up.
Which team will RGIII be a member of for game 1 of the 2016 Regular Season?
Houston Texans 3/1
Dallas Cowboys 11/2
St. Louis Rams 13/2
New York Jets 9/1
Any Other Team 1/2
That the two Texas teams are at the top of the list for the Copperas Cove, Texas native and former Baylor star make sense though for different reasons.
If you watched the Texans in last weekend's playoff game then you know that indeed Houston has a problem at quarterback. That's a problem not likely solved in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, at least picking at 22, one slot behind Washington. The top prospects -- Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook -- are projected above that range. Even with a rookie, Houston might want a veteran option. If Griffin wants to start right away, Houston might be his best bet. Factor in a return to his home state, having a star wide receiver in DeAndre Hopkins and a strong defense led by J.J. Watt, that's not a bad landing spot.
As for the Cowboys, this is more about Dallas wanting a better backup plan for starting QB Tony Romo, who missed most of the 2015 season with injuries. It's also about owner Jerry Jones never missing out on a PR opportunity. If it's not RG3, then Johnny Manziel would be the prize. Consdering Romo's injury history and age (turns 36 in April), Griffin could get on the field next season or be positioned as the future starter.
Going to the Rams -- I guess Bovada put this list together before Tuesday's official move to Los Angeles -- would of course be something seeing as the Redskins acquired the pick they used on Griffin from St. Louis. No doubt, the Rams need a quarterback, badly. They do have RB stud Todd Gurley plus a potntially imposing defense, but no major threats in the passing game. The franchise moving to LA will be a major story next season. Would Griffin want all that big media market attention right away?
The Jets nearly made the playoffs this season with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Geno Smith still exists. They drafted another Baylor QB, Bryce Petty, in the fourth round last year. Anything is possible, but as far as Griffin, meh.
Meanwhile the Cleveland Browns could use a quarterback. The New Orleans Saints might be in play if they part ways with Drew Brees, who is owed a big chunk of change next season. Who knows what's going on with the Phildelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. If Griffin is content with a season as the No. 2 while learning from a strong, offensive-minded head coach, Kansas City and Andy Reid could work.
Once the Redskins cut ties at some point over the next two months, RG3 will have options. They just won't be in Washington. That doesn't mean his connection with the Redskins is over. Once he joins another team and once he takes the field, a new round of Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins comparisons will begin. Oh, joy.
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