Redskins team president Bruce Allen effectively acknowledged what everyone already knew but had been waiting to hear from within the organization: Robert Griffin III won't be donning a Redskins uniform next season.
"I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team," Allen said in a radio interview with Dan Sileo on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego. "We've heard from some teams that are interested. I think he's going to have a choice of a couple teams that will let him excel in the future."
It would cost the Redskins more than $16 million to keep the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year for the coming season, which is an absurdly steep price to pay for a backup quarterback as well as a deterrent to trade offers from teams interested in his services. The Redskins have made it clear that Kirk Cousins is their quarterback since he won the starting job last preseason. Whether it takes a franchise tag and a one-year deal or the team can reach a multi-year contract agreement, Cousins will be the quarterback in Washington this season barring something outrageous happening.
Though Allen acknowledged that his release is coming, Griffin remains a part of the organization until the move officially happens. The Redskins have until March 1 to place the franchise tag on Cousins. Griffin will likely be released once that designation is made. Speculation has already been circulating about where the 26-year-old will land next season with people naming Dallas among other destinations as a possibility.
Griffin's time in Washington has been a roller coaster for him, the team and the fan base. But all sides have gradually come together to realize it’s in the best interest of the team to move on and grant Griffin the opportunity he deserves elsewhere.