NFL rumors about Robert Griffin III present a possibility he could stay with the Washington Redskins. These NFL rumors come from a report by CBS Sports on Thursday, January 28. Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan weighed in on whether he sees a scenario where Griffin would be on the Redskins’ roster for the 2016 NFL season. To put it simply, he said “certainly” when pressed for an answer. McCloughan provided an in-depth answer to that question from the Senior Bowl in Alabama.
“Well you know what, the thing is, and I’m looking forward to getting back because we had the playoff game, of course, then you had the loss. I had that week where I met with the staff as a whole on that Monday, we went over the game, you know, the tape and all that, and then they had that week to self-scout their own guys and I got the book right before I went to Florida last week for the East-West Shrine Game, and then of course I came here. So, I’m looking forward to getting back there after the Super Bowl and meeting with each coach individually and going over every player.”
Addressing the NFL rumors about the Washington Redskins possibly trading RG3, the GM mentioned that the team has until March 9 to make a final decision. This indicates that the front office will be taking a methodical approach to whether or not RG3 remains on the roster. The biggest incentive for the Redskins to trade or release Griffin by that March 9 deadline is that he has a salary of nearly $16.2 million for the 2016 NFL season. He didn’t start a game for the Redskins during the 2015 NFL season, losing his job as the starting quarterback to Kirk Cousins.
While the GM of the Redskins appears to be keeping his plans under wraps, it has long been assumed that Robert Griffin III has played his final games in Washington. The Redskins will have the 21st pick of the 2016 NFL Draft after winning the NFC East this past season. The team is expected to target a defensive player in the first round, presenting questions on how the team will approach the quarterback position. The Redskins also want to give Kirk Cousins a long-term contract, but he is an unrestricted free agent during the NFL offseason.
It’s possible that the Redskins could place the franchise tag on Cousins to make sure that he comes back for the 2016 NFL season. A report from NFL.com indicated that Cousins is a candidate due to his pending free agency. Last season, Cousins started all 16 regular season games for the Redskins. He finished the season with a 69.8 percent completion rate, 4,166 passing yards, 29 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 101.6. It was an impressive year that may have earned Cousins a huge pay raise in free agency. This could be why the team may place the franchise tag on him to get around a long-term deal.
There is going to be a lot of continued chatter about Robert Griffin III following the Super Bowl, especially if the Washington Redskins haven’t come to terms with Kirk Cousins yet. The price tag on RG3 just seems to large for the Redskins to be serious about retaining him, which means a team like the Dallas Cowboys could come calling again. There are going to be a lot of NFL rumors about the quarterback situations in Dallas and Washington as the draft approaches, with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones likely preferring to acquire a quarterback through a trade than in the draft.
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