The Washington Redskins gave fans a big hint about their plans for Robert Griffin III, leaving the former No. 2 pick off their list of key players.
The team sent a letter to season ticket holders that talked about the team’s efforts to rebound from a disappointing season. The letter included a list of the team’s key players for the rebuilding efforts but left out the quarterback once viewed as the greatest hope for the franchise.
The letter read (via NFL.com):
The Washington Redskins thank you for your continued loyalty and support. Redskins fans are the best in the NFL and we greatly appreciate your dedication over the years.
Head coach Jay Gruden, new general manager Scot McCloughan, and defensive doordinator Joe Barry will lead a nucleus of Ryan Kerrigan, DeSean Jackson, plus Pro Bowlers Trent Williams and Alfred Morris. The Redskins are poised to rebound next season!”
This has fed into rumors that the Washington Redskins may be looking to get rid of Robert Griffin III. Though he came into the league with a fantastic first season that earned him the Rookie of the Year award, his game has been slowed by a series of injuries combined with behind-the-scenes conflict with coaches.
Griffin ended up losing his starting job this year, and sources close to the team indicated that they wanted to turn the page entirely. Griffin is due $3.3 million in 2015, which could be attractive for other teams in a trade.
But some league sources question how much value he would have with other teams.
“He’s a car that’s been driven off the lot; also, the dynamics of his contract drive his price down,” one NFC general manager told NFL Media’s Albert Breer. “The biggest keys — QBs go for more than other positions, and his contract is ticking down to the last year, unless a team wants to pick up that option.”
The Washington Redskins could decide fairly soon what will happen with Robert Griffin III. The team has until May 3 to decide whether to pick up his fifth-year option, which would likely be north of $17 million.