With the NFL’s trade deadline approaching at 4 p.m., it appears Robert Griffin III will remain on the Washington Redskins for the remainder of the season.
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the Redskins haven’t received any trade offers from other teams for the 2012 No. 2 draft pick.
As Anderson notes, the big hold-up is Griffin’s contract, which has the potential to become a nightmare.
This past offseason, when Washington was still pushing for Griffin to be their starting quarterback, they picked up Griffin’s fifth-year option, worth $US16.2 million and guaranteed for injury. This means if another team were to trade for Griffin this year and he got injured, they’d be on the hook to pay him that $US16.2 million next year.
For a player who has been oft injured and hasn’t shown much since his rookie season, that’s a deal-breaker.
Last season, Griffin actually looked competent and performed better than current starter, Kirk Cousins, but $US16.2 million is a big guarantee for below-average production.
ProFootball Talk’s Michael David Smith’s outlook on the situation is bleak:
Griffin will spend this year on the sidelines in Washington and be released after the season is over. He’ll sign with some other team in the spring, and Washington will get nothing.
This actually may a better outcome for RGIII, however. If he can hit free agency and sign with a team he knows wants him, he’ll be under less pressure than coming in halfway through a season via trade and having to adjust on the fly.
After what’s turned into a disastrous stint in Washington, Griffin may be better off sitting this season out, avoiding injury, and getting to decide his own future this offseason.
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