RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — According to multiple reports, quarterback Robert Griffin III has been released by the Washington Redskins, ending a tumultuous four-year career with the team.
News of his release was first reported by ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
Soon after, Griffin released the following tweet:
Griffin, who is affectionately known as RGIII, played college football at Baylor, where he won the 2011 Heisman Trophy, He was selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round (second overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft after the team traded up in the draft for the second overall pick by giving the then St. Louis Rams four draft picks over three years: Their first-round picks in 2012 (No.6 overall), 2013 (No.22 overall), and 2014 (No.2 overall), as well as their second-round pick (No.39 overall) in 2012.
Griffin was immediately anointed the starter and voted a team captain for the 2012 season. He started 15 games, winning nine, and lead the 10-6 Redskins to an NFC East Division title. In addition, he was awarded the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. According to the Washington Redskins, in 2012, Griffin enjoyed one of the best seasons by a dual-threat quarterback in NFL history, completing 258-of-293 passes for 3,200 yards with 20 passing touchdowns to just five interceptions, while rushing 120 times for 815 yards and seven scores. The Redskins would lose to the Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the playoffs as Griffin re-aggravated a knee injury he suffered in week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. In the offseason, he underwent surgery to repair his LCL and ACL.
In 2013, he returned to action as the starter, only to be benched in favor of fellow 2012 draft pick Kirk Cousins for the final three games of the season. After the Redskins finished 3-13, Head Coach Mike Shanahan, and the majority of his staff, was fired. The Redskins hired Jay Gruden as their next head coach.
Gruden named Griffin his starter for the 2014 season, but Griffin went down in with an ankle injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week two. Griffin would end up starting in seven games and play in nine as the Redskins began a revolving door under the center playing Cousins and Colt McCoy in addition to Griffin. The team would finish 4-12.
Going into the 2015 season, Griffin was once again named the starter as training camp began, only to suffer a concussion in the second preseason game against the Detriot Lions. Kirk Cousins would start the next preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. After Cousins’ performance, Gruden proclaimed that he would be the new starting QB. Cousins, who set a number of team records in 2015, would go on to lead the Redskins to a 9-7 record and an NFC East Division title. The Redskins would lose to the Green Bay Packers 35-18 in the playoffs. Griffin, who was relegated to third-string, only dressed for one game in the 2015 season.
As a starter, Griffin’s record is 14-35. The 26-year-old is free to sign with any team.