WASHINGTON (AP) – The Redskins have released Robert Griffin III, four years after trading a bevy of draft picks to take the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the No. 2 overall choice.
The NFC East champions announced the move Monday. They had made clear it was coming.
The Redskins had until Wednesday to part ways with Griffin and prevent his 2016 contract for about $16 million from becoming guaranteed.
Griffin becomes a free agent and can sign anywhere. NFL free agency begins Wednesday.
The release closes the book on Griffin’s tumultuous tenure in Washington, which included 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors but also injuries and clashes with coaches Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden.
The following is additional information directly from the Washington Redskins:
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have made the following roster moves:
The Redskins released the following players:
S Dashon Goldson
QB Robert Griffin III
DE Jason Hatcher
S Jeron Johnson