Last month, Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen alluded to the team moving on from Adidas-sponsored quarterback Robert Griffin III. Today, the quarterback announced via his Instagram account that the team made it official.
Griffin is now free to sign with whatever team is willing to bring on the quarterback, which according to multiple reports may be up to 10 interested suitors. On Feb. 24, the day after Allen said on the “Dan Sileo Show” on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego that he see’s Griffin “getting an opportunity with another team,”
Footwear News profiled five potential landing spots for the quarterback, a list that included the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans.
The 26-year-old quarterback was the second overall draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, which also produced the quarterback that would eventually replace him, Kirk Cousins (picked 102 by Washington in the fourth round). Washington used its franchise tag on Cousins, ensuring he will suit up for the team next season and give the two time to work on a long-term deal.
Griffin started his career with a bang, leading Washington to the playoffs in his first season in the league. He was also earned NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the Pro Bowl. But after his electrifying rookie season, he would not fare the same on the field again.
In 2013, he suited up for 13 games, throwing 16 touchdowns against 12 interceptions, with 3,203 passing yards. He was on the field for just nine games in 2014, throwing four touchdowns and six interceptions while amassing 1,694 passing yards.
Throughout the ups and downs, Adidas stuck with its sponsored athlete and launched the RG3 Energy Boost training shoe in 2014.