Redskins president Bruce Allen alluded to the likely release of quarterback Robert Griffin III in a radio interview Feb. 23 with The Mighty 1090 in San Diego.
Many have been expecting Griffin's release, seeing as how he's no longer the team's starter and comes with a $16.2 million salary cap hit in 2016. But as the March 9 deadline for Washington to part ways with its former No. 2 overall pick gets closer, questions arose of whether the Redskins' front office had changed its mind and thought about keeping Griffin.
But Allen squashed those rumors with his comments Feb. 23.
"Well, no. I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team," Allen said when asked if Washington would retain Griffin. "We've heard from some teams that are interested. I think he's going to have a choice of a couple teams that will let him excel in the future."
If Griffin had played at all in 2015 and been hurt, Washington would have still had to pay him his 2016 salary, but to ensure themselves of not having to do so, the Redskins relegated Griffin's role to the team's No. 3 quarterback last season and kept him injury free.
Still, Griffin was a consummate professional throughout the entire process, never speaking negatively about the team or causing rifts in Washington's locker room. Griffin's positive attitude and work ethic have endeared him to Allen, who believes those traits will also carry over to wherever Griffin plays next.
"From the very beginning, Robert has handled himself as a professional," Allen said. "From when we first drafted him all the way through, he's been a good teammate and a good guy. I know some people on the outside always like to be critical, but his teammates like him, his coaches like him, he does have some special talents, and we wish him well."
While the Redskins will look to make Griffin's release official before March 9, Washington also continues to try and work out a long-term deal with starting quarterback Kirk Cousins before having to place the franchise tag on him March 1.
Allen also addressed Cousins' situation in his radio interview.
"Kirk said he wants to be a Redskin, and we want him to be a Redskin, so these things usually work themselves out about this time or in the next few weeks, so we're pretty confident with that," Allen said.