Robert Griffin III is injured again & the Redskins organization may be ready to cut him loose. Kirk Cousins has been declared the starter but which teams could use RGIII to enhance their NFL odds.
Deal Gone Wrong
The Redskins coveted Robert Griffin III prior to the 2012 draft and dealt away a king’s ransom to the St. Louis Rams to get him. It was reminiscent of Mike Ditka going “all-in” on running back Ricky Williams in the 1999 draft when he mortgaged the future sending eight draft picks, including two first-rounders, to these very same Redskins. Apparently Washington was not afraid that history would repeat itself and did in fact tender three first-round draft picks and a second-rounder to select Griffin with the second overall pick in the 2012 draft. After an impressive rookie campaign RG III has been staggered by injuries and the franchise has floundered as a result with two consecutive last place finishes in the NFC East.
The team, having invested so much of its future on the gifted Baylor product, has desperately clung to the notion that Griffin would heal from his injuries and return to his halcyon days as one of the most electrifying players in the college ranks. But the professional game has not been kind to RG III’s health and it appears the organization’s patience is running out after Griffin was injured yet again in the preseason with a concussion. Subsequently, head coach Jay Gruden declared Kirk Cousins as the starter not only for Week 1 but the entire regular season as well. There are even locker room whispers that sixth-year man Colt McCoy has overtaken Griffin as the backup on the Redskins’ depth chart. Due to RG III’s expensive contract the team has found no takers thus far in exploratory trade talks. If the Skins do decide to part ways and release him outright it would take a $6.7 million cap hit but the controversy and speculation would end in D.C. as would Robert Griffin’s once promising career in Washington.
The question of whether or not Griffin’s career continues if and when he gets cut by the Redskins is not in question but where he lands is another issue entirely. Let’s take a look at which teams may be interested in procuring RG3’s services and determine if their NFL odds will be affected.
Buffalo Bills (+250) – Rex Ryan has named untested Virginia Tech product Tyrod Taylor as his starting quarterback over E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel. Ryan, recently deposed from the NY Jets, is starting fresh and has no allegiances to anyone or anything. Snaring RG3 from the scrapheap could prove to be a move that will not only invigorate a fan base desperate for a playoff contender but could also spur increased competition among the quarterbacks currently in the fold. If the inexperienced Taylor melts from the pressure then Robert Griffin could prove to be a valuable asset as opposed to retreads Cassel and Manuel.
NY Jets (+450) – Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the man under center to lead the Jets, or any team for that matter, to the Promised Land. Geno Smith, broken jaw and all, could ultimately prove to be a bona fide quarterback in this league but the verdict is still out. Jets’ fans would be worked into a lather if their beloved team signed Griffin and the bottom line is – what have they got to lose?
Chicago Bears (+700) – Jay Cutler can try any man’s patience and though he is heralded for his golden arm his decisions are always not the best and he’s not exactly that team leader and locker room savant that breeds confidence and camaraderie. If Cutler goes down, which he is prone to do, then little Jimmy Clausen takes the reins to the offense. Why not RG3 at Soldier Field?
The Field (-400) – The fact is RG3 will land somewhere. Even the Denver Broncos could snatch him up with Peyton Manning getting older by the day with their only fallback being Brock Osweiler as the untested backup who has been buried behind the future Hall-of-Famer. Regardless where RG3 lands it shouldn’t affect the NFL odds of any team immediately as his impact will most likely be felt only if the starter, of whichever team claims him, falls victim to injury.