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The Redskins need to avoid the 5th year option of RG3

rg3The Washington Redskins have a decision to make by May 3rd.  That is the deadline for NFL teams to pick up or decline the option for a fifth year of a players rookie contract.  Earlier this week the Indianapolis Colts picked up the option of Andrew Luck which will pay him 16.155 million dollars in 2016 guaranteed.  That is the same amount the Redskins would have to pay Robert Griffin III if they were to pick up the option of former Heisman quarterback Robert Griffin III. 

The Redskins coaching staff and Administration already have distanced themselves from the former Heisman Trophy Winner. Last year, Gruden went public criticizing his quarterback after RG3 made a comment to the media about the players around him.  

After another disappointing season which ended early due to another injury, Griffin III has to expect to have his option declined. Last season Griffin was benched in favor of both Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, and tossed more interceptions than touchdowns (4 TD’s/6 Int’s). If the former Baylor Bear can return to his rookie season form, then I would say absolutely give him the money, but his career has been decimated due to injuries. 

In RG3’s rookie year, he tossed 20 touchdowns and only had 5 interceptions, while leading them to the playoffs.  In the past two years combined, Griffin III has thrown 20 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. 

The Redskins still have RG3 under contract this year and if he begins to play like an All-Pro then give him a new deal, but if he has another injury plagued season, the team is left with little choice but to cut ties with the former college star. 

If the Redskins decide to pick up the fifth year option on their former first round pick, 11.3 percent of their 2016 salary cap will be used on one player. 

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