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Report: Nobody in the NFL wants to trade for Robert Griffin III

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With the NFL's trade deadline approaching at 4 p.m., it appears Robert Griffin III will remain on the Washington Redskins for the remainder of the season.

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the Redskins haven't received any trade offers from other teams for the 2012 No. 2 draft pick.

As Anderson notes, the big hold-up is Griffin's contract, which has the potential to become a nightmare.

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DALLAS, TX. October 27: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) warmup before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T stadium on October 27, 2014 in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX. October 27: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) on the sidelines during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T stadium on October 27, 2014 in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX. October 27: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) greets wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88)after a third quarter touchdown scored by Alfred Morris (46)at AT&T stadium on October 27, 2014 in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DALLAS - OCTOBER 27: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10), left, germs ready to pass while warming up behind Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (16) before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at AT& T Stadium on Monday, October 27, 2014. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX. October 27: Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner talks with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) during warmup before the Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T stadium on October 27, 2014 in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
DALLAS - OCTOBER 27: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys at AT& T Stadium on Monday, October 27, 2014. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 27: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins watches play against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ASHBURN VA, OCTOBER 22: Washington quarterback Colt McCoy (16), center, passes during drills under the eye of head coach Jay Gruden, left, and fellow quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) as the Washington Redskins conduct practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn VA, October 22, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ASHBURN VA, OCTOBER 22: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) as the Washington Redskins conduct practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn VA, October 22, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ASHBURN VA, OCTOBER 22: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) as the Washington Redskins conduct practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn VA, October 22, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ASHBURN VA, OCTOBER 22: Washington quarterback Colt McCoy (16), left, and quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throw passes as the Washington Redskins conduct practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn VA, October 22, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 19: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins works out before the start of a game between the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 19, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 19: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins works out before the start of a game between the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 19, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 19: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) walks off the field after warm-ups before their game against the Tennessee Titans at FedEx Field on October 19, 2014 in Landover, Md. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ASHBURN VA, OCTOBER 17: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III during stretching exercises before practice as Griffin works on his comeback at Redskin Park in Ashburn VA, October 17, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 12: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins on the sideline during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 30-20. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 06: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins and quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks talk to one another following the Seattle Seahawks defeating the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 6, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
GLENDALE AZ, OCTOBER 12: Injured Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) warms up on the field before the Washington Redskins play the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale AZ, October 12, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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This past offseason, when Washington was still pushing for Griffin to be their starting quarterback, they picked up Griffin's fifth-year option, worth $16.2 million and guaranteed for injury. This means if another team were to trade for Griffin this year and he got injured, they'd be on the hook to pay him that $16.2 million next year.

For a player who has been oft injured and hasn't shown much since his rookie season, that's a deal-breaker.

Last season, Griffin actually looked competent and performed better than current starter, Kirk Cousins, but $16.2 million is a big guarantee for below-average production.

ProFootball Talk's Michael David Smith's outlook on the situation is bleak:

Griffin will spend this year on the sidelines in Washington and be released after the season is over. He'll sign with some other team in the spring, and Washington will get nothing.

This actually may a better outcome for RGIII, however. If he can hit free agency and sign with a team he knows wants him, he'll be under less pressure than coming in halfway through a season via trade and having to adjust on the fly.

After what's turned into a disastrous stint in Washington, Griffin may be better off sitting this season out, avoiding injury, and getting to decide his own future this offseason.

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