Taking a look back at Robert Griffin III's tenure in Washington
Robert Griffin III was meant to be the savior of a decrepit Washington Redskins franchise. Washington's brass traded three first-round picks and one second-round pick in order to move up in the 2012 NFL Draft to land RGIII. Fast-forward to 2016 (with a QB record of 14-21), and Griffin has been released, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
It was a swift fall from grace for the former Heisman Trophy winner following an extremely promising rookie season.
As Griffin enters free agency, the question now will be where he winds up. One potential destination could be back in Texas. The Houston Texans relied upon a hodgepodge of quarterbacks including Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden a season ago. Assuming Griffin can return to his past form (or close to it), he could lock down the franchise QB spot for a team that's already sound at a lot of other positions.
If the Texans aren't interested, keep an eye on the San Francisco 49ers (where Colin Kaepernick has reportedly requested a trade) or the Los Angeles Rams. The latter relied upon Nick Foles as the starter for much of last season — who graded out 36th out of 37 NFL quarterbacks, according to ProFootballFocus (subscription required).
With a change of scenery, perhaps RGIII can regain the rookie year magic that dazzled fans. Regardless, Washington's decision to give up so much for Griffin via trade was ultimately met with disaster.
By: Ben Leibowitz