Redskins bench Robert Griffin III, name Kirk Cousins starter

It’s been a bad couple of months for Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. First, the world finds out that fellow Subway Sandwiches pitchman Jared Fogle is a child porn loving pedophile. Then, Griffin’s signature shoe from Adidas started showing up on the shelves at discount outlets like Ross and Marshall’s. Now, Kirk Cousins has been named the starting quarterback for the 2015 season. Griffin, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, and the second overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft will be either Cousins’ back-up, or more likely, Cousins’ back-up’ back-up.

The Roman numeral three on the back of Griffin’s jersey may just end up serving the dual purpose of identifying his pecking order on the depth chart, as in third-string.

That’s if he doesn’t get cut or traded, not that I can imagine a scenario where another team would trade for Robert Griffin III.

Griffin will earn make $3,269,877 from the Redskins this season. Since that’s guaranteed, the Redskins will be paying him that much whether he’s with the team or not. Plus, his total salary represents $6,719,713 towards this season’s salary cap. That takes into account his base salary and his initial signing bonus of $13,799,344 spread out over four years. When an NFL team cuts a player, the remaining portion of his signing bonus is applied in full against the cap. This is not a factor with Griffin. Since this is the final year under contract, there are no more remaining years to apply to the cap.

Should the Redskins just cut Griffin? Yes. He’s not worth a roster spot. NFL teams are allowed only 53 players on the active roster. Keep Griffin on the team, and that’s one less player that could help the team win games.

Redskins bench Robert Griffin III, name Kirk Cousins starter - Bent Corner
Robert Griffin III sitting on the bench in full pout mode.

If the Redskins need someone to sit on the bench and pout, there’s no reason they need to waste a roster spot for it. They could just hire a 14-year-old girl, assign her a place on the bench, and take away her cell phone. Don’t let a teenage girl tweet or post crap on Facebook, she’ll act very much like Robert Griffin III sitting on the bench.

Hypothetically, she would provide the same value as Griffin, but she wouldn’t waste a roster spot.

The Redskins should just cut Griffin. Even if they don’t mind burning a roster spot on a player who won’t be positively contributing this season, having him stick around creates a problem for Kirk Cousins. At best, Cousins is an average quarterback in the NFL. There’s nothing wrong with being average. It’s just that there will be times when Cousins is going to fail. Keep Griffin on the team and I guarantee you eyes will turn to Griffin sulking sitting on the bench.

I’m not sure how that helps anyone.

The Redskins should just cut Griffin and allow him to go sign with the Oakland Raiders. That’s where first-round draft busts go when they’re cut. They go to Oakland and play on dirt.

Author: Rick Rottman

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