Future Head Of State: The Washington Redskins Announces They Will Pick Up RGIII’s Fifth Year Option

April 28, 2015 0

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The NFC East is going to be the most entertaining division in the NFL this year. After a poor season in 2014 and learning a new system under Coach Gruden, the Washington Redskins have announced their plan to pick up their fifth year option on quarterback Robert Griffin III stating he will be their quarterback for the future.

According to the Washington Post,

Nothing is easy for Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, not anymore, even when it should be. The Redskins announced Monday they had exercised a team option that will pay Griffin $16.1 million for the 2016 season, a formality for most teams but the end to a complex debate for Washington.

It should have been easy to cut ties with a physically and emotionally fragile quarterback who has gone 4-16 over two seasons. It should have been easy to further invest in a former No. 2 pick who won a division title in a remarkable rookie season just two years ago.

The problem for the Redskins, of course, is that Griffin is both of those things. And in classic Redskins fashion, they arrived at a fork in the road with two dead ends. Given how the Redskins botched their handling of Griffin from the beginning, neither choice figures to end with a happy resolution for the quarterback nor the team.

The Redskins decision to exercise the option should not be surprising. The option is fully guaranteed only for injury, which means the Redskins can still cut ties with Griffin after this season without financial penalty unless Griffin suffers another serious injury. If Griffin again plays poorly enough to lose his job while staying healthy, the Redskins will at last face an easy decision next offseason.

Can RGIII lead the Redskins to the promise? Let us know below and stay tuned to HHS1987 for all your sports news.

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