Washington Redskins Call Robert Griffin III’s Fifth-Year Option a “No-Brainer”

By Rachel Wold

The Washington Redskins recently picked up quarterback Robert Griffin III’s fifth-year option which will pay him $16.15 million for the 2016 season.

If there was any controversy over the decision earlier in this spring, team president Bruce Allen dismissed that notion on Monday.

“We think Robert is a starting quarterback: We’ve seen him win; we’ve seen him win big games,” Allen said, via The Washington Post. “We know his talent. It really was a no-brainer. I think if you asked us six months before, it would have been the same decision.”

Allen’s comments regarding us seeing RGIII win big games doesn’t necessarily translate to the past two seasons. During that span, the former No. 2 overall pick has a combined 5-15 record as as starter.

General manager Scot McCloughan indicated back in March that the team was still deciding whether to pick up the fifth-year option on RGIII’s contract. This certainly doesn’t match up with Allen’s cut and dry stance that the team felt secure with Griffin six months ago. Although, at this time, it appears the team is putting all its eggs in Griffin’s basket—a decision that was solidified when Washington didn’t select a quarterback in the draft.

It’s now up to the former Heisman winner to step up to the plate and prove that the team’s faith in him isn’t foolish.


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