Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 11, 13 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Why have the Redskins released RG3?
—There isn't any indication out of Redskins Park as to why Robert Griffin III remains on the Redskins' roster. I suppose they had to go through a process where after the season ended they went through and make sure that all of the principles were on board with the decision to let him got. But that process should take about as long as the Hall of Fame committee debate over enshrining Bret Favre—a matter of seconds, not days.
—I suppose that they could be holding out hope that some team will try to trade for Griffin. As I noted here a couple of weeks ago, Griffin would have to agree to a new contract for such a deal to happen and he has no reason to do that and plenty of reasons not to do anything to facilitate a trade. Griffin will want to explore his options and use whatever leverage he has to make the deal that’s best for him. A sign and trade scenario is the worst option possible for him. But apparently they are in a "never say never"
—One reason the Redskins are able to hang on to Griffin for now is that the $16 million in cap space he currently occupies isn’t doing the team any harm or preventing them from doing anything they want to regarding signing players. NFL teams do not need to be in compliance with the salary cap until the league year starts at 4 p.m. on March 9.
—And being on the Redskins roster really doesn’t damage Griffin to any appreciable extent. He’d probably like to get out there and talk to some teams and although he could sign somewhere if he was cut the CBA prohibits him from working out at the facility or even talking football with a coach. If he plays it smart he won’t jump at the first offer that comes along anyway. It would serve him well to slow play things and see how situations unfold in placed like Los Angeles (yes, I almost typed St. Louis) where Nick Foles may or may not be back, Denver, where an untested Brock Osweiler is likely to need a backup, Houston, and several other places with quarterback uncertainty before joining a new team.
—The bottom line is that the Redskins will release Griffin on their own timetable. They won’t do it at a particular time because fans want it to be done soon or because the members of the media (at least those who are married or otherwise attached) don’t want it to happen on Valentine’s Day. They will do it when it suits them best, no sooner and no later.
—The Redskins last played a game 32 days ago. It will be about 213 days until they play another one.
—About 168 days until centers and linebackers report to Richmond.
—Days until: NFL Combine 13; NFL free agency starts 27; 2016 NFL draft 77
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