A tale of two Washington Redskin quarterbacks

RGIII released; franchise tag placed on Kirk Cousins

In a press release Monday the Washington Redskins stated they have released the following players, including quarterback Robert Griffin, III.

[High hopes for RGIII]

Along with Griffin, the Redskins have released two-time Pro Bowler S Dashon Goldson, 2013 Pro Bowler DE Jason Hatcher and S Jerson Johnson.    

Griffin, known for 'expressing' himself on social media, took to his Instagram account to reflect on his time in Washington and to thank the organization, teammates and Skins Nation.

"Thank you for welcoming me and my family with open arms in 2012", writes Griffin. "You guys truly made it an honor to play for you and I couldn't imagine starting my career anywhere else."

Griffin's career began on a high note with fans seeing the first-round NFL draft pick taking the team to the Playoffs his first year with the team.   Griffin threw for over 3,000 yards garnering him twenty touchdown passes.  By his second season Griffin sustained a concussion and a knee injury. Controversy over whether he returned to play too soon left a rift between the player, coaches and the doctor who gave the 'all-clear' to play. 

[Where RGIII could end up]

Griffin continued to be plagued with injuries causing him to miss most of his second season. By his third season, Griffin's performance was less than stellar and he was replaced by backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.  Cousins played two seasons, alternating between Griffin and third-string QB Colt McCoy. Cousins eventually became the starter, going on to set single-season team records for both passing and completions. 

Following behind Griffin in 2013, Cousins led the Redskins to an NFC East title two years later in 2015.

[Kirk Cousins' dream job, come true?]

Kirk Cousins signed a $20M contract last week, sealing his fate as Washington's franchise QB.
photo: Cousins' Sqor account.
Known for hailing interceptions (30 on the season), Cousins had seven 300-yard passing games and threw a touchdown pass in all 16 regular season games.  He became the first player in team history to do so.  Cousins broke several other franchise records including completing 379 of 543 attempted passes, for 4,166 yards.

After weeks of salary negotiations it was announced last Tuesday that Cousins would be the franchise quarterback for the Washington Redskins.

Cousins tweeted earlier today, on Peyton Manning retiring from the NFL: 

"Peyton exits the game as expected: w/ pure class.
Worn his facemask 14 seasons,hoping his talent would rub off on me! "

We'll see if it does, Kirk Cousins.  We'll see if it does.

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