The NFL trade rumors have started with Washington Redskins’ quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Various teams have already shared their opinions about the quarterback, but he will definitely have a few different options as far as where he will play for the 2016 NFL season. Griffin is currently still on Washington’s roster but is expected to be cut by March 9, when the free-agency period begins.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are one of the top teams that have recently expressed interest in Griffin. Trent Baalke, the league’s general manager, previously stated that the team would keep Colin Kaepernick, last year’s starting quarterback, on their roster for the new season. Griffin, who has consecutively been Washington’s backup quarterback, may have a chance to start next year and give the 49ers a new choice of a quarterback to rely on. Blaine Gabbert is Kaepernick’s current backup quarterback. Baalke even mentioned at the NFL combine on Feb. 24, that they would be looking at all player options and could possibly choose a new quarterback from the combine if they choose to not pick Griffin.
The 49ers hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach. As a new coach, he will most likely make significant changes to the team as they finished with a record of 5-11 under former head coach, Jim Tomsula. Kelly may have to take Griffin as a considerable candidate for starting quarterback to turn the team around for a new season.
The NFL trade rumors continued with the Philadelphia Eagles, who are also rumored to want to begin the 2016 season with a new quarterback. The Eagles have expressed interest in Griffin as they have been looking to fill Donovan McNabb’s quarterback legacy since 2009. Griffin would be competing against Sam Bradford, the current Eagles’ quarterback. Philadelphia finished the season with a 7-9 record under former head coach, Chip Kelly. The Eagles’ current and new head coach, Doug Pederson, may have a different approach when looking for potential quarterbacks and even evaluating Bradford. Pederson played as a quarterback when he was a player in the NFL from 1992-2004.
Some NFL fans believe that the Dallas Cowboys could be a possible fit for Griffin. Current quarterback Tony Romo has been reported to be considering another procedure on his collarbone and clavicle. Romo will turn 36 years old this year, and within the past few seasons, he has seen multiple injuries to his collarbone as well as his left clavicle. Dallas finished with a 4-12 record. His backup quarterback, Matt Casse, was criticized by fans for not converting wins. Although this choice in a team may be unlikely, it could still be a possibility for Griffin.
Griffin has been the Redskins’ backup quarterback for the past two seasons over both poor performance and his health. Statistically, he went 5-15 when he was the starting quarterback for those 20 games. He also threw 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He has only had one rushing touchdown since 2012, which was his rookie season. Griffin was drafted by the NFL in 2012 by the Washington Redskins in the first round and picked second overall. In his first season, he won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He also attended the Pro Bowl in 2012. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2011 when he played for Baylor University.
Opinion by Tricia Manalansan
Edited by Leigh Haugh
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