Sep 3, 2015, 5:17 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 3, two days before the Washington Redskins make their final cuts.
5 reasons to keep RG3 on the roster
There are some sound reasons why the Redskins should let go of Robert Griffin III. But there are also reasons to keep him. Let’s look at some why the Redskins should keep RG3 wearing their uniform.
—They will be paying him anyway. They are definitely on the hook for the $3.4 million prorated portion of his signing bonus and unless a long shot comes through and can get traded, they will pay him $3.3 million in salary. What is the point in paying him to play for another team?
—Especially if that team is in the division. You would have to think that Jerry Jones would be interested in bringing the Texas native to Dallas. And Griffin could be a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s fast-paced college-style offense in Philly. In fact, there are already rumors in Philly that the Eagles might be interested in Griffin if he gets cut.
—Kirk Cousins does not have much of an injury history. But he has never had to take the pounding of a 16-game NFL season on his 6-3, 214-lb. frame. And Colt McCoy has had injury issues in his career. If anything happens to one or both of them, are the Redskins better off with some guy off the street or someone who knows the offense and, as noted, they are paying him anyway.
—Scot McCloughan said it himself earlier this year—you don’t give up on a young quarterback. Griffin is just 25 and he could catch on at some point, maybe soon. Why give up now especially since (sorry to be repetitive) you’re paying him anyway
—A trade market could develop for him. Most teams seem to have their quarterback situations settled. But an injury or a couple of highly ineffective games by the starter could change that. And an immediate opportunity to play or at least be the No. 2 might give Griffin some incentive to modify the 2016 option. What’s the rush? If a market doesn’t develop in the first few weeks of the season you can let him go in October.
—Today’s schedule: Jaguars at Redskins, 7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet
—It’s been 249 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 10 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Final cuts 2; Rams @ Redskins 17; Redskins @ Giants Thursday night 21
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