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Need to Know: Why the Redskins need to release RG3 today

Feb 23, 2016, 5:00 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 23, one day before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Why the Redskins should release RG3 today

The time has come.

The Redskins need to release Robert Griffin III from his $16.15 million 2016 option contract and they need to do it today.

Perhaps they should have done it a while ago, sometime between August 31 of last year when Jay Gruden handed the keys to the franchise to Kirk Cousins and last week.

But they have held on to Griffin for a couple of reasons. They want to see if they can generate some trade action for him. That would involve the Redskins finding a team so interested in Griffin that they would want to give up a draft pick to get him rather than waiting until March 9 when the Redskins have to cut him. Then, if the Redskins can locate that team they would have to persuade Griffin to give up his right to shop his services wherever he wants to and negotiate a new contract with this team since nobody is going to trade for him at $16 million per year.

Sounds far fetched, right? Yeah, it’s not happening.

The other reason Griffin remains a Redskin is that organization wants to use him as some sort of leverage, a “pawn” in the words of one former agent, in negotiations for a new contract for Cousins. I would love to hear Cousins’ agent laughing when they tried to tell him that they could let Cousins walk and go with a $16 million player they benched and who wants nothing to do with him. In fact, watching Bruce Allen try to claim that with a straight face might be pretty amusing, too.

Even though both of these ploys have been pointless for quite some time there really hasn’t been any reason to let Griffin go. Why not keep him in hopes that an NFL team completely loses its mind or that Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney wakes up one morning suffering from some sort of temporary amnesia and forgets all of what has transpired regarding Griffin since 2012? But tomorrow the NFL Combine starts and that’s why the Redskins should cut ties with Griffin today.

Jay Gruden will be addressing the media on Wednesday afternoon. And won’t be just the local media, who know the story on Griffin and would keep questions on why he’s still there to a minimum. There will be national reporters and media from every NFL team. Any beat writer from any team who might be interested in Griffin will be there looking for quotes about RG3.

So, instead of talking about how his 2015 playoff team is going to look to make itself better this year he could be in a situation where he is getting peppered with questions about a player who will definitively not be with the team in two weeks.

And Gruden is not a very good liar. That’s a fine quality for a human being, not so much for one who would be expected to continue the bluff and say that Griffin could still be a part of their plans going forward.

So, which will it be? Can one of the voices of the Redskins appear in front of media from all over the league and paint a vision of what a bright future will look like? Or will Gruden have to keep up the charade and keep rehashing the team’s dysfunctional past?

The choice seems obvious but there is no guarantee that the organization will take the right course of action.


—The Redskins last played a game 44 days ago. It will be about 201 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 1; NFL free agency starts 15; 2016 NFL draft 65

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Feb 23, 2016 at 5:46 AM

    Let’s not forget the other reason that he could potentially still be here even by the end of the day. And I know you could not say this because it would probably harm your ability to have access to the Redskins training facilities.

    Wait for it wait for it…. DAN SNYDER!!!

    Don’t Forget about the Snyder factor. There is a well-documented love affair here. It is also well documented that this owner knows nothing about football.

    It is possible that the reason cousins has no deal and the reason RGIII is still here is because of the infamous Dan Snyder.

    let’s hope this is not the case and that he has learned from his countless mistakes, and we see RGIII gone by the end of the day…

    • garg8050 - Feb 23, 2016 at 6:47 AM

      Certainly possible. The longer he’s on the roster, and the longer Cousins has no deal, the more nervous I get about them somehow screwing this up.

      In all honesty, if I’m Cousins, aside from the coaching staff and his teammates, why would he want to stay here?? He’s always played 2nd fiddle to Griffin. The Texans, for one, would be a great fit. Great defense, great #1 WR, and a QB friendly head coach. He could go to Houston as “THE guy”. He stays here, he’ll always be the guy who replaced Griffin…maybe he doesn’t want to stay. Who knows…

      • colorofmyskinz - Feb 23, 2016 at 7:06 AM

        Honestly there is one reason that cousins would want to stay here with great hope… Scot McGlaughlin. He knows Scot supports him and knows Scot knows how to build championship teams. Honestly without Scot, most every player would run from this team like the plague. Smart if Allen to bring him in to unbalance the conversations with the front office against Snyder. Now it is Gruden, Scot, and Allen to take sides against Snyder. And it takes all of that fire power to undo his absolute pathetic decisions.

        • Thetruthis - Feb 23, 2016 at 11:50 AM

          what do you think about grudens pathetic decisions? Really, as a first time NFL HC he choses to hire a first time OC, leave a loosing DC in place (Haslet), Gruden decides to not hire a QB coach when he was hired to do just that to RG3, not Cousins. Gruden decides to pass on Wade Phillips when he was available for DC and instead brought in Joe Barry, who has never had a winning history in the NFL. Oh, and by the way, the skins “D” is ranked quite low. Scot McCloughan has one more job to to. Get rid of Jay Gruden. He is benefiting greatly from the more experienced coaches like Bill Callahan, and Matt Cavanaugh and the new GM. And right now he is positioning the skins to bet the farm on Cousins. Which from my research, Cousins is a HUGE risk for the biscuit. Not the way to go when you are having to pay out this much money. The skins played against 2 playoff teams this year. Next year, they are looking at 6 games against playoff teams. You must wait until at least cousins shows that he can now beat winning teams-which he has never done in his NFL career.

        • sikologik - Feb 23, 2016 at 12:14 PM

          @thetruthis I know, right!? Gruden had a whole year to remake RG3 out of something other than glass and he failed to do so.

          How- I say HOW is it that Gruden hasn’t turned this 3-13 club from 2 years ago into perennial super bowl contenders yet!?

      • baddegg - Feb 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM

        Come on, at the end of the season fans were chanting “You like that” in the stands. Next year when Griffin’s gone no one is going to be pining for him.

        As for why he would stay, I think the answer is obvious: continuity. He has worked hard to learn Gruden’s system and now has a great working relationship with all the guys here. Gruden is also QB friendly, and Reed, Garcon and Jackson are also terrific receiving options.

        Whenever you change your situation there is a risk involved. The continuity is valuable…don’t count it out.

      • Thetruthis - Feb 23, 2016 at 11:42 AM

        Dream on! This is utter nonsense. Aside from coaching staff and teammates? What else is more important in your way of thinking? I’d really love to know. 2nd fiddle-he sometimes played 3rd fiddle. He was benched for being a turnover machine the last two years. Gruden got so mad at cousins he even snatched his uniform from him, just last year. Just last year the skins could not get any interest at all from any of the teams to trade for cousins after his play history from 2012 to 2014. The truth helps when you look at it. Cousins should be pinching himself to find himself in this current situation. No one owes him anything.

    • OP - Feb 23, 2016 at 7:49 AM

      Well documented, because delusional people like yourself, often repeat the lie.

      • howie70 - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:08 AM

        Delusional people repeat the lie? You’re in denial if yo think Snyder didn’t have a love affair with Robert and give him extra perks that other Redskin players didn’t get.
        * * *Griffin and Snyder — along with Griffin’s then fiancée and members of his family — shared Thanksgiving dinner.

        * * * Snyder and Griffin were seen together at the premiere of a Tom Cruise movie, dining at a Georgetown restaurant and attending an after-party following the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

        * * * Snyder attended Griffin’s wedding and the quarterback wouldn’t let the team owner sit out dances

        * * * His wife was allowed at training camp while other players wives were not

        * * * His family had access to team facilities while other players families did not

        These are just a few examples of the so called “lie”.

        • Thetruthis - Feb 23, 2016 at 11:53 AM

          So, what!!!!! What kind of relationship does Jones have with Tony Romo? What kind of relationship does Craft have with Brady. This happens all the time and there is nothing wrong with it. It’s only when the skins create drama by looking for scape goats and such nonsense. The games are won on the field.

        • howie70 - Feb 23, 2016 at 12:47 PM

          @Thetruthis- I was simply pointing out that the love fest existed. Something that OP was calling a lie.
          But to your “So what” – Jones is another meddling owner. So because he coddles Romo in your mind it justifies it for Snyder to coddle Robert? As far as Kraft and Brady, I doubt that Brady received any kind of special perks in his first year being a 6th round pick. But winning a few rings will get you some perks. Robert was coddled by Snyder form day one before he had proven himself on the field.

      • Trey Gregory - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:29 AM

        Yeah OP, it’s absolutely well documented. You’re not looking for the articles if you haven’t seen them.

        That’s just one of the multiple ways that this team destroyed RG3’s chances of succeeding in Washington.

    • baddegg - Feb 23, 2016 at 8:27 AM

      If Snyder were pulling the strings they wouldn’t have pulled the plug on Griffin pre-season and started Cousins. They also wouldn’t have been so patient with Cousins when he struggled the first half of the season.

      I get the whole Dan Snyder meddling thing but we also have to observe what has actually happened with these two players this year.

      • sidepull - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:44 AM

        Agree. Snyder is not getting in the way of Scot is my impression.

        I dont think Snyder is micro managing Scot I know hes Scots boss but they hired Scot to make the player decisions. I know they preach the company line that its a ‘team decision”, but at this stage of the game I really dont believe Snyder would involve himself simply because of his past relationship with RG3. Hes got to move on, as an owner, get out of his own way and see how that works for his team. So far so good. I hope he gets older and wiser.

        He certainly did a laundry list of stupid stuff we all saw and I think, at least feel the last stupid thing I felt hampered the Redskins was the $16milion dollar option, the albatross that made it difficult for any team to offer anything for RG3. Was that Snyder’s last hurrah? Was he the guy who made that happen? Well its over now and I see nothing that would indicate that he is going to insert himself into the process now. Snyder dealing with the grief issues lol: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally Acceptnce

    • Mike Onyeador - Feb 23, 2016 at 12:53 PM

      You are so bent on seeing RG3 gone that you are making it personal
      Let’s see what happens next year.
      That might be what they are afraid of.

  2. hail74 - Feb 23, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    Here’s another far fetched idea, waiting for some team to commit tampering. Sure seems to be more than a few reports coming out about how he wouldn’t be good for Dallas, reverse psychology? Not being serious, but maybe?

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 23, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    Happy trails, RGIII.

  4. troylok - Feb 23, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Let him go. Turn the page. Don’t look back.

  5. therealistcat - Feb 23, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    So glad the front office has a mental space that doesn’t seem to include selective memory fans and media members. You will see Rich, the film (eye in the sky) don’t lie. There are some serious holes in Kirks game, that is being analyzed by Scot and his staff. I saw it during the regular season and it was confirmed by a comprehensive analyst from the Bleacher Report who went back and watched every snap and created a metrics chart breaking down the hidden factors of Kirks game that would cause any GM to move with caution when considering a long term deal. Contrarily, Griffin has shown the ability to win with much less than Kirk and has the most upside based on the intangibles. I’ve been to several of the practices to witness the fact that he was improving in the system last year. You were there as well and some of your colleagues wrote about it. So cut the mustard buddy and stop acting like you can erase history and facts. Robert is still on the team for reasons you and some of your colleagues refuse to write about.

    • babyteal1 - Feb 23, 2016 at 8:15 AM

      Keep up the fight BigCat!!

    • howie70 - Feb 23, 2016 at 8:40 AM

      You mean selective memory like the Robert cult that only remembers 2012? Cousins may or may not be the long term answer, but he has shown he is the better option for the current regime.

    • ajbus1 - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:17 AM

      Bleacher Report huh……doh-kay

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:19 AM

      Is this you, therealistcat?


    • Skulb - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:29 AM

      Little early for booze don’t you think?

    • renhoekk2 - Feb 23, 2016 at 10:48 AM

      There were two QB’s in the entire NFL that finished in the top 5 in both Comp% and QB rating. One was R Wilson and the other was K Cousins. Not Brady, Brees, Rothlisberger, etc. R Wilson was ranked #7 on that BR list and the other was ranked 28th? And you think that was objective? I follow Matt Miller on twitter. The guy who wrote that piece. He’s a Cowboys fan and his main job is pretending to be an NFL draft guru. All of the QB’s he ranked high in his draft analysis (Top 20 and up) were ranked way too high. He ranked Cousins 44th coming out of the draft. Not a legit starter. If he put out a list that had a guy he ranked 44th in the draft ahead of guys he ranked as high #1, that would not look good for him as draft analyst. No objective analyst would agree that WInston, Mariotta, Bridgewate, Carr, Bortles, had a better 2015 season than Cousins. It was a self serving piece by Miller to give credibility to his draft analysis,, SURPRISE! right around the combine and draft season.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 23, 2016 at 7:26 PM

        “There were two QB’s in the entire NFL that finished in the top 5 in both Comp% and QB rating. ‘
        Cousins did some good things this season but you couldn’t have chose two more deceiving statistics. With that QB percent he also posted over 68% of his passes of less than 10 yards which if far higher than even the average. He also was 28th in yards per completion. Also his total QBR was not top 5 but give him credit it was top ten. What it comes down to is Cousins threw a lot where the bulk of his completion were short range passes. It’s not a discredit to him for having such high numbers like Brady commonly has. However, if he can get better YAC out of his receivers like Brady does then Cousins has something going for him. Only Reed posted elite level YAC on the team. Maybe Cousins will arrive to that point but for now both the Comp% and QB rating are froth with reasons that should have him considered elite as you want to suggest.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 23, 2016 at 7:28 PM

          “Maybe Cousins will arrive to that point but for now both the Comp% and QB rating are froth with reasons that should not have him considered elite as you want to suggest.”

    • fwhalstead1 - Feb 24, 2016 at 11:51 AM

      You had me right up until you revealed your source! Bleacher report? Seriously? You do know that guys like you and I write and research for BR right?

  6. babyteal1 - Feb 23, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Bye Bye Robert. Good luck!!!

  7. Kennard - Feb 23, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    The only way to screw up would be to actually give Cousins the money he wants because if it’s true he and his agent are wanting 20+ a year then he can get to stepping one good half to a season does not warrant that kinda money and if you think it does something is wrong with you if he gets that were left with no money for free agents and will return with the same team minus a few of our own which has already proven to not be good enough so if all fails let him go and build the defense because that’s what wins championships not qbs but defense I’m with you Scott do what you did for SF,and Seattle

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 23, 2016 at 8:27 AM

      Welcome to the board. Just tip, periods are your friend, makes your posts more readable.

  8. baddegg - Feb 23, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Basically, what I got out of this article was the reason the Redskins should cut RGIII today is to avoid tough questions from the media.

    However, the other option is just to learn to effectively handle the media. The Patriots get tough questions every week on a myriad of issues and yet it doesn’t sink the franchise. Maybe Washington should learn to do that, so that they are not making personnel decisions based on non-football reasons such as what questions the media may ask.

    • sidepull - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:47 AM

      Agree. Just BB em. Pretty effective unless your a person who like to hear themselves talk.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM

        It works better for BB because he has a long track record of success behind him.

    • Thetruthis - Feb 23, 2016 at 11:58 AM

      Well said, baddegg. After all did we not hear Gruden (who I believe was lying) say that they only named rg3 the starter so they would not have to answer media questions all summer for goodness sake. Just an amateur. Do you think Bill Belichick or Mike Tomlin would give that stupid nonsense a second thought? They are real legit NFL coaches.

  9. Agent Smith - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Good points Rich. Though it could work the opposite way, that the Redskins release Griffin today, and coach Gruden gets peppered with questions about the timing of Griffin’s release right before the combine. Which would also be a distraction. The Redskins should have released Griffin last week (or last year), but we can’t turn back time.

    I suspect the Redskins will hold on to Robert until the eleventh hour right before March 9 when the NFL fiscal year begins. If they’ve held him this long, I don’t see them altering course until the $16 million comes due.

    • Trey Gregory - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:34 AM

      I was thinking the exact same thing. I’m all for cutting RG3 ASAP. But if they do it today, that will probably cause Gruden and McCloughan to get NOTHING but RG3 related questions at the combine. If I know the national sports media anyway. Just my two cents

  10. Darren Reinhardt - Feb 23, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    RG3 to Dallas. .enough said

    • howie70 - Feb 23, 2016 at 11:29 AM
  11. Thetruthis - Feb 23, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Well, Rich-here you go again. Sometimes your opinions amaze me. Consider this-the redskins have absolutely NOTHING to gain by cutting RG3 prior to the minute they have to. As long as they have him, anything could happen. So, I believe that is the reason Scot has not cut him yet or earlier in the year when so many writers got it WRONG- that he would be released after Kirk got the start for the year. They flat out got it wrong. That shows that Scot Mc. does not think like many writers and that is just a fact. I get why scot has not released him. It makes perfect sense to me. When I heard scot speak about the situation in an interview, I said, Scot Mc is a pretty smart strategist. But when I heard Bruce Allen speak at the super bowl during an interview, his diariah of the mouth shows why the skins have sucked for so many year. There was nothing for the skins to gain by Allen running his mouth about future decisions that have not been executed.

    and you also got it wrong about Gruden not being a very good liar. He is. He just doesn’t lie very well for the benefit of the team. He lies very very very well when it comes to him getting EXACTLY what he wants.

    Here’s a future one for you to look at. How many times have you heard Jay G say, we compete at all positions every day, especially at the QB position. That was when he wanted to get rid of robert. Lets see if he even utters a competition for QB when his boy Kirk gets the contract. In fact, I observed Jay tell so many lies I just decided to ignore what he was saying and just watch what he did. Was Kirk competing for the QB position during the first 5 games when he was a prime time turnover machine? NO!

    • John - Feb 23, 2016 at 11:44 AM

      Robert will be cut loose sooner or later regardless of what the press tries to stir up.

      Regarding Gruden, he has a tendency to speak unfiltered but is not a liar.

      RGme talked all last off season about how other teams, specifically Seattle put all their eggs in one basket (Russell Wilson) and he wanted similar treatment. He was named the starter in February and got a big contract. They brought in a QB coach and improved the pass protection.

      In camp, reporters talked of how much better he supposedly was. Funny how Brian Mitchell was asking what those folks were smoking. When the preseason started, Robert showed no growth from previous seasons. Kirk and Colt, while playing with lesser players against lesser competition excelled. A lot of folks in the press and talk radio were wondering how many games it would be before Robert got benched. Eventually Robert went out with a concussion.

      Kirk ended up being named the starter, not just for a few games but the season. The coach was not going to play musical QBs, like in 2014. Kirk was not bad in the first 5 games. He could have played better but then if he had played with the starters during OTAs and camp he would have had better timing. The last 10-11 games he was very good, especially in December. Whats the difference in the first and second half of the season? D Jackson, a reliable deep threat, something Crowder, Garcon, Roberts and Ross are not.

      So, they supported Robert and had an unspoken competition, so as to keep the press from stirring things up. Like it or not, Kirk is the guy and Robert will be hitting the bricks.

      • bangkokben - Feb 23, 2016 at 12:17 PM

        That’s fairly accurate. The only thing, I’d like to correct is that B. MItch made his comments before pre-season. He made them during the joint practice with Houston and the only reason they didn’t become front page news was because of the fight that broke out. Then, that was the story. That is also when the worm turned and the glowing reports of Griffin began to be tempered with “he really needed the time with Houston,” “may be still holding on to the ball too long” and “taking off running during practice.” C’mon man. Running at practice? There would be big cheers from the crowd in attendance as well.

      • Thetruthis - Feb 23, 2016 at 7:51 PM

        Like I said, Gruden LIED about the competition. He did not even tell the players about it. colt McCoy in a very hurt way said, no, I did not know we had an opportunity to compete for the starting job. Gruden made Colt and RG3 think they had roles which Gruden stayed up late and schemed (sending Kirk only to work out with Jon Gruden) THAT SUCKER IS SO SO SHADY. Gruden is a fraud and I assure you, you will all find this out.

        • John - Feb 23, 2016 at 10:40 PM

          Once again more conspiracy theories. Do you and the rest of team Robert also believe all the stories in the National Enquirer?

          Seriously? Gruden is the coach and he answers to Scot M and Bruce A, not a bunch of whiney fans.

          The coaches job lasts based on wins and losses. If he put in Robert and he stunk up the joint and they had another 2014, he would be gone. As such he had a QB competition. Did he have to tell everyone? No!

          After all was said and done it was decided that Kirk gave them the best chance to win. End of story.

          Now go get a tissue.

  12. berniebernard666 - Feb 23, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    regardless of whether Dan Snyder is the reason or plays any part in the longevity of Griffin on the Roster, I believe that right now we can all agree that the Drama continues…and will continue as long as Griffin is on the roster. I also believe we all agree that he should have been released long ago…especially after last weeks tweet.

    Can they please STOP with the damn drama. This franchise has an insane love with drama, turmoil, and chaos. Even the signing of Cousins has now become a DAYTIME SOAP OPERA DRAMA.. ESPN and the talking heads debate his signing every single day. Puleeeeeze Redskins….STOP with the DRAMA.

    RELEASE GRIFFIN…..FRANCHISE or SIGN COUSINS and let that be the end of the drama.

    • Thetruthis - Feb 23, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      That my friend is when your real drama is going to start!!!

  13. garg8050 - Feb 23, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    I can’t remember a more polarizing athlete in D.C. in my lifetime than Robert Griffin III…it really is amazing.

  14. mightyjester - Feb 23, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Gruden’s not a good liar? Didn’t he say he was going to come here and help Robert develop? Nope. It’s Kirky’s team now!

    • howie70 - Feb 23, 2016 at 12:51 PM

      I don’t know, did he say that? I wasn’t in on the negotiations or interview. Please enlighten us if you were.

      • mightyjester - Feb 23, 2016 at 12:56 PM

        Well that was obviously the deal since Robert was our starter and Gruden is a QB guru.

        • howie70 - Feb 23, 2016 at 1:11 PM

          Again, do you know for a fact that is what was said?
          I hope all the Robert cult members follow him to his new team and leave the Redskin fan boards alone.

    • goback2rfk - Feb 23, 2016 at 5:58 PM

      Gruden is a remarkable QB expert. Just look what he did with Cousins. Turned an INT machine into a playoff caliber QB. Gruden tried to work his magic with Griffin but Rob’s footwork and mechanics were so fuccked up that Jay could not help Rg3.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Feb 23, 2016 at 7:43 PM

        Gruden is a QB expert?

        You can easily suggest Cousins improvements started after Matt Cavanaugh arrived. Last season under Gruden’s direction all three quarterbacks struggled to show any development. Personally, I think Cousins always had it in him to improve and development because he is one smart individual. However, how much he can improve has always been the question IMO.

        • John - Feb 23, 2016 at 10:46 PM

          Were Gruden not hand holding McVeigh and running the rest of the team, he’d probably be able to do that but the head coach has to many responsibilities to be the QB coach, Offensive Coordinator, etc. This is why they brought in guys like Cavanaugh, Callahan, Fewell, etc., to lighten Grudens load.

  15. jake - Feb 23, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Seems like Jay is a better liar that you give him credit for. He did have eveyone believing Griffin would start last year. He also had everyone thinking we would be a running team. Also i dont see why Scott would care about answering questions about Robert,cuz we k.ow he can lie. Its exactly what he wants-one last chance to sell him. Onelast chance to con someone into making a deal,or planting that seed,so to say. Maybe he can generate enough interest to start a bidding war. I would bet that’s what he’s thinking.

    • Thetruthis - Feb 23, 2016 at 7:54 PM

      Preach!! You can’t fix these people. They admit to nothing!!!

  16. David guilfoyle - Feb 23, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    The head coach put them in that position. Need I say who should go? Archives

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