Redskins Keep Robert Griffin III As Back-Up QB

Robert Griffin III

With Robert Griffin III's starting position being taken away, in favor of Kirk Cousins, the fourth year QB's future has been in question.

There was speculation over whether he'd be released or traded... but the Redskins have decided to keep him as their backup, reports ESPN.

Cousins was named Washington's starting quarterback earlier this week, but Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and president Bruce Allen want to keep RG3.

Griffin has been sidelined since Aug. 20 with a concussion, and was scheduled to consult with an independent neurologist Friday (September 4). The team is still awaiting the results.

He's a financial liability to the team, as his $6.7 million will count toward the Redskins' salary cap. Washington did enter the weekend with $12.5 million of space available. However, should Griffin suffer an injury that extends into the 2016 season, his $16.1 million salary for next season is guaranteed. Still, the team's total cap at quarterback is $8.9 million is 36.27 percent below the league average, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Aside from the financial risk, the other problem would be that RG3 becomes a high-priced distraction as a backup.

"Moving forward, when you're the starting quarterback, it's your job to keep that job," coach Jay Gruden said of Cousins. "You can't let that outside noise influence you as a player. If there's an incompletion or interception, I'm sure there could be some chatter about putting Robert in. We're not worried about that."