Washington Redskins Officially Release Robert Griffin III

By Staff  |  03/07/2016

Robert Griffin III

After the team admitted he wasn't in the plan for next season last month, the Washington Redskins have officially released Robert Griffin III.

The quarterback confirmed the news in an Instagram post, before the team made the announcement shortly after.

"It was a blessing guys. After 4 years, my days as a part of this team have come to an end. I just want to take the time to say thank you #SkinsNation," RG3 wrote on IG.

It was a blessing guys. After 4 years, my days as a part of this team have come to an end. I just want to take the time to say thank you #SkinsNation. Thank you for welcoming my family with open arms in 2012. You guys made it truly an honor to play for you and I couldn't imagine starting my career anywhere else. Thank you to Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, all the Skins coaches, training staff, equipment managers and everyone in the organization for giving me an opportunity to play this beautiful game at the highest level here in Washington. A special thanks to front desk extraordinaire B.J. Blanchard, who always has a smile on her face and is the plug for chocolate chips cookies. Thank you to my teammates for all the memories & relationships over the past 4 years. You guys have helped thru all the ups and downs over the years and have become a part of my family for life. I wish you all the best and you always have a brother to lean on. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Although my time here is over, I'm excited about what the future brings!!! I look forward to finding the team where God has me to be and growing with that team on the way to World Championships. God Bless #ThankYou

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RG3 was the 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year and was once considered the face of the franchise, but after a pair of injury-plagued seasons and struggles, the Skins have moved on.

He set an NFL record for rookies with a 102.4 passer rating, and threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and and ran for another 815 yards in his rookie season. He also led them to seven straight victories en route to an NFC East title.

If Washington kept him on the roster after March 9, his $16.15 million for 2016 would have counted against the team's salary cap. By releasing him now, the team avoids having any of that money count toward the cap.