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.
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.