The Cleveland Browns announced that they’ve officially released QB Robert Griffin III.
Griffin was due a $750,000 roster bonus on Saturday, so parting ways with him now makes plenty of sense, especially if they have no intention of giving him an opportunity to compete for the starting job next year.
Griffin, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Redskins back in 2012. He spent four years in Washington before signing a two-year, $15 million contract that includes $6.75 million guaranteed with the Browns back in March of last year.
RGIII was set to make a base salary of $6 million for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing RGIII will free up $6,984,375 of available cap space while creating $1.75 million in dead money.
In 2016, Griffin appeared in five games thrown for 886 yards while completing 59.2 percent his passes to go along with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s also added 190 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Browns.