According to Cole, the two quarterbacks don’t speak to each other and “can’t even be in the same room together” because of the tension that exists between them.
Cole mentions that this is just another reflection of RGIII‘s inability to get along with others on the team, as he has reportedly had issues with other players such as offensive linemen and coaching staff. Cole adds that Washington has taken all of this as further indication of RGIII’s lack of leadership and inability to become the starting quarterback.
Washington has made it clear that Cousins is their starting quarterback moving forward, and there’s no guarantee that RGIII would be given an opportunity if Cousins were to miss time with an injury.
The Redskins have kept Griffin inactive for both of their games to start the season, and recent reports have said that they’ve even been using him at safety with the scout team in practice.
There’s obviously more to the Redskins keeping RGIII as their No. 3 quarterback, after they picked up his fifth-year option that would cost them $16.2 million for the 2015 season.
As of now, this salary is not guaranteed and the Redskins can move on next year without issue. However, should he sustain an injury, it would become guaranteed.
With quarterbacks suffering injuries and others playing poorly, there has been speculation that someone could consider trading for him. While it’s clear that RGIII could use a change of scenery, it’s unlikely anyone would be willing to part with draft compensation in return for his contract.
Griffin, 25, is in the final year of his four-year, $21,119,098 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $3,269,877 for the 2015 season. Washington elected to pick up his fifth-year option worth $16.2 million several months ago.
In 2014, Griffin appeared in nine games and threw for 1,694 yards while completing 68.7 precent of his passes to go along with four touchdowns and six interceptions.