Cole mentions that the front office “very strong belief” that RGIII is still their long-term solution at quarterback. Owner Dan Snyder reportedly wants to give Griffin every possible chance to succeed in Washington.
Cole adds that the front office hasn’t not specifically told the coaching to keep playing RGIII, even if he struggles, but there is obvious pressure to give him every opportunity.
The remainder of the 2014 season is obviously critical for Griffin’s future with the team, but especially when you consider that they will have to make a decision to pick up his fifth-year option that will be worth around $15 million or so. It’s worth mentioning that this figure is not guaranteed, so even if the Redskins were to pick it up, they could always move on without him if they change their mind.
Cole believes the Redskins and even HC Jay Gruden want to make sure that RGIII remains on the field for the rest of the 2014 season.
Griffin, 24, is in the third 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.
He’s coming off of another underwhelming performance against the 49ers in which he completed 11-of-19 passes for 106 yards. On the season, RGII has thrown for 869 yards while completing 69.7 percent of his passes to go along with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
It’s clear that we’ll be hearing much more about this topic over the next six weeks.