New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan told reporters on Tuesday that they are still in the process of determining whether or not to pick up QB Robert Griffin III’s fifth-year option in the coming months.
“We’ve had some early discussion on it,” McCloughan said, via Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com. “We’re still talking it through.”
This is probably the toughest call of all the first-round picks from the 2012 NFL Draft, seeing as the fifth-year option for RGII would cost them average of the top-10 quarterback salaries.
However, fifth-year options are guaranteed for injury only, which means they could still move on from him next year, as long as they do so before the first day of the 2016 league year.
Griffin, 25, has one year remaining on his four-year, $21,119,098 rookie contract, which includes a base salary of $3,269,877 for the 2015 season.
In 2014, RGIII appeared in just nine games for the Redskins and threw for 1,694 yards while completing 68.7 percent of his passes to go along with four touchdowns and six interceptions. He added another 176 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Pro Football Focus has him rated as the N0. 33 quarterback out of 39 qualifying players.