2. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, 25 years old
The Washington Redskins traded pretty much everything they could to move up and take RG3 second overall in 2012 and they looked to be brilliant for the move after one season. Griffin led the team to a 9-6 record during his 15 starts and a playoff berth after winning the NFC East.
He was a true dual-threat quarterback who went for 3,200 yards passing with 20 touchdowns and only five picks. He coupled that with 815 yards on the ground and seven more touchdowns.
Then, the wheels fell off. Griffin started to be seen as entitled and “protected” by the owner. A spat with coach Mike Shanahan sent the Super Bowl winning coach packing and in cam Jay Gruden, who also wasn’t a fan of RG3.
Griffin eventually lost the job to Kirk Cousins, who was picked in the fourth round of the same 2012 NFL Draft as Griffin. Now Cousins looks to be the answer for Washington, while Griffin looks to be on the way out.
No question the kid is talented, far beyond anything the Texans have had recently. But, can they get results from the former Baylor star, or will his perceived negative attitude and entitlement do him in?
The Texans may be able to find out on the cheap, as the reputation RG3 has earned will force him to lose out on the $16 million that is guaranteed for 2016. Maybe being chased out of town and losing out on that kind of payday will be the wake up call he needs.
For Houston, if he does return to his 2012 form, they can get a huge steal. If he stays true to his post-2012 form…is it really worse than what the team put on the field to play the Chiefs in the playoffs?
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