5 Potential Landing Spots for Robert Griffin III in 2016

Washington Redskins have said they will cut ties with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft

On Tuesday, Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen finally said something that everyone has known for a while — quarterback Robert Griffin III will not be back with the team next season. 

 

Allen was on "The Dan Sileo Show" on The Mighty 1090 on Tuesday and said the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year will play elsewhere in 2016 and, as a free agent, Griffin will a say in regards to his next team.

 

"I see Robert getting an opportunity with another team," Allen said. "We've heard from some teams that are interested. I think he's going to have a choice of a couple teams that will let him excel in the future."

 

Washington has until March 9 to cut Griffin and there could be no less than a handful of teams that could target the former Heisman Trophy winner.

 

Here are five teams that could be in the running for RG3's services:

 

Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has long been an admirer of Griffin, dating back to his playing days at Baylor. The team is in a desperate need of a backup quarterback as the Cowboys struggled once starter Tony Romo went down with a collarbone injury. 

 

Griffin could return to the state where he had a ton of success in college while learning under Romo for a few seasons. Romo will turn 36 in April, so the team could see if Griffin could be the future signal-caller at a bargain price. 

 

ESPN's Ed Werder reported on Monday that the Cowboys' coaching staff doesn't see Griffin as a fit in head coach Jason Garrett's offense. However, until Griffin signs with another team, the Cowboys will remain a possibility. 

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Last year's starter Sam Bradford was streaky at times and he is an unrestricted free agent. New head coach Doug Pederson is looking for quarterback depth and signing Griffin could be an intriguing possibility. 

 

Mark Sanchez is the only veteran quarterback currently on the Eagles roster and he isn't even a sure bet to return as he could be a cap casualty. Philadelphia is likely to take a quarterback at some point in the upcoming draft, but maybe the team could take a flyer on Griffin.

 

Denver Broncos

With Peyton Manning potentially riding off into the sunset and Brock Osweiler an unrestricted free agent, Griffin would be a good fit in Denver. Even if the reigning Super Bowl champions re-sign Osweiler, it wouldn't be the worst thing to bring Griffin in as a backup. 

 

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak runs a similar offense as Griffin's former head coach in Washington, Mike Shanahan. Maybe Kubiak could get Griffin close to the form he was in his rookie year when he threw for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions while also making plays with his legs (815 yards rushing, 7 TDs). 

 

Houston Texans

The Houston Texans figure to select a quarterback at some point during this year's draft. But head coach Bill O'Brien is an excellent quarterbacks coach and also could make a run at Griffin.

Brian Hoyer showed he is not the long-term solution for the Texans after he threw four interceptions and recorded a 15.9 quarterback rating in the Texans' 30-0 wild card loss against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. 

Bringing Griffin in would make perfect sense, even if the team took a quarterback fairly early in the draft. 

 

Cleveland Browns

With the Cleveland Browns set to move on from Johnny Manizel after the beginning of the new league year on March 9, the team will need to address its quarterback situation. Sure veteran Josh McCown is still on the roster, but there's no guarantee new head coach Hue Jackson will keep him on the Browns' roster. 

 

Cleveland may decide to give Griffin a chance to start over. Jackson is an amazing quarterbacks coach and he did a fantastic job with Jason Campbell in Oakland (see 2010, '11) and he turned Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton into one of the better signal-callers in the NFL this past season. 

 

With the Browns' carousel of quarterbacks since returning to the NFL in 1999, it is possible Griffin could be the next to take a spin in the Dawg Pound. 

 

— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, Pro Player Insiders and is a reporter for Sports Talk Florida. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.

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