Apart from the retirement of Peyton Manning, another of the NFL’s worst kept secrets was finally announced today. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Robert Griffin III was released from the Washington Redskins franchise, making him a free agent. RGIII came into the league as one of the 2012 Draft’s hottest prospects. The Redskins, desperately needing a quarterback, mortgaged the franchise on him. They traded their first round picks in 2013 and 2014 to the St Louis Rams for the second pick of the ’12 Draft, getting their guy after the Colts picked up Andrew Luck. Griffin started slowly in 2012, going 3-6 in the first nine weeks of the season. However, during the bye week, he was named one of the team captains and led the Redskins to a seven game winning streak, culminating in a 28-18 victory on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys in the final week of the season to finish 10-6 and win the NFC East. However, whilst on this winning run, RGIII suffered a sprain in his right knee, causing him to sit out the fourth quarter and subsequent overtime victory over the Ravens, and the game v the Browns. However, it was in the NFC Wildcard Game against the Seahawks, that the damage was done. Despite not being cleared to play by Dr James Andrews, Griffin did, and suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. He fumbled, and Washington lost the game 24-14. Once having his injury repaired, hopes were high for RGIII in 2013. But injuries hampered him, as it did in 2014, and he failed to live up to the expectations set in his rookie season. Kirk Cousins took over the keys to the offense in 2015, and the rest, they say is history. RGIII left his teammates a note after the Wildcard loss to the Packers, and has now left the franchise. As a Redskins fan, I will never forget watching Griffin play in his first ever home game live in Washington. The noise, the colour, the sense of expectation. It was unreal. I will also never forget the 2012 season, when he and Alfred Morris made it cool to be a Redskins fan again. I am sorry that it didn’t work out for him, and I’m sure there will be a few teams enquiring for his services during free agency. However, this is shows yet again that you don’t have to pick up a QB in the first round of the draft. Sometimes, the guy who falls way back, in this case Cousins, is the guy you will rely on.