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Redskins Pick Up Robert Griffin III’s 2016 Option

The Washington Redskins have elected to pick up the fifth-year option in quarterback Robert Griffin III’s contract. That option keeps Griffin under contract for the 2016 season at $16.1 million, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

The $16.1 million is guaranteed for injury only. It does not prevent Washington from releasing Griffin after this season if they choose.

“He’s a good football player,” Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan told reporters on Monday. “He’s got the tape out there. Everyone knows what he did in [2012] when he was offensive rookie of the year. This offseason will be his second in the system, being healthy, being able to go through the offseason.”

Washington hopes Griffin can return to his rookie form, when he took the league by storm. Injuries and inconsistency has plagued the young quarterback ever since. On the field, turnovers are certainly an issue for the former Baylor Bear.

In nine games last season, Griffin completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,694 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 176 yards and a touchdown while fumbling four times.

The next season or two are pivotal for the future of Griffin in the NFL. He may get one last chance to be a starter in 2015, but his leash will be short.

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