The trade rumors are heating up for Robert Griffin III, who was once thought to be the Washington Redskins franchise quarterback but is now struggling to keep the starting position.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that Griffin will be benched on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in favor of Colt McCoy, who is 1-0 as a starter.
But another source emphasized to Schefter that Griffin is a big part of the Redskins’ long term plans, and that management believes coach Jay Gruden can work with Griffin more over the offseason.
On the other hand, Jason Reid of the Washington Post says that the team has decided to trade Griffin, leading to fans wondering what Griffin would fetch if he was traded.
It’s safe to say that it will be nowhere near the three first-round picks and two second-round picks that the team gave up to acquire the QB.
Albert Breer of NFL.com said that he’s spoken with “a number of decision-makers” around the league about Griffin’s trade value.
“Consensus: mid-round pick; a 3 and change on the high end,” he said.
But an AFC executive added: “Beauty’s in the eye of beholder. I’m sure on high end the (Redskins) ask for a 2 and settle for a 3, maybe a 4th.”
One possible destination is NFC East rival Dallas, whose owner Jerry Jones remains a fan of Griffin.
“Well, I’m a fan of RGIII. Right on this field two years ago, or maybe it was three seasons ago, he put on a show and had a game that just floored me. And they won, and they won in large part because of his play at quarterback. I thought ‘my goodness, and we’re going to have to be playing this guy for years and years.’ And so he’s got it,” Jones told NFL.com.
“Once you see a player do it, especially if you see him do it two or three times, you know he can do it. And of course he’s a driven young man. I’m a big admirer of RGIII.”