Robert Griffin III Blames Intern for Liking Instagram Post Ripping Redskins

Robert Griffin III Blames Intern for Liking Instagram Post Ripping Redskins

Quarterback denies criticizing team after losing starting job to Kirk Cousins.

Published September 1, 2015

It's spiraling out of control at this point for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.

Engulfed in trade rumors, RGIII hasn't publicly addressed losing Washington's starting quarterback job to backup Kirk Cousins yet, but did take to his social media Monday night to deny liking an Instagram post that ripped the team.

Attempting to explain, Griffin said the like came from an intern who helps with his Instagram account.

Griffin's post came after the Redskins named Cousins their starting QB earlier in the day and reports surfaced Sunday about high-ranking team officials wanting to trade RGIII, but ownership prevented that from happening.

Griffin has been sidelined with a concussion he suffered two weeks ago. Despite reports, Redskins coach Jay Gruden vows that the embattled QB is a part of the team's future plans.

"His future is with the Washington Redskins," Gruden said. "There have been no discussions about letting him go or doing any of that stuff."

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Gruden added that he's not sure as of yet about whether Griffin would be the No. 2 quarterback or slip to No. 3, behind Colt McCoy, on the depth charts. It has been a continued free fall from grace for Griffin, who was the NFL's 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year with as much promise as any bright young star in the league. Griffin has missed 10 games the past two years due to injury.

Releasing Griffin would count $6.7 million against the Redskins' salary cap. Even if team owner Daniel Snyder allows the quarterback to be traded, it will be difficult to pull off because of the Redskins' $16.2 million option that they picked up for 2016. RGIII renegotiating that option could facilitate a trade, though.

The Redskins play their final preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday before opening their 2015 season at home against the Miami Dolphins on September 13.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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