The Redskins will come to a major decision point regarding Robert Griffin III next May. He has the 2015 season remaining on his contract. After that, the team has an option to pick up a fifth year at a salary that would be roughly $15 million. That 2016 option would be guaranteed for injury only.
Sunday morning the notion that the Redskins would not exercise that option was out of the question. Even if he struggled in evolving into a pocket passer as coach Jay Gruden envisions, they would give the player they spent three first-round picks and a second to acquire another couple of years to get it right.
But the nature of the injury to Griffin will undoubtedly gives them pause when it comes to committing to that $15 million option. If your ankle gets dislocated in a pile of bodies or when a player falls on it, that’s one thing. But an injury like that sustained with minimal contact is cause for concern.
Griffin could be out as little as 4-5 weeks according to reports. If that's the case, the team will have a decision to make even sooner. If Cousins plays well in any amount of time he's the starter, will the team give RGIII the job back when he's healthy? Chances are if Cousins plays well the team will slow down Griffin's recovery process to avoid that decision. While this piece is just one opinion, it's a good point about Griffin's injury coming without contact. And, it makes you wonder if Griffin has already played his last game in Washington. For now, from a fantasy perspective, Cousins is a nice pickup with a very good matchup against the Eagles in Week 3...