Monday's roundup: Washington parts ways with Griffin

Howard Fendrich
Associated Press

Washington — In the end, Robert Griffin III was just another name on a list, one of four players released by the Washington on Monday to create salary-cap space.

The move, expected for some time, brings an end to the quarterback’s sudden-rise-and-stunning-fall saga with a team that traded a bevy of draft picks to acquire him — and now receives nothing in return as he departs.

The move gets Griffin’s 2016 contract, worth about $16 million, off the payroll before Wednesday, when the new league year begins and free agents can be signed.

It also closes the book on RG3’s tumultuous tenure in Washington. He arrived as a Heisman Trophy winner and the No. 2 overall choice in the 2012 NFL draft — a pick that came from the Rams at the high price of three first-round selections plus a second-rounder — and immediately became a star and national sensation. He leaves having spent all of last season on the sideline, never allowed to take so much as a single snap during a game.

As a free agent, he can sign anywhere.

In a lengthy posting on Instagram, Griffin wrote: “Although my time here is over, I’m excited about what the future brings!!!! I look forward to finding the team where God has me to be and growing with that team on the way to World Championships.”

The NFC East champions also released safeties Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson, and defensive end Jason Hatcher, part of a busy day that removes nearly $30 million from Washington’s spending toward the cap and brings the team below the ceiling. In addition, fullback Darrel Young and nose tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton indicated on Twitter that they would not be brought back.

Training day

Falcons said secondary coach Marquand Manuel and the rest of the staff received social training from a counselor after the coach asked the inappropriate question “Do you like men” to Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple during the NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said there was additional training for Manuel, who issued an apology to Apple and Falcons owner Arthur Blank, among others.

Colts dump QB

One week after 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck said goodbye to fans in a Twitter post, the Colts released his presumed successor, Josh Freeman.

The move leaves only two quarterbacks, starter Andrew Luck and untested Stephen Morris, on Indy’s roster.

Team officials did not say why the move was made.

Extra points

The Vikings have re-signed strong safety Andrew Sendejo to a four-year contract, keeping him in the mix at a position that has been unsettled for several seasons. The team also re-signed their exclusive rights free agents, wide receiver Adam Thielen and offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, and placed a contract tender on restricted free agent fullback Zach Line.

... The Bengals signed third-year center T.J. Johnson, keeping their only restricted free agent under contract

... Jaguars defensive end Ryan Davis has signed his one-year tender offer.