By ANIKA REED
Washington's football team finally said goodbye to quarterback Robert Griffin III after his meteoric rise and subsequent fall from grace with the team.
Following a 9-7 season and a loss in the Wild Card Playoff game to the Green Bay Packers, the 26-year-old Griffin's time in Washington is officially over after riding the bench for the majority of the season.
The release opens up $16.155 million of the team's salary cap, which will allow them to enhance their roster and give Griffin the chance to explore his options as a free agent.
Griffin began his professional career in Washington as a promising rookie quarterback, coming off of his 2011 Heisman trophy win. Griffin struggled through a variety of injuries that sidelined him for large portions of his time with Washington's football team.
The 2015 preseason saw yet another injury for Griffin, who Coach Jay Gruden replaced with Kirk Cousins as a starter early in the season.