Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III didn’t need more motivation to break from his recent past. But he certainly found more, as well as some symbolism, in Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the Grammys Monday night.
Tuesday morning, Griffin tweeted: Embrace your roots! Pick up your chains to break free! Griffin also included the hashtag #KnowYourWhy and #KendrickMadeMeDoIt.
Along with that, Griffin showed a picture of himself in the weight room using a machine that had chains. Lamar’s powerful performance to his song “The Blacker the Berry” included him being in chains with a prison backdrop.
For Griffin, the symbolism isn’t difficult: He’s continuing to work hard to emerge better after three tough seasons, including this past one where he did not take a snap and was active for only one game. He lost his starting job to Kirk Cousins in August and was the No. 3 quarterback all season. Griffin has tweeted out pictures in the past of him working out in the offseason.
And Griffin will get a chance to break free from Washington relatively soon. The Redskins are trying to see if any team is interested in trading for him. It would require Griffin to redo his $16.15 million option for 2016. No trade can be executed until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. March 9. The Redskins know this is a long shot. If there is no possibility of a deal, he’ll be released before that point and free to sign elsewhere. He then could try and prove the Redskins -- and other skeptics -- wrong for benching him and believing he wouldn’t develop.
As for embracing his roots: Two teams that could use quarterback help happen to be in Texas, where he spent part of his childhood. Dallas needs a backup and Houston needs anyone. Whether or not either team truly makes sense for Griffin or would want him, it would give him a chance to return to a state where he remains beloved.