Editor's note: This story was originally published on Feb. 10 and has been updated to reflect that the Redskins released RG III on Monday.
Last offseason, before the Washington Redskins named Kirk Cousins their starting quarterback, 35 NFL coaches and personnel evaluators graded projected starters for our annual Quarterback Tier Rankings survey. Robert Griffin III ranked fifth from the bottom at No. 28. Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, Matt Cassel and Geno Smith were the only projected starters listed below him.
Could the reality be as bad as the perception for a player who dazzled the NFL as a rookie during the 2012 season? The market will answer that question now that the Redskins have released Griffin.
Griffin could benefit from a change of scenery, but many within the league believe that a new mindset is what he has needed the most. A personnel director said last offseason he thought Griffin was starting to show positive signs on that front.
"We have seen a little more humility out of him, and hopefully that translates to his preparation and his play," this director said. "He has to rethink and reframe how he plays."
Putting together a short list of "fits" for Griffin must account for the reality that NFL teams think Griffin has more name than game at this point. Some of the teams listed below might show no interest at all, but as the price for Griffin drops, upside can begin to outweigh risks.