Now that a backslidingRobert Griffin III has been benched by a second coach in favor of a second quarterback, it no longer seems hyperbolic to suggest the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year's career was placed in jeopardy by the Washington Redskins in a wild-card matchup with the Seattle Seahawkstwo years ago.
Griffin is set to earn a reasonable $3.27 million in the final year of his rookie contract, with a decision on his 2016 option due by May 3.
After speaking with several league executives, NFL Media's Albert Breer sets Griffin's trade value at a conditional mid-round draft pick that can be upgraded pending a career turnaround.
"He's a car that's been driven off the lot; also, the dynamics of his contract drive his price down," one NFC general manager told Breer. "The biggest keys -- QBs go for more than other positions, and his contract is ticking down to the last year, unless a team wants to pick up that option."
An AFC executive added: "On the high end, the team asks for a two and settles for a third or maybe a fourth."
That's a far cry from the price the Redskins paid when they sold everything but their souls for the right to draft Griffin in 2012.