The End Of An Era

Sean Clary, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016.  The Washington Redskins released quarterback, Robert Griffin III, his career in Washington was nothing short of a rollercoaster of emotions from winning rookie of the year and leading the team to the playoffs in his rookie year to being statistically one of the worst quarterbacks in the league in 2013-2014.  The quarterback tore his ACL during a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks which many people believe caused the downfall of RGIII’s Redskins career.  Griffin will be missed in the DC area after he gave Redskins fans a sign of hope and a new look at Dan Snyder’s drama-filled franchise.

Although Griffin will steal the spotlight of ex-Redskin free agents this offseason, the player that deserves the most attention is running back Alfred Morris.  Morris posted four great seasons with the Redskins after being picked in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft, the same year as Griffin.  Morris was a two time All-Pro during his career here and rushed for a total of 4,713 yards in only four seasons.  Not only is Morris a great football player on the field, he is a class act who treats fans with respect and acknowledges them as fans acknowledge players.  Morris is an interesting character as he still drives his 1991 Mazda 626 even after earning millions of dollars on an NFL salary.  Morris is not guaranteed to leave the Redskins but odds are that he will find a better opportunity somewhere else.  Wherever Morris goes next year, Redskins fans will never forget the outstanding four seasons he had in DC.

The Redskins also released all-pro defensive end, Jason Hatcher, and Fullback, Darrel Young.  Hatcher signed with the team in 2014  after playing eight seasons with the rival, Dallas Cowboys.  Hatcher played an extremely important role for the Skins during the 2015-2016 playoff run.  Young has been considered as one of the best fullbacks in the game over the last couple of seasons.  Although Young may not be a star player on the field he will be missed for his ability to protect the passer and punch in short yardage situations.

As we all know, nothing lasts forever, but these four players have certainly left a positive mark on the Redskins franchise.  None of these four free-agents have officially found another home but no matter where they are headed in their careers, they will always be remembered for their time as Washington Redskins.