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Redskins announce they have released QB Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

In this photo taken Aug. 20, 2015, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md. Griffin has tweeted what sounded a lot like a goodbye to fans of the Redskins. Griffin wrote Monday: “It was a blessing guys. I just want to say thank you.” (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Redskins have released Robert Griffin III, four years after trading a bevy of draft picks to take the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the No. 2 overall choice.

The NFC East champions announced the move Monday. They had made clear it was coming.

The Redskins had until Wednesday to part ways with Griffin and prevent his 2016 contract for about $16 million from becoming guaranteed.

Griffin becomes a free agent and can sign anywhere. NFL free agency begins Wednesday.

The release closes the book on Griffin’s tumultuous tenure in Washington, which included 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors but also injuries and clashes with coaches Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden.

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