Robert Griffin III one step closer to being released by Redskins

The Redskins are one day closer to closing the book on the Robert Griffin III era. The second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft has passed his exit physical, according to's Albert Breer, which means that nothing has changed in terms of RG3's future. Namely, he will be released in the coming weeks (or, perhaps, days) and he'll be free to sign with any of the 31 other teams.

Griffin's next landing spot will be a topic of conversation right up until he ends up there. The Cowboys remain the early favorite, if for no other reason than owner and general manager Jerry Jones hasn't hidden the fact that he's a huge Griffin supporter.

"I'm a fan of RG3," Jones said in November 2014. "Right on this [Dallas] field two years ago, or maybe it was three seasons ago, he put on a show and had a great game that just floored me. And [the Redskins] won -- and they won in large part because of his play at quarterback. I thought, 'My goodness, we're going to have to be playing this guy for years and years.' So he's got it. Once you see a player do it, especially if you see him do it two or three times, you know he can do it. And of course he's a driven young man. I'm a big admirer of RG3."

Jones has also professed his love for Johnny Manziel, but with Manziel's NFL future as uncertain as ever, Griffin would appear to move to the front of the line of young quarterbacks Jones could target in free agency.

And the feeling appears to be mutual; a report last month from Yahoo Sports indicated that Dallas is atop Griffin's "preferred destinations should he become available."

Could Jason Garrett and RG3 be on the same team next season? (USATSI)
Could Jason Garrett and RG3 be on the same team next season? (USATSI)

Meanwhile, plenty of people are all in on the RG3-to-Dallas talk.

Former Cowboys running back Hershel Walker went on record last October asking the Redskins to send RG3 to the Cowboys. And Griffin's coach at Baylor, Art Briles, said several weeks ago that Dallas "would be a great place for him." Around that time, Cowboys great and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman told, "I believe as I sit here today that either Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III will be in Dallas as a backup [next year]."

And now that the Redskins have given Griffin a clean bill of health, all that's left is the waiting.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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