Report: Robert Griffin III wants to play for Cowboys if Redskins cut him

The Cowboys' backup quarterback situation was basically a nightmare in 2015. After Tony Romo went down with a broken collarbone, Brandon Weeden, Kellen Moore and Matt Cassel combined to go 1-11.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has spent years looking for a capable backup -- and a potential replacement for Romo -- but he's found nothing. That could change this offseason, because two former first-round picks really want to play for the Cowboys in 2016.

Not only is Johnny Manziel hoping to end up in Dallas for the 2016 season, but so is Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. According to Yahoo Sports, Dallas is atop Griffin's "preferred destinations should he become available," and Griffin is almost definitely going to become available.

If the Redskins were to cut Griffin this offseason, it would cost them exactly zero dollars in salary cap space.

The only thing that could possibly throw a wrench into things is if RG3 were to somehow get injured during the playoffs. When the Redskins exercised his fifth-year option, that guaranteed his 2016 salary of $16.155 million for injury only, so basically, the Redskins would only owe RG3 that money if he were to be injured in a football-related activity.

Assuming that doesn't happen, there's a good chance RG3 will be available soon.

Although Jones has spent a lot of time over the past three years talking about Manziel, he also likes Griffin, who was the second-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

"I'm a fan of RG3," Jones told NFL Network in November 2014, via Yahoo. "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."

The game Jones is referring to was a 38-31 Redskins win in 2012, when Griffin threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns.

The Redskins closed the 2015 season in Dallas on Sunday and Griffin made sure to say "Hi" to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett after Washington's 34-23 win.

Is RG3 talking to his future coach? (USATSI)
Is RG3 talking to his future coach? (USATSI)

If Jones has to pick between Griffin or Manziel, that won't be an easy choice, but you have to think that RG3 is the safer pick because he comes with slightly less baggage.

After he was benched by Redskins coach Jay Gruden, Griffin could've been a horrible teammate and pouted, but instead, he quietly sat on the sidelines and watched Kirk Cousins lead the Redskins to the playoffs. Then you have Manziel, who flies to Vegas and parties until 3 a.m. while wearing a wig when he's supposed to be in Cleveland meeting with the Browns medical staff.

Jones would make a splash by adding either one of these guys, and Jones loves to make splashes. Jones also loves to make money, so another thing that might sell him on RG3 is the fact that he officially knows there's a market for RG3 jerseys in Dallas.

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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