Griffin, 25, was selected by the Redskins with the second pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The Redskins worked hard to ensure they could pick Griffin— trading three first-round picks and a second-rounder to move up in the draft to select him. But after two seasons with mixed results, he was benched in 2014 while also dealing with an ankle injury.
He did not appear in any game for the Redskins in 2015.
The Heisman Trophy award winner broke out with Washington in 2012, when he threw 20 touchdowns and rushed for 815 yards en route to being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. He added another 16 touchdowns and threw for 3,202 yards in his sophomore campaign before the injuries derailed his career.
The note–encouraging forgiveness and a positive attitude—had been up in his locker all season but was the only personal item left behind.
Griffin is owed $16.2 million for next season, but Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports he is likely to be released by the team.
- Christopher Chavez