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Robert Griffin III: DeSean Jackson is not getting No. 10

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsDeSean Jackson is going to have to find a new number with the Washington Redskins. The 2013 Pro Bowler wore No. 10 during his six seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but that number is currently taken by a fairly important player in Washington. Some of you may know him as RG3.

In his introductory press conference with his new team, Jackson told reporters that it had not yet been determined who would wear No. 10 for the Redskins next season. That sparked a bunch of unnecessary speculation that Robert Griffin III put to rest.

Players work out deals to exchange jersey numbers all the time. Eric Decker recently had to take one of his new teammates to a nice dinner and pay him a huge chunk of cash for No. 87. Jackson may be able to talk another player into giving up his second-favorite number, but he’s not getting 10. RG3 is supposed to be the face of the franchise. Faces of the franchise typically don’t change jersey numbers.

H/T Pro Football Talk

DeSean Jackson reportedly met with Robert Griffin III before Redskins visit

desean-jacksonThe Washington Redskins are considered a serious contender to sign DeSean Jackson. They are one of a number of teams who have expressed interest in the 27-year-old wide receiver since he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, and we all know Daniel Snyder is never afraid to spend money. In fact, he may have even sent Robert Griffin III to do a little recruiting.

TMZ Sports is reporting that Jackson and RG3 hung out in Los Angeles over the weekend for “several hours” and that things went well. Jackson was scheduled to visit the Redskins on Monday.

According to ESPN Radio 980′s Chris Russell, Jackson does not intend to settle for a team-friendly deal in the wake of a troubling report about his alleged link to members of a gang. Jackson, a 2013 Pro Bowler, was scheduled to make $10.5 million with the Eagles in 2013 prior to his release. He is reportedly looking for an average annual value of $9 million to $10 million on the open market.

Again, Snyder is not afraid to spend. The Redskins have just under $7 million in cap space heading into 2014, whereas other potential Jackson suitors like the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders have roughly $14 million. That said, money won’t be the reason Washington misses out on Jackson. If they want him bad enough, they’ll find a way to make it work.

Robert Griffin III responds to wedding invitation with autograph

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Sending wedding invitations to your favorite NFL player seems to be a new fad that is sweeping the nation, and I’m sure the bride and groom never hear back in most situations. Such was not the case with Washington Redskin fan Zach Curley, who recently sent a wedding invitation to Robert Griffin III and his wife Rebecca.

Griffin responded to the invite the same way Peyton Manning responded to one back in December, only RG3 took it a step further. He signed the invitation itself and sent an autographed trading card as well.

“Shocked,” Curley told DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg when asked how he reacted. “Just that somebody as big as RGIII would take the time, right away, to write something back — I thought that was really cool. Obviously I’ll be a Redskins fan all my life, but he will be my favorite player from now on, until the end of time.”

We all know RG3 had a horrible 2013 season and was on the receiving end of a lot of negative publicity. Curley is hoping to alleviate some of that by sharing Griffin’s wedding response.

“It’s been a crappy year for the whole team, obviously, but he kind of got a bad rap,” he said. “It seems like he’s just had a lot of bad press lately, and nothing’s been going anybody’s way around the Redskins. So the fact that he’s had a bad few months, and that he could still respond back to somebody he doesn’t know and will never meet, that was really special and means a lot to me.”

Fans also sent RG3 and his wife wedding gifts from their public wedding registry back in May, and the couple took the time to respond to each person with a thank you note. Kudos to Griffin for the nice gesture.

Robert Griffin III reportedly bragged to teammates about his influence over Dan Snyder

Robert Griffin IIIHas Robert Griffin III gone from league darling to entitled diva? It would appear that is the case, especially if you believe all the recent reports about RG3, and the words of Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins.

Jenkins obliterated Griffin in a column published on Monday. In the column, Jenkins cites RG3′s “egotism,” calls him a “boy emperor,” and says the second-year quarterback bragged to teammates about his influence over Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

Jenkins described Griffin as a “boy emperor who believes he can dictate everything from the play-calling to what’s served at training table,” and said the “tip of his egotism” was getting the offense altered to suit him.

Here’s a sampling of her words:

Behind closed doors, Griffin had fierce finger-pointing tensions with his wide receivers, and he bragged to teammates that he could procure favors from the owner and influence the franchise’s direction.

According to Jenkins, RG3′s status as the boss’ favorite partly resulted in his lack of accountability for the Redskins’ poor season.

[Related: Santana Moss says RG3 needs to take more responsibility]

I’m sure many people will view this as an unfair column by Jenkins, but I don’t. Beginning in the offseason, Griffin came across as a spoiled brat. He constantly disagreed with coach Mike Shanahan over his recovery/rehab and made that issue much worse than it should have been. He really undermined his coach, and it sounds like we know the reason — he felt empowered by Snyder. Jenkins also indicates that the report that Griffin didn’t want negative plays about him shown during team film sessions is accurate.

I still think RG3 is a good player, but he has not handled himself well in the past handful of months and really needs to be humbled. It remains to be seen whether he’ll change his ways in the future, but this also explains why Washington may have some serious difficulty finding their next coach.

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Robert Griffin III’s wife Rebecca did not want to be on national TV (GIF)

Robert Griffin III attended the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday to watch his alma mater Baylor face UCF. His wife, Rebecca, is also a Baylor alum and accompanied him to the game. But when RG3 was shown on TV by ESPN, she wanted no part of the shot. Becca didn’t even look at the camera, and she left her husband hanging as she exited stage right. All RG3 could do was laugh.

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Griffin and his wife got married over the summer. Here are some pictures from their wedding.

GIF via @corkgaines

Robert Griffin III’s dad reportedly pushing Redskins to hire Art Briles

Robert Griffin knee braceRobert Griffin III’s father is an interfering factor in Washington and even trying to get the team to hire Art Briles as head coach, according to a report.

Jason Cole writing at Bleacher Report reported some of the issues going on with the Redskins. He says RG3′s stubbornness has hindered his ability to receive coaching. Cole also says Griffin’s father has been a problem.

From Cole’s report:

In addition, Griffin’s father has increasingly become the kind of nuisance that some people warned NFL executives about before the 2012 draft. In recent weeks, according to two sources close to the situation, the elder Griffin has politicked Snyder to hire Baylor coach Art Briles, who coached the younger Griffin to a Heisman Trophy, to replace Shanahan.

This is not too surprising considering we shared a report recently saying that the Redskins were expected to pursue Briles once Mike Shanahan is done as the team’s coach. It sure sounds like Robert Griffin Jr. supports that move.

Cole also says “multiple team sources said they believe the father’s influence and interference have made this season more difficult.”

That explains why it was such a big deal that Griffin’s father was in the locker room after a game a few weeks ago.

In addition to the problems with Griffin’s father, Cole says the relationship between RG3 and team owner Daniel Snyder has undermined Shanahan’s ability to coach Griffin. Snyder loves RG3, which has empowered the quarterback and supposedly made it difficult for him to accept coaching. We’ve been hearing that notion for several weeks. Coaches have reportedly tried working with Griffin on his footwork, but he has supposedly been dismissive of this advice and instruction. In other words, Griffin became so big after his rookie season that he is not really open to coaching.

Sure, it’s easy for everyone to dump on Griffin now that he and his team are struggling, but maybe he needs to be reminded that he’s not a star yet and that he still has a lot of work to do. Until he can accept that, it will be difficult for him to reach his full potential as a player.

Michael Irvin pulls the race card over Robert Griffin III benching

Robert-Griffin-RedskinsThere has been no shortage of controversy surrounding Mike Shanahan’s decision to bench Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season. Between speculation that Shanahan is intentionally trying to get himself fired and reports that RG3 is furious, the situation has turned into a full-blown circus. And now, Michael Irvin has attempted to introduce the race element.

During halftime of Thursday Night Football, Irvin and the rest of the NFL Network panel discussed the mess in Washington. Deion Sanders said he thought RG3 “needed a little humble pie.” Irvin basically said the Redskins wouldn’t be handling the situation the same way if they had a white quarterback.

“You are tearing him down,” Irvin ranted, via Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. “I doubt that any man can come back from this, walking around three weeks around these guys that you have to lead. And I don’t want to hear about teammates either; we understand as teammates and players, quarterbacks do get special treatment.

“You don’t see people arguing when Peyton Manning or Tom Brady gets (special treatment) — I don’t want you arguing when this kid gets it. He’s the quarterback, and the rest of us brothers have to understand that and treat him as such. I’ve got an issue with all of it. … You think they could do this to Andrew Luck? Let me ask you that, you think they could do this to Luck?”

First of all, comparing RG3 to Peyton Manning or Tom Brady is so absurd we don’t even need to bother getting into detail over it. Brady and Manning receive “special treatment” because they’re Super Bowl MVPs, league MVPs, and future Hall of Famers.

Moreover, I refuse to believe that Shanahan’s decision to bench Griffin has anything to do with the color of RG3′s skin. Would the Redskins do the same to Luck if he was their quarterback, had played horribly, had a 3-10 record this season and was coming off his second reconstructive knee surgery? Yeah, I think they probably would.