Robert Griffin III’s time as the Washington NFL franchise’s starting quarterback is over, and his days in the city are likely numbered.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md., Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After Griffin was benched in favor of Kirk Cousins, and subsequently demoted to third on Washington’s depth chart behind Cousins and backup Colt McCoy, the Griffin era officially became a thing of the past in the District. While the team may look to move him to another franchise, Griffin may be damaged goods after three consecutive black-eye seasons rife with injury and immaturity. Some aura still surrounds Griffin from his magical rookie season. But time has caught up to the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year and the dream has become a nightmare for the once-promising quarterback. Perry Green and Stephen Riley of the AFRO Sports Desk debate the question of ‘ is there a market for RGIII?’

Green: There will be a market for RGIII simply because his style of play has become more common in the NFL. With star college coaches in the league like Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly, who love to run the spread option offense, a player of Griffin’s caliber could always fit in. He just has to play in that kind of offense to survive. Sure, he may get hurt again. That’s always going to be a question mark over the quarterback’s head–that no one can deny. But in between injuries, he’ll make plays, if he’s used in the right system.

Riley: There will be a market for RGIII, but maybe the question is whether or not there should be a market for him. The injuries and the media melees have been bad, but nothing has been worse than his actual play on the field. Griffin was inaccurate, timid and unproductive in his time as a starter following his injury. His name and lofty draft status will carry him to another team if Washington dumps him. But if those teams look at his actual performance, it’d be safe to say that he should be out of the NFL. Griffin’s agility made him special. and his moxie and bravado as a fresh-faced signal-caller gave him the guts to take hits and stare down defenders. Griffin now lacks all of those attributes. If you’re asking me ‘should be a market for him’ , my answer would be a resounding no.

Green: I agree that Griffin has been bad, but I can’t blame his failures all on him. In my eyes, he gets 50 percent of the blame. The other 50 percent is split between Washington’s delirious fan base and its coaching staff. The fans put too much pressure on RGIII too early, and the coaching staff stopped playing to his strengths. But also there were rumors circulating that suggested Griffin wanted to run less and become a traditional pocket passer after his freak injury in 2012. But that was never RGIII’s style. Not in high school, college or during his rookie season in the pros when he set the league on fire with great plays. You can’t change who you are. It’s too late for that. Go back to running the spread offense, Robert. It’s your only chance of returning to being the RGIII that the fans loved.

Riley: The Washington franchise has been putrid over the years, but one thing that’s been constant is that they’ve had some top-notch coaching staffs in place. Perhaps Griffin could have found more success under some other team’s watch, but he’s already had two pretty reputable offensive coaches (Kyle Shanahan and Jay Gruden) who have had previous successes developing quarterbacks. Both failed miserably at trying to iron out Griffin’s game. The headaches and hoopla just doesn’t motivate me when it comes to the former top pick. We’ve seen enough of him to recognize his elite days were short-lived. Maybe it’s time to chalk up Griffin’s career as another NFL bust.