Commanders News: Dan Snyder, Ron Rivera, Robert Griffin III and QB pick

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Robert Griffin III on Commanders sale

One aspect that went overlooked throughout the ownership saga is the potential impact on Washington Commanders players. It’s not easy working under such distractions, so the timing couldn’t be better with OTAs and training camp on the immediate horizon.

When discussing the sale on a recent NFL Live appearance via Sports Illustrated, Washington’s former quarterback turned analyst Robert Griffin III highlighted what a relief this is going to be for players. Something that should provide increased energy in spades when preparations ramp up for the upcoming campaign.

"“I know it’s a parade in my city right now. They are flooding the streets, excited about this sale of the team. I think this will help to lift a dark cloud from the organization, [and] allow the players and coaches and everyone involved to truly put all of their focus in on only trying to win football games. And obviously, treating the people that work there they way they should be treated [becomes a priority]. So that’s where I come from as a player, it’s a huge burden off of their shoulders. And for the fans, this is what they’ve been asking for and clamoring for.”"

Griffin had the unfortunate obligation to work under Snyder when he became the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. Injuries meant he was unable to become the true franchise quarterback Washington was looking for, but he remains deeply connected to the organization and has a good finger on the player pulse within the building.

This is going to bring fresh hope the good times will return. There’s a lot of work to do before then both on and off the field, but the hope is now officially renewed.