After spending 2017 in NFL exile, Robert Griffin III is going to get his third NFL shot.
The former Heisman Trophy winner and second overall pick of the 2012 draft agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Wednesday. RG3 steps into the backup role behind longtime starter Joe Flacco, who’s set to enter his 11th season. It could make for an interesting arrangement given Flacco’s game revolves around operating from the pocket, whereas Griffin’s greatest asset has always been the threat of his mobility.
Griffin parlayed his athleticism into offensive rookie of the year honors in Washington, when he produced a dazzling array of highlights in an offense coach Mike Shanahan tailored to him. But a knee injury late in the season proved a major setback for Griffin, who was never the same player.
Now healthy, he gets another chance with a team that could help him rehab his game and perhaps afford an opportunity for him to shine if Flacco’s struggles from 2017 resurface.
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The Ravens signaled their interest in Griffin last summer when Flacco’s back injury was causing concerns but ultimately decided against signing him.
Head Coach John Harbaugh told a press conference: ‘I’m very excited about it, the coaches are excited about it.
‘Robert came in, had a really good workout, looked good throwing the ball, and was in very good shape. Obviously, his personality, he’s a confident guy.
‘He’s a very talented quarterback who has had a lot of success in this league early on.’
“We’ve been in communications with his agent. He still lives in the D.C./Virginia area. We got contacted. We were bringing in some receivers and we asked him if he would come in and throw and go through a full workout for us. He took a physical. He did all of that,” Newsome said. “After that, he went to visit another team. We just were able to come to an agreement. We’re always working, trying to make our roster as good as it can be.”