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Ravens officially introduce Robert Griffin III

April 12, 2018 - 11:39 am

Just over one week after general manager Ozzie Newsome announced the surprise signing of quarterback Robert Griffin III, the deal has become official. He will wear purple and black for the upcoming 2018 NFL season.

Griffin joins the Ravens on a one-year, $1 million contract and adds experienced depth to the quarterback position after the front office let Ryan Mallett walk in free agency.

Griffin was officially introduced yesterday in a press conference and got his first opportunity to speak with the Baltimore media. As expected, he remained humble and offered nothing but praise for the organization

“I’m excited about this opportunity, thankful to Mr. [Steve] Bisciotti, Ozzie [Newsome], Eric [DeCosta] and coach [John] Harbaugh for giving me this opportunity,” said Griffin.I picked the Ravens because I wanted to be part of an organization that had an identity... I’m excited to get to work with these guys and really learn what it means to ‘Play Like a Raven.”

It’s been an unprecedented trek for the former Heisman Trophy winner and 2012 second overall pick. Griffin was a potent dual-threat talent early in his professional career but major knee injuries quickly sent things into a downward spiral. He slowly began to fade into the background with the Redskins as Kirk Cousins took over. Eventually, Dan Synder and the front office had enough and released Griffin following the 2015 season.

Griffin's failed stint with the Browns in 2016 involved more injuries and he sat out the entire 2017 season waiting for an opportunity. Now feeling 100%, he’s ready to prove his longevity with a clean slate.

“If I’m being 100-percent honest, I probably haven’t felt this good since I came out of college. A year off of football can do that when trucks aren’t lying on you every play. I feel good about this opportunity; I feel good about my ability. I just really want to get in and learn from these guys who have been here for a long time.”

At only 28-years year old, Griffin still possesses a relatively high ceiling if he can stay healthy and find his previous form but as far as any quarterback controversy goes, it’s still Joe Flacco’s team

“I feel like I knew coming into this situation that this is Joe’s [Flacco] team. I understood that when I came in to work out; I understood that when I signed. I’m excited about the opportunity to learn from him. Whatever capacity the coaches ask me to help, that’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to compete, and I’m here to get better every single day – work hard.”