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Robert Griffin III Signs with Baltimore

One Year Deal to Become Backup QB

April 04, 2018 - 12:06 pm

By Austin Medina

This is not an April Fools joke! With Joe Flacco hoping to prove he’s worthy of the six-year, $120.6 million contract he received in 2013, the Ravens added some much-needed competition.

Robert Griffin III has signed a one-year deal to become the backup quarterback with Baltimore Wednesday afternoon, Ian Rapoport reports. 

Griffin was the second overall pick in the 2012 Draft with the Washington Redskins. After winning Rookie of the Year, a scary knee injury riddled his production. The injury occurred coincidentally in a game against the Ravens when Griffin took a huge hit from Haloti Ngata.

Since the injury, Griffin III has shown inconsistent play and a subpar work ethic. After losing his starting job to Kirk Cousins, he played with the Cleveland Browns. It was the same song and dance for RG3, as injuries and poor play led to his release in 2017.

Last season, he wasn’t even on an NFL team though reports claim he “stayed ready.” The Ravens were interested last year in signing Griffin III, though chose not to.

Now he’ll get the chance to prove if he’s still able to perform at the professional level, even if he’s the full-time backup. When he was healthy, Griffin III was a premier dual-threat quarterback. Nevertheless it's been nearly five years since he has shown such promise.

One thing’s for certain! The addition of Griffin III is simply for competition, as Flacco is the Ravens starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.