Robert Griffin III re-ups with Baltimore Ravens

Brian Tinsman
March 21, 2019 - 8:30 pm

According to reports from Ian Rapoport and others, quarterback Robert Griffin III signed the first multi-year contract since his rookie season with the Washington Redskins, this one with the Baltimore Ravens.

Financial terms of the deal have not yet leaked, but the deal is reportedly for two years.

This follows a successful one-year stint with the team in which he was instrumental in the development of rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. This offseason, the team dealt former franchise quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, leaving Jackson as the only quarterback on the roster once Griffin hit free agency.

The feeling around Baltimore is that the team wanted Griffin back, but likely gave him the courtesy of finding another team where he could compete for the starting job. With Flacco gone, Jackson is entrenched as the starter, even if he still needs some work. Griffin is part of that equation and can aid in his development, both in the meeting room and on the sidelines.

It's somewhat unusual for teams to invest multiple years into backup quarterbacks, so the team must be bullish on Griffin's influence. It may also reflect that they want a veteran with starting experience in case Jackson faces injury or inconsistency.

Jackson was spectacular down the stretch, leading the Ravens back into playoff contention and eventually surging to take first place in the AFC North. In the process, he rushed more than any quarterback in NFL history, including Griffin, running an offense tailored to his dual-threat strengths.

He struggled when a defense saw him more than once, as the San Diego Chargers did at the end of the regular season and then the Wild Card round of the playoffs. If for any reason Jackson is unable to go, the Ravens have a backup in Griffin with a similar skill set and the ability to run a mobile offense.

Griffin appeared in three games for the Ravens last season, starting none, and completing just two-of-six passes. He sat out all of 2017 after a difficult 2016 campaign in Cleveland.

The Redskins are not scheduled to play the Ravens in the 2019 regular season, but could see them in the preseason.

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