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RG3 on playing again: “This is my calling”

Robert Griffin III

AP

New Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III said he worked “an hour after every practice” last season to stay ready and that he’s “just appreciative and ready to compete” in a conference call with Cleveland-area reporters Thursday, a few hours after the Browns officially announced that they’d signed to a Griffin to a two-year deal.

At least for now, he’s an NFL starting quarterback again.

“This is my calling,” Griffin said.

Griffin signed a two-year deal with the Browns worth $6.75 million guaranteed. Griffin got a $3.75 million signing bonus on the deal, which has a base value of $15 million and incentives that could make it worth as much as $22 million.

Asked during the conference call about his health, Griffin said he might “write a book about it later” but that he feels healthy and blessed to have a chance to play again. He said what happened during his time with the Redskins “would break a lot of people” but said he’s focused on the future and is “excited to grow under a coach who believes in me.”

Asked about the Browns potentially drafting a quarterback at No. 2 overall next month, Griffin said “I’m a vet now” and that he would take a rookie quarterback under his wing.

“If they draft a quarterback, it doesn’t bother me at all,” he said. “I’m just ready to compete.”