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Robert Griffin III would love to remain a Raven and the odds are in his favor


Robert Griffin III would love to remain a Raven and the odds are in his favor

Quarterback Robert Griffin III made his return to the NFL during the 2018 season thanks to the Baltimore Ravens and he's hoping 2019 will present him with the same opportunity.

“Yes, I’d love to be back," Griffin III said Monday.

"I feel like I have a good grasp of what this team is trying to do. I would love to help Lamar [Jackson] continue to develop and also be available and ready to play. The question is, is that going to happen? I don’t know. Will there be other opportunities for me around the league? I don’t know. I’ll just continue to work hard every single day and see what happens. But I’d love to be back, no doubt.”

Prior to drafting Lamar Jackson in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Ravens signed Griffin III to a one-year, $1 million contract after being out of the league for a year. The uncertainty of Jackson's development throughout the season earned Griffin III a spot on the Ravens' 53-man roster behind Joe Flacco and Jackson. 

Despite being a gameday inactive most weeks, the Heisman Trophy winner saw action in three games including conducting an important field goal drive in the team's Week 13 win over the Atlanta Falcons after Jackson left the game in concussion protocol. 

Luckily for RGIII, the odds of him remaining in Baltimore appear to be in his favor.

After Sunday's 23-17 Wild Card loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, John Harbaugh made it clear that Jackson is their quarterback of the future while reflecting on the 11 years Flacco spent with the Ravens. As the team's No. 2, Griffin III would offer a wide range of experience that most backups lack and has taken satisfaction throughout the 2018 season in mentoring his fellow Heisman Trophy winner. 

In return, the Ravens have offered the 28-year-old stability in what's been a rocky five years for the former second-overall pick. 

"I really took pride in wearing this uniform this year and representing this organization," Griffin III added. "So, there’s a certain level of that appreciation for the Ravens giving me an opportunity to get back in the league and staying true to that."

Opportunity to be a starter elsewhere could also be in the cards for the QB, but what's best for his family will remain top priority. 

“I think the No. 1 priority is just taking care of my family and just doing what’s right," Griffin said. "From that standpoint, if the opportunity is out there for me to compete to be a starter, be a starter, you’re definitely going to weigh those options. This is a great organization, and I like the direction that they’re going. This offense is suited to my skill set. I can run really any offense now that I’m six years deep in the league and kind of have an understanding of what’s going on, but at the same time, I just have to make the right decision, not only for myself but just to be in the right situation.”


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Joe Flacco will be available, but the Redskins need to look elsewhere for a QB

Joe Flacco will be available, but the Redskins need to look elsewhere for a QB

At best, the Redskins quarterback situation for 2019 and beyond can be described as uncertain.

Washington has Alex Smith under contract for 2019 at $20 million, and another $21 million for 2020. Smith will be on the roster, certainly, but in what capacity is another question. 

Smith broke his leg in November and his recovery has been slow and painful. He had to undergo multiple surgeries to clean up an infection following his initial procedure to set the leg. 

Reports say there is growing optimism for Smith returning in 2019, though it's not a certainty. 

Washington also has Colt McCoy under contract for 2019, but he too suffered a broken leg this season. 

McCoy might return this season and should be fine for 2019, but for many Redskins fans there is a need for another QB in Washington. 

The draft will make the most sense. With all the money tied up in Smith, Washington can't afford to add some of the veteran free agents available next March. 

One name that has come up is Joe Flacco, who will hit the open market next year. Don't expect him to land with the Redskins though.

In a league where Chase Daniel and Josh McCown each make $10 million, Flacco is going to get paid. The number will be much higher than the Redskins can or should even want to afford. 

Want a more intriguing option from Baltimore?

How about Robert Griffin III. He's the Ravens third-string QB and will be a free agent after the season. He only made $1.1 million this year, and a similar deal could be expected for 2019. 

That probably won't happen, but there are still fans of Griffin inside the Redskins headquarters in Ashburn. 

The strategic way for the Redskins to add to their quarterback room will be through the draft. That's it. 

Anything else will be too expensive or just crazy. But sometimes crazy happens. 


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Robert Griffin III plays the final minutes of Ravens' OT loss to Chiefs

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Robert Griffin III plays the final minutes of Ravens' OT loss to Chiefs

With the Baltimore Ravens needing to get in field goal position to stay alive in overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs, it wasn’t Joe Flacco or Lamar Jackson under center with the game on the line on third and 22. 

It was Robert Griffin, III. 

It was the second straight week Griffin has had to step in for relief for Jackson following an injury. A hit on Jackson by Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston sidelined the Ravens’ rookie, forcing Griffin to come in at a less-than-ideal time. 

Griffin had no time to work his way into a rhythm or pass time until Jackson potentially returned. His first pass attempt to John  Brown was nearly picked off and his second pass to Willie Snead was incomplete. Following the game, several Ravens players -- including Griffin -- felt Chiefs defensive back Kendall Fuller interfered with the play. 

Moving forward, the Ravens find themselves in a dilemma. If healthy, stick with the young Jackson who won three games in a row and was in the game against the class of the AFC, albeit limited in the passing game, give Griffin a shot who gives the team more options in the passing game or go back to the veteran Flacco for the stretch run of the playoffs. 

At 7-6, the Ravens are holding on to the final playoff spot by the slimmest of margins. Head coach John Harbaugh has an important decision to make before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to town next week.