QB Robert Griffin III Joins the Baltimore Ravens

Robert Griffin III with the Browns in 2016. Photo by Christopher Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After being without a team for more than a year, quarterback Robert Griffin III has agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. He will serve as a backup for team’s starting quarterback Joe Flacco.

You look at the veteran quarterbacks out there, where we’re at right now, I’m pretty excited about this player,” – said Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh. “I’m really feeling like we got a steal. I really feel that way.

Robert Griffin III, who previously played for Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns, was brought in by the Ravens for the last week’s tryout. The team initially only wanted for him to throw to free-agent wide receivers, but ended up being impressed by his showing and decided to offer him a deal.

I felt like he wanted to be a Raven,” – added Harbaugh. “He felt like this was the place for him. I believe our players are going to love the fact that he’s here. They like him as a person. It makes us a better football team. This move makes us better.

After an impressive college football career, during which he won the Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III was selected as the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He was named the team’s starting quarterback and had a successful rookie season in which he broke several records and won the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Griffin III, however, didn’t manage to replicate this success in the following seasons, which were plagued by inconsistency and injuries. He eventually lost the starting QB spot to Kirk Cousins, and the Redskins decided to release him in March 2016.

Cleveland Browns jumped on the opportunity and signed Griffin III to a two-year deal couple of weeks later. He was named the team’s starting quarterback for the season, but the injuries limited him to only five games. Browns released him before the start of 2017 season, and Griffin III ended up sitting out the entire season, unable to find a team.