Baltimore Ravens sign Robert Griffin III to one-year deal

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns drops back to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on January 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns drops back to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on January 1, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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The Baltimore Ravens have signed veteran quarterback Robert Griffin III to a one-year deal.

The Baltimore Ravens opened up their pre-draft press conference with some breaking news.

General manager Ozzie Newsome announced the team has agreed to terms with Robert Griffin III on a one-year deal. The former Heisman trophy is officially back in NFL after sitting out the entire 2017 season.

It’s been a far fall from grace for Griffin, who hasn’t been the same player since his rookie season. A torn ACL and LCL during the team’s 2013 Wild-Card loss to the Seahawks began a downward spiral. Once the dual-threat ability was taken away, Griffin couldn’t survive solely as a pocket passer.  He spent three more seasons with the Redskins as the team slowly integrated Kirk Cousins into the starting role.

Griffin’s release led to a short stint with the Browns, which is what happens to the majority of quarterbacks in Cleveland. He started just five games before spending time on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The inconsistencies led to yet another release and Griffin hasn’t seen the field since in over a year.

This isn’t the first time Ozzie Newsome and the front office have expressed interest in Griffin. The team considered bringing him in for a workout last offseason while pondering the backup quarterback situation during Joe Flacco‘s back injury.

With Josh Woodrum the only other signal-caller currently under contract besides Flacco, the Ravens were in the market for a backup but this isn’t the veteran anyone expected.

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A backup quarterback should provide insurance and Griffin is the last quarterback I can think of in that department.

Nevertheless, this is a low-tier signing that shouldn’t have any barring on the Ravens’ 2018 season unless disaster strikes.