Robert Griffin III has agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, general manager Ozzie Newsome announced on Wednesday.
“Late yesterday, we agreed to a one-year deal with Robert Griffin,” Newsome said. “He came in last week, worked out, had a real good workout. And we were able to come to an agreement late yesterday. He will probably be here early next week to sign the deal.”
Ozzie Newsome announces the addition of RG3. pic.twitter.com/gBM43MCQkI
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 4, 2018
The terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. The Ravens were in need of a backup for Joe Flacco. Their backup last season, Ryan Mallett, is a free agent after signing a one-year deal in March 2017. It’s possible Baltimore could still look to draft a developmental quarterback as well.
Griffin is returning to the league for the first time since he played for Baltimore’s AFC North rival, the Cleveland Browns, during the 2016 season. He was actually the starting quarterback for the Browns’ most recent win, back in December 2016. His last game was against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 1, 2017, when he completed 29 of 20 passes for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception in a loss.
The former Baylor quarterback has been lobbying to sign with an NFL team for a while, even suggesting the Houston Texans should sign him to mentor Deshaun Watson. So he was clearly excited to get the deal done.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 4, 2018
Griffin won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor in 2011. Washington selected Griffin with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.