Ravens sign QB Griffin to one-year deal

Ravens sign QB Griffin to one-year deal

Ravens sign QB Griffin to one-year deal

Here's one we didn't expect to see: Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome announced during a Wednesday news conference that the team has signed Robert Griffin III to a one-year contract.

Griffin, 28, hasn't played since the final game of the 2016 season with the Browns, who released him in March 2017 to clear up cap space for fellow QB bust Brock Osweiler.

The Ravens signed Griffin because they need someone back up Joe Flacco. Griffin's last start came January 1, 2017 (Week 17 of 2016 season) in a Browns loss to Steelers.

His production waned over the next two seasons, as he started 13 games in 2013 and seven in 2014 before eventually ceding the starting role to Kirk Cousins.

"I felt like (Griffin) really wanted to be here".

Griffin won the Heisman Trophy with Baylor in 2011 before being selected second overall in the 2012 draft by the Washington Redskins. "He's a very talented quarterback", he said.

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ESPN's Jamison Hensley tweeted that Griffin "was initially brought in by the Ravens to throw to some receivers during a workout".

But Griffin was the starting quarterback the last time the Browns recorded a win, on December 24, 2016.

"Late yesterday, we agreed to a one-year deal with Robert Griffin", Newsome said.

A Week 14 game against the Ravens, however, changed Griffin's trajectory. By the end of the 2012 season, he tore knee ligaments in a playoff loss to Seattle. I really feel that way. In 2015, Griffin fell to third on the Redskins depth chart and remained inactive during the regular season.

Griffin signed a two-year deal with the Browns in 2016, and began the year as the starter, but once again was taken down by an injury (shoulder). He enjoyed a sensational rookie season, throwing 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. "It makes us a better football team".

"I felt like he really wanted to be here, really wanted to be a Raven, felt like this was the place for him", Harbaugh said. I believe our players are going to love the fact that he's here.

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