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Ravens, QB Robert Griffin III Agree To Two-Year Deal

March 21, 2019
Robert Griffin III is returning to the Ravens on a two-year deal as the team's No. 2 quarterback and mentor for Lamar Jackson, the Ravens announced March 21.

The deal is contingent on Griffin passing a physical.

Griffin, 29, played for the Ravens last season on a one-year contract, and as he prepared for free agency after the season, he said that he wanted a chance to compete for a starting job elsewhere if possible. 

But, he added, "If those opportunities aren't there, or if they are there and it's not the right opportunity, I do believe in what they're doing here in Baltimore. I love it here, and I have no problem with coming back."

Ravens officials have said this offseason that they would like a backup quarterback with a skill set similar to Jackson's, and Griffin, like Jackson a former Heisman Trophy winner, fits that bill as someone who can change the game with his throwing and his running. 

Jackson has called Griffin "my Heisman brother," and Griffin said he enjoyed acting as a mentor last year during Jackson's rookie season. 

The Ravens signed Griffin to a one-year, $1.1 million deal last April to be Joe Flacco's backup, a low-cost look at a former No. 2 overall pick whose career had been derailed by injuries and inconsistency. But the entire equation changed less than a month later when the Ravens traded back into the first round to draft Jackson. 

Griffin, who was out of football for the entire 2017 season after being released by the Cleveland Browns, showed enough during training camp last year that the Ravens opted to keep three quarterbacks on their initial 53-man roster for the first time since 2009. 

Griffin began the season as the No. 3 quarterback and was a game day inactive during the first nine games, which he admitted tried his patience. But once Flacco was sidelined by a back injury, Griffin served as the backup and ended up playing in three games, twice replacing Jackson when he was briefly shaken up. Griffin finished 2-of-6 for 21 yards passing.

The Ravens have downplayed the injury risk associated with Jackson's running -- he carried 147 times last season, the most ever by a quarterback in the modern era -- but in Griffin they have a backup quarterback who offers similar skills and is familiar with the schemes of offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

"I feel like I have a good grasp of what this team is trying to do," Griffin said after the season when he contemplated a possible return to Baltimore. "I would love to help Lamar [Jackson] continue to develop and also be available and ready to play."

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