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Report: Robert Griffin III pushing Redskins to take Josh Gordon


Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III played with receiver Josh Gordon at Baylor. And Griffin would like to play with Gordon in Washington.

Griffin is pushing the Redskins brass hard to select Gordon in Thursday’s supplemental draft, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS.

If Griffin is desperate to play with Gordon again, he’s not saying so publicly. Asked by whether Gordon can succeed in the NFL, Griffin didn’t sound overly enthusiastic about Gordon’s chances.

“I mean, it’s up to him,” Griffin said. “Whether he wants to make it or not. I can’t say whether he’s going to be successful or not be successful. It’s just to him and what he wants to do to leave his legacy.”

The Redskins also seem like an unlikely team to use a pick on a wide receiver because they have already added free agent receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan this offseason. And Gordon’s off-field issues might scare off coach Mike Shanahan.

So while it’s useful to the Redskins’ personnel department to have Griffin’s input in assessing whether Gordon is worth giving up a 2013 draft pick to acquire, that doesn’t mean a Griffin-Gordon reunion is likely.

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36 Responses to “Report: Robert Griffin III pushing Redskins to take Josh Gordon”
  1. thraiderskin says: Jul 11, 2012 4:35 PM

    Maybe the skins can use this as leverage on contract negotiations. Hopefully before RG3 thinks of it.

  2. dlem7 says: Jul 11, 2012 4:39 PM

    Does not make a lot of sense.

    Reports are that a 3rd would be needed to secure this guy.

    So essentially if they use a draft pick, they would need to use free agency to replace that high pick and because of the “Uncapped Year” fiasco, that will be hard enough as it is.

  3. calizcowboyz says: Jul 11, 2012 4:47 PM

    One Project trying to promote another Project. Awesome. Listen Cam Newton’s are Very Far and In Between (Rare). The REALISTIC view is Rg3 is a Jarmarcus Russel, Jason Campbell type player, or If your lucky a Michael Vick (which Isnt saying to much). But yes redskins please let Rg3 have a say so in this, so you can keep Giving Away very important draft picks. *yawn* *stretch* Bottom Feeders.

  4. btowngetsdown says: Jul 11, 2012 4:47 PM

    He might end up being a solid player, but I don’t think I could deal with having a Josh Morgan and a Josh Gordon both playing receiver on the same team. I mean, that’s just insanity.

  5. tcostant says: Jul 11, 2012 4:48 PM

    The Skins have no first rounder next year (part of the RGIII trade, do they really want to spend a 2nd or 3rd too?

  6. nyfcat says: Jul 11, 2012 4:57 PM

    If Dan Snyder is making the value board, they’ll give up a 2nd rounder for him.

  7. realitypolice says: Jul 11, 2012 5:01 PM

    Sounds like a rumor that came from Gordon’s agent to stir up interest.

  8. deathtoromo says: Jul 11, 2012 5:02 PM

    Not too smart RG3. I’m sure the guys currently on the roster fighting for wr spots appreciate that.

  9. laxcoach37 says: Jul 11, 2012 5:06 PM

    With what Picks can the Skins use? They already Traded away their future for RGIII. They have no 1st or 2nd, so using a 3rd would be crazy. Gordon will most likely go for a 3rd. Not Hating on the Skins, but you can’t spend what you don’t have.

  10. bison4me says: Jul 11, 2012 5:06 PM

    Just 15 minutes ago on sportstalk 980AM he said he wasn’t lobbying for the Skins to get him. He let the coaching staff know about Gordon’s strengths when they asked him and that was about it. He wished Gordorn the best, but it was hardly what I would call an endorsement. It was more of a buyer bewared type of deal.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 11, 2012 5:06 PM

    Reunite the Griffin to Gordon connection which was good for 43 catches over three seasons at Baylor.

  12. weneedlinemen42 says: Jul 11, 2012 5:18 PM

    I can’t think of a reporter I trust less than Jason
    La Canfora.

    Before leaving the Washinton Post he confidently stated that there was no way the ‘Skins would sign Albert Haynesworth in free agency. They simply didn’t have the cap space.

    They signed him to the richest contract ever signed by a defensive player.

    Whilst he was with the NFL Network he confidently predicted that the ‘Skins would trade Haynesworth away so many times it started to look like a mantra. The pity being that he stopped doing that in months before Haynesworth was actually traded away. Why, because the general consensus was that Haynesworth was untradeable.

    JLaC stated that the ‘Skins wanted to trade up into the 2-spot to draft Gabbert. Instead he fell to the ‘Skins at 10, who then traded back and let the Jaguars have him.

    It’s not just the Redskins that La Canfora screws up on. In January he stated that Steve Spagnuolo would be joining the Eagles by the end of the week. Spagnuolo joined the Saints.

    La Canfora’s “insider” sources tend to sound a lot like the sort of guesswork anyone who reads a couple of sports blogs could make up.

  13. clw1906 says: Jul 11, 2012 5:27 PM

    calizcowboyz says:
    Jul 11, 2012 4:47 PM
    One Project trying to promote another Project. Awesome. Listen Cam Newton’s are Very Far and In Between (Rare). The REALISTIC view is Rg3 is a Jarmarcus Russel, Jason Campbell type player, or If your lucky a Michael Vick (which Isnt saying to much). But yes redskins please let Rg3 have a say so in this, so you can keep Giving Away very important draft picks. *yawn* *stretch* Bottom Feeders.

     Hey Troll please remind me how many playoff games has the cowboys won in the last*lets say* decade?! Your overhyped loser team barely best the Rex Grossman led Skins! Oh and it’s Jamarcus Russell genius. Lol

  14. skoobyfl says: Jul 11, 2012 5:32 PM

    I’d can’t see why RGIII wouldn’t want to play with someone he is familiar with.

  15. skinsfan91 says: Jul 11, 2012 5:34 PM

    The Skins have a 2nd rd pick next year. They just don’t have first rd picks the next two years. And Shanahan won’t pick this guy up if he has character issues.

  16. benlighterhasablog says: Jul 11, 2012 5:42 PM

    “They have no 1st or 2nd, so using a 3rd would be crazy. Gordon will most likely go for a 3rd”

    They actually do have a 2nd.

    That being said I agree with you, as a ‘Skins fan. Unless he’s still on the board in the 6th or 7th round it’s just not worth it.

    Plus, he may have potential, but the receiving corps is already stacked with above average receivers. Santana Moss has at least another season in him, Garcon will be around for a while, Morgan could be too, the team still feels committed to last years 2nd(?) round pick Leonard Hankerson..

    there’s just no room.

  17. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jul 11, 2012 5:48 PM

    dating back to Denver days, Shanahan has been willing to take a shot on “character concern” type players.

  18. jamaltimore says: Jul 11, 2012 6:00 PM

    Everyday there appears to be a RG3 comment, talkshow, fashion show, group meeting that he’s leading, etc. Yet we really hear anything about Andrew Luck.

    Luck’s the guy who pretty much dominated from the get go and appears to let his play do the talking. RGIII had one good year and now he’s got all the hype and it appears to be earned but I’m starting to get a whiff of if things appear too good to be true sometimes they are.

    then again the skins have been a joke for so long their fans deserve a little good luck.

  19. tightend42 says: Jul 11, 2012 6:01 PM

    Gimme a break. Hey Rookie. Shut up and learn the play book. You were hired to throw the ball and complete passes. NOT evaluate talent. You are too close to that guy to be objective

  20. shvd98z24 says: Jul 11, 2012 6:08 PM

    “That being said I agree with you, as a ‘Skins fan. Unless he’s still on the board in the 6th or 7th round it’s just not worth it. ”

    There is no if he is still there for the supplemental draft! If a teams wants a player…they put the highest round pick they are willing to spend….after the deadline…whomever put in the highest pick wins! (picks in the same round would go to team with worst record; tie-breaker would be strength of schedule) There isn’t really a draft….it’s essentially a silent auction!

  21. allinskins says: Jul 11, 2012 6:42 PM

    Nothing here people go about your day. RG3 is not behind this sounds more the agent of Gordon leveraging his name. Also the comparison of RG3 to russell is laughable. I know he has not played a down yet but come on with the silliest of statements. His ceiling is as high as he wants it to be and the floor is still better then what we had last year by a mile. Keep it real!

  22. thebarkexpress says: Jul 11, 2012 6:43 PM

    a rookie qb that hasn’t even dirtied his uniform urging an acquisition decision? year, after you’ve dirtied your uniform, just maybe they might listen to you

  23. darkhorse08817 says: Jul 11, 2012 6:47 PM

    As a ‘Skins fan excited about the addition of RG3, this presumption is troubling. Come on, rookie – first establish your as a viable NFL QB, and only then would anyone have a reason to give any weight to your opinions about who should or shouldn’t be on the team.

    The opinion of a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or Drew Brees carries weight. That of a rookie who has yet to throw a single pass in an NFL game, maybe not so much.

  24. cannonballdookie says: Jul 11, 2012 7:14 PM

    Al Davis is not around so they can probably get him for a 5th.

  25. jwreck says: Jul 11, 2012 8:15 PM

    Wow, considering there’s a large probability Griffin didn’t even make these comments there’s been a shocking surge in membership at the “I-Hate-RGIII Club”. The whole theme of “Griffin’s big mouth” is getting” really tiresome. Griffin does not call press conferences. The press calls him, because he’s new, and young, and exciting and draws readership. He does not talk to the press, or “hold beauty pageants” because he loves the sound of his own voice. He talks because pthe public likes to read about him talking on PFT, and hear him talk on ESPN, and the press asks him to talk to them. Just because a player draws a lot of media attention doesn’t mean he can’t “let his play do the talking”.

    On the subject of Josh Gordon, and what Robert Griffin III may or may not have said about him, the quotation from the HogsHaven interview sounds much more realistic than the baseeless tweet from JLC. For as much grief as the Third gets whenever he’s asked to speak, his silence on Josh Gordon this week has spoken volumes, especially when compared to the praise he heaped on fellow teammate Kendall Wright prior to April’s draft.

    The fact is that Griffin probably isn;t big on having a guy lie Gordon on his team in the future. Contrary to calicowboyz’ wishful thinking, Griff is a high character guy and, regardless of his abilities as a quarterback, has “REALISTICALLY” no chance of falling asleep in a team meeting or being arrested for codeine distribution at any point in the next three years. Shanahan has a similar emphasis on character guys and an opposition to letting knuckleheads onto the team.

    Even in the extremely unlikely event that Griffin is actually pushing for Josh Gordon (come on PFT, RG3 hasn’t spoken one word about Gordon since the guy declared for the supplemental draft, and now we get this whole article based off one sourceless tweet by Jason La Canfora) there’s virtually no chance Gordon will be a Redskin unless he slips into the sixth or seventh round: a possibility, regardless of Washington’s interest, that is dramatically more likely than the public seems to think.

  26. 4thqtrsaint says: Jul 11, 2012 8:21 PM

    Obviously, I’m not a Skins fan. Having said that, RG3 is way beyond Campbell or Russell. More like Vick, but a better passer. I think he’ll be highly successful. The reason? The kid is smart. It seperates him from other young QBs.

    As far as the WR, well the list of WRs the Skins have don’t really impress me. If they can get him, at worst, you sit him and bring hin in slowly. At best, you get a quick, sizable target RG is familiar with.

  27. jimmylions says: Jul 11, 2012 8:48 PM

    I agree with skoobyfl, why wouldn’t RG3 want to throw to someone familiar?

    But – if RG3 knows there’s no way the Skins are taking JG, then this kind of talk is just a way to try to help his friend get a job somewhere.

  28. whoisadamjones says: Jul 11, 2012 8:52 PM

    calizcowboyz says: Jul 11, 2012 4:47 PM

    One Project trying to promote another Project. Awesome. Listen Cam Newton’s are Very Far and In Between (Rare). The REALISTIC view is Rg3 is a Jarmarcus Russel, Jason Campbell type player, or If your lucky a Michael Vick (which Isnt saying to much). But yes redskins please let Rg3 have a say so in this, so you can keep Giving Away very important draft picks. *yawn* *stretch* Bottom Feeders.
    While this post is so ridiculous it barely bares reading, let’s give it a quick look through logically, skipping over the 3rd grade level grammar and spelling if we can.

    First off, the only quarterbacks we can realistically compare Griffin to are black quarterbacks. Good, there’s a good start.

    Racial issues aside, even if we all agree that Cam Newtons are very rare, let’s take a count of how many Cam Newton’s there have been over the last decade and a half: one.

    Next we establish that Rg3 is destined to be a Jamarcus Russell/Jason Campbell type player. What exactly that is, I’m not sure. Neither quarterback is good, but one had a considerably worse career than the other, it’s kind of like describing a player as a Ryan Leaf/Chad Henne type quarterback, it just makes no sense. Jason Campbell will never be a pro bowler, but is a solid game manager and a respectable backup, and it seems a little unfair for to lump him in with a convicted Felon who could not stay awake during team meetings. Returning to our count, how many Jamarcus Russell’s were there over the last decade? One. Who woulda thunk it, the same number as there were Cam Newtons. How many Jason Campbells were there over the last decade and a half? One.

    Next our expert talent evaluator peers into his crystal ball and learns that the best Griffin could ever possibly be is a Michael Vick. And how many Michael Vicks have there been over last decade and a half? One.

    Over the last decade and a hlaf, there has been one Cam Newton, one Jamarcus Russell, one Michael Vick, and one Jason Campbell. By your own logic, you essentially declare that Robert Griffin has an equally likely chance being any one of the black quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2000 (minus Byron Leftwich and Vince Young, whose feelings must be seriously hurting right now).

    Considering that Griffin graduated high school and college in three years, I think we can rule Russell out as a possibility, and considering that the Third doesn’t have one of the world’s slowest releases and wasn’t supported by one of the greatest running games the NCAA has ever seen, Jason Campbell should probably be taken off the list too, meaning that Griffin has a 50/50 shot of being Cam Newton or a faster, younger, more accurate Vick. It’s hard to say no to those odds.

  29. ueverbeen2dallas says: Jul 11, 2012 10:49 PM

    of course RG3 would want a player he is familiar with

    as a skins fan, im torn about Gordon

    having a 6’3″ WR who can play has appeal. with that appeal may come too steep a cost. for a 3rd im ok with it, 2nd I think pass.

    Gordon could take the WR group from a weakness last year to a strength this year.

  30. jimmy53 says: Jul 11, 2012 11:31 PM

    Where does he think he is…Clemson???

  31. realitypolice says: Jul 11, 2012 11:47 PM


    Fantastic post. Pity that the person it’s aimed at will possess neither the reading comprehension skills nor attention span to get it.

  32. mojosmagic says: Jul 12, 2012 12:14 AM

    Gordon has a lot of flaws in his game and isn’t worth more then a 5th rounder, if that.

  33. jimmymfb says: Jul 12, 2012 1:58 AM

    Isn’t shanny the coach that drafted mo clarett? Doesn’t get much more turd like then that so I’d say he has no issues with character issues

  34. khmer379 says: Jul 12, 2012 2:58 AM

    Two letter T.O. Get er done skins!

  35. alphaq2 says: Jul 12, 2012 11:02 AM

    Hankerson was last years third round pick. The second round pick was Jarvis Jenkins.

  36. elijahlewis68 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:26 PM

    Pretty funny to look back at this and see what everyone has said about Gordon and Griffin. Maybe we should’ve drafted Gordon.

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