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Breaking down the Griffin details

Redskins Football AP

Nearly three months after he was picked by the Redskins, quarterback Robert Griffin III has struck a deal with the team.  Several of you have asked for more details.  And so here they are.

As previously explained, it’s a four-year, fully-guaranteed contract with no offset language.  The contract has a value of $21,119,098, including a $13,799,344 signing bonus.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, the base salaries are $390,000 in 2012, $1.34 million in 2013, $2.30 million in 2014, and $3.26 million in 2015.

The contract also includes, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, an option for a fifth year.  For the first 10 players taken in the draft, the team can retain the player for a fifth year at the transition tag number for his position.  For Griffin, that means the average of the 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in 2015.

More importantly, the Redskins can reward Griffin with a new deal after his third NFL season.  And that’s one of the reasons Griffin, as we heard it earlier this year, preferred the Redskins to the Colts.  Indy has a history of making its franchise quarterbacks complete their contracts before giving them new ones; Peyton Manning had to do it not once but twice.

In D.C., owner Daniel Snyder has been so desperate to get a franchise quarterback that Snyder gladly will open the vault for Griffin, if Griffin becomes a genuine franchise quarterback.

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13 Responses to “Breaking down the Griffin details”
  1. graham4jc says: Jul 18, 2012 9:35 AM

    If he lives up to the hype, then I will be glad to have Snyder open up the wallet like he used to do with others less worthy. I think three years is a good audition period to determine if that should be done anyhow.

  2. tombradysbaby says: Jul 18, 2012 10:15 AM

    Really pretty rare for any Rookie to have an outstanding rookie year, specially at the QB position. Year 3 will really be when it will be a good time to judge if he’s going to make it in the NFL.

  3. broncosnative says: Jul 18, 2012 10:17 AM

    It sucks to be luck, didn’t know manning had to play out his contract before new deals. This just shows how loyal manning was to the colts and by releasing him, the colts showed that they don’t want to pay big dollars for their best player. Manning could have easily jumped ships to a different team earlier in his career but didn’t. 3 years is plenty for RG3 to show that he deserves to have to vault opened for him a hugh contract. Luck may have to wait 5 years for his if he’s worthy

  4. hendawg21 says: Jul 18, 2012 10:23 AM

    graham4jc says:
    Jul 18, 2012 9:35 AM
    If he lives up to the hype, then I will be glad to have Snyder open up the wallet like he used to do with others less worthy. I think three years is a good audition period to determine if that should be done anyhow.

    I agree 100%…of course we will have the naysayers chirping in as usual!

  5. hummer53 says: Jul 18, 2012 10:45 AM

    Curious to see how he plays. Not too many short QB’s anymore other than Brees and Vick. That’s a pretty high bar no pun intended.

  6. mjkelly77 says: Jul 18, 2012 10:49 AM

    “The contract also includes, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, an option for a fifth year. … For Griffin, that means the average of the 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in 2015.”
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    I can’t see that happening because, if he’s still around, he’ll probably be in the bottom 10 perfrormance rankings for quarterbacks.

  7. huskersrock1 says: Jul 18, 2012 11:20 AM

    Good thing the CBA requires a 5 year option or the Redskins would have caved on that too.

  8. imissnumber21 says: Jul 18, 2012 12:24 PM

    Not too many short qbs anymore except for Vick and brees?RG measured in with the exact height and weight at the combine as a certain starting QB for the packers,and that guy is not too bad.

  9. jwreck says: Jul 18, 2012 2:37 PM

    Curious to see how he plays. Not too many short QB’s anymore other than Brees and Vick. That’s a pretty high bar no pun intended.
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    Where does this idea keep coming from? Griffin is no giant, but he is bigger than Vick, much bigger than Brees, the same size as Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo; and an inch shorter, but more thickly built than Matt Ryan and Eli Manning. Historically speaking, Griff is the same size as Brett Favre and Jim Kelly and is bigger than Steve Young and Joe Montana.

    While size is certainly an advantage for a quarterback, the Third should be able to use his mobility to compensate for not being as big as guys like Newton, Peyton, and Rivers.

  10. cdrion21 says: Jul 18, 2012 5:08 PM

    I love out of 4 qb’s takin the only black guy was the first to sign, and he was also the only catching grief from the media and fans of other teams for taking so long to sign…….just makes you think

  11. koolrepetoire says: Jul 18, 2012 5:20 PM

    Umm folks Bruce Allen is the Redskins GM. The wallet being opened would have to his suggestion to Dan Snyder. Please get it out of your heads that Snyder throws money around still. This is Bruce Allen’s 3rd year as GM. With all that said, RG3 is signed, sealed, & delivered. This is an exciting time to be a Redskins fan. HTTR!

  12. deeceefan says: Jul 18, 2012 7:56 PM

    hummer53 says: Jul 18, 2012 10:45 AM

    Curious to see how he plays. Not too many short QB’s anymore other than Brees and Vick. That’s a pretty high bar no pun intended.

    Dude your way wrong Griffin is 6′ 2″. You mention Drew Brees and Mike Vick but Guess who else is 6′ 2″ or under?

    Arron Rodgers
    Matt Stafford
    Tony Romo
    Ryan Fitzpatrick
    Andy Dalton

    So that would make 7 good to elite starting QBs that are “short”. Also they make up 4 of the top 5 highest passer raings for the 2011/2012 season.

  13. rtant2013 says: Jul 19, 2012 8:11 AM

    RG3 the savior of DC. His popularity throughout the city is remarkable. Skins fans know, no more bottom feeding in the NFC east. Redskins going to have a top 5 defense this year and a top 15 offense. I mean he is a rookie with a bunch of new parts.

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