RGIII workout may have helped Chargers land Cardale Jones

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When word emerged of the Chargers working out quarterback Robert Griffin III, the motivation for it wasn’t clear. When someone with the Chargers leaked to ESPN that Griffin looked good, the motivation for it wasn’t clear. When the Chargers didn’t sign Griffin after such a supposedly good workout, the motivation for it wasn’t clear.

On Wednesday, it all became clear when the Chargers traded for quarterback Cardale Jones.

Griffin was the leverage for the Chargers in their talks with the Bills. Bringing Griffin in for a workout and leaking a positive review to ESPN made it clear to Buffalo that the Chargers had an alternative, in the event that Buffalo tried to put a thumb on the scale and get more from a guy who probably was on the way out if there hadn’t been a trade.

So why would Griffin allow himself to be used in this way? He likely didn’t know that the Chargers were trying to get Jones from the Bills. Even if Griffin had known what was happening, the workout knocked the dust off his name for the first time in months, reminding all other teams that he still exists.

Thus, it was a win-win-win. The Chargers got a quarterback they want, the Bills got rid of one they didn’t want, and Griffin got his name in circulation.

And maybe the Bills will be interested in giving Griffin his next workout. Right before they trade for someone else.

22 responses to “RGIII workout may have helped Chargers land Cardale Jones

  1. Remember when RG3 was going to redefine the QB position? Now he’s just a tool to scare people.

  2. Oh man.. RGIII. It just keeps getting worse. Going from the Browns to being used. SMH

  3. I still don’t have a problem w/ the Skins trading up for him. Without a QB, a franchise rally is stuck.

    Didn’t work out for us, but it wouldn’t bother me again to see the Skins trade up if they believe in a guy. Saw it with the Eagles, Rams, & Bears over the past few drafts. Got to have a QB, simple as that.

  4. I have a feeling that if Cardale Jones is developed properly, be can be a franchise QB. His first 2 games were the Alabama playoff game, the the National Championship where he destroyed my Ducks. I can’t say I have ever been more impressed by an athlete stepping up in a pressure situation. He plays his best in the biggest possible moments.

  5. Why does everything have to be only for leverage. People overlook the fact that Cardale Jones salary is only $600K a year. And that is a good buy for the Chargers if the coach is already familiar with him. The charges also said they were looking at other options at QB after looking at RG3! He most definitely was a huge consideration.
    But, RG3 deserves better. And I am glad they passed on him if they want Jones, who also hasn’t gotten a real chance to see if he can play well in this league. So, no foul here. RG3 certainly deserves more salary than some $6ooK a year!!!
    The Chargers have not had a very good history of winning in this league

    RG3 is being judged after having played behind some of the worst offensive lines in the league and weakest defenses. So, no one knows what RG3 can do on a strong team. That’s what I pray he will land this time around.
    These reporters are not any better than the Star Magazine and such click bait reporting. Pure speculation to get clicks. And it still works. This is not real news people.
    NEXT!!!

  6. I don’t get the “name in circulation” comments. Certainly every GM in the NFL is fully aware of every potential QB with and without experience that could be added to a roster should an injury (or two) happen. Nobody has forgotten Griffin is out there. They just haven’t become desperate enough to give him a shot.

  7. I have a feeling that if Cardale Jones is developed properly, be can be a franchise QB. His first 2 games were the Alabama playoff game, the the National Championship where he destroyed my Ducks. I can’t say I have ever been more impressed by an athlete stepping up in a pressure situation. He plays his best in the biggest possible moments.

    He also played in the Big Ten Championship game where they destroyed Wisconsin before the playoffs.

  8. Well RGMe can now say he has been used and abused in his short and dwindling NFL career. See you later Mr. Goodburger, the memories were good for a season. -A Redskins Fan

  9. Bills ain’t bringing anyone else in. They’re confident in Peterman and Yates as backups. I was sad to see Cardale and all that arm potential go, but Peterman will be the #2 (and possibly #1 down the road) guy.

  10. Sounds like a clever deal. Jones is a big stud 6′ 5″ 250 and a big arm. Carson’s back-up’s are fading. Maybe they think they can trade Clemons for teams desperate for experience. Telesco is on the bubble in the wake of the unraveling, disastrous move. They better have a winning season. They should, as this team is much improved. But the big question is how this blunderous “re-location” will effect the players temperment.

  11. kurdishpats1 says:
    Jul 27, 2017 11:29 AM
    RG3 under Belichick would be a 4,000 yard passer, 900 yard rusher.

    AFC Championship game at worst.

    Not a Pats fan by any stretch of the imagination but I completely agree with this statement. I have said for a long time that like it or not, BB is a coaching genius and it almost doesn’t matter who he rolls in there. He knows how to get the best out of his players and when he doesn’t, he rolls them on out.

    Few will remember that he coached the Browns to 11-5 in the 90s. Of course back then the Browns were good but 11-5 in a competitive Division is no small feat.

  12. As a Redskins fan, I was hoping they’d give him a shot. The thing is, most of the offensive lines in the league are garbage. Now that the Redskins finally have a top 5 offensive line, I can’t help but think what could have been if RG3 would have played behind them. With Kirk bailing next year, that just might happen. #HTTR

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