What is Baltimore’s plan for RGIII?

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On Thursday’s PFT Live, we tried to make sense of the Ravens’ decision to sign quarterback Robert Griffin III. Is he a “normal” backup quarterback, whose job it will be support the starter and play only if absolutely necessary? Is it to be a potential alternative to the starter? Or are the Ravens hoping for a chance to evaluate Griffin this year, in the hopes of maybe letting him to compete to be the starter in 2019, if they move on from Joe Flacco?

The bottom line is that the Ravens needed a backup quarterback, and they didn’t have a ton of cap space or viable options. Griffin accepted a contract worth not much more than the veteran minimum. (The extra benefit is that Griffin could be used in a change-of-pace Wildcat-style package, if the Ravens would choose to do that.)

Whatever the reason for adding Griffin, the status of Flacco can’t be overlooked. The price for winning Super Bowl XLVII included a market-value contract for Flacco, backloaded in a way that required a restructuring two years ago. Now, Flacco has a salary of only $12 million but, due to payments previously made, a cap figure of more than twice that. Cutting him would trigger more than $28 million in dead money.

Next year could be the moment the Ravens move on. The salary spikes to $18.5 million, the cap number jumps to $26.5 million, and the dead money drops to $16 million, which could be split over two years.

Regardless of the plan for the future, the plan for the present is to go with Flacco and Griffin, and possibly a rookie to be groomed and developed for potential use as soon as 2019, if Flacco doesn’t play like the guy who bet on himself and cashed in with a Super Bowl MVP trophy.

27 responses to “What is Baltimore’s plan for RGIII?

  1. Didn’t they hire him to work the burger stand in the stadium to get his career started as a Kel Mitchell clone in a sequel to the movie Good Burger?

  2. This Raven fan is not happy that Flacco doesn’t work with his receivers during the off season like we hear of so many other top tier QB’s doing. If Flacco doesn’t take the Ravens deep in the playoff’s this coming season you can bet he is toast in Baltimore – and he should be. His stats have been mediocre at best since the Superbowl run.

  3. And people are complaining about the Cousins contract. Flacco’s contract is far more onerous and he is an inferior player.

    Superbowl MVP vs regular season team MVP for a consistent 3rd place finisher who pads his stats in garbage time and has yet to win a playoff game?

  4. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 5, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    And people are complaining about the Cousins contract. Flacco’s contract is far more onerous and he is an inferior player.

    Can’t compare the two contracts. Flacco had come off of a SB win (and MVP) and the contract was team friendly for a lot of years (thus the term “backloaded”). The years have proven that he is not a very good QB, but I think the mistake may have been holding on to him, not rewarding him after a great season capped with the ultimate prize.

    The problem with Cousins’ contract is that he is also a very mediocre QB. He has a far worse record as a starter, and while he has yards there are plenty of stat pushers who have never won anything. Yards don’t always win games. Yet because of media and fan hype he commanded a guaranteed contract for a whole lot of money despite never really having done anything to advance his team. So while the two are separate, they are linked. Cousins and Flacco – two different situations. But they both involve non-elite QBs getting elite QB money and that is bad for the game.

  5. As a Ravens fan, I’d rather be looking for the real ravens on the Potomac River cliffs. Yuck, what a terrible signing.

  6. For those complaining about Flacco, how many fanbases wouldn’t want a Super Bowl victory for a mere price of $120m over six years? Because that was a relatively cheap price to pay after Flacco convincing earned it in 2013.

    Put it another way, 26 NFL teams have paid around $18.7 BILLION over the last 5 years and not win the Super Bowl. (26 teams x $144m cap x 5 years)

  7. I’m guessing this is Flacco’s last season in Baltimore but not in the NFL. Ravens can watch the QB carousel knowing they don’t have to make a move. Yet.

  8. Ozzie does it again!!!

    The excitement in this division will the battle for second/third place between the Bungles and the dirty birds.

  9. He is a backup QB at best and a camp arm at worst. We are making a mountain out of a molehill.

  10. jgd3rd says:

    April 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    This Raven fan is not happy that Flacco doesn’t work with his receivers during the off season like we hear of so many other top tier QB’s doing. If Flacco doesn’t take the Ravens deep in the playoff’s this coming season you can bet he is toast in Baltimore – and he should be. His stats have been mediocre at best since the Superbowl run.
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    His stats have always been that way. He has never been good. He won a super bowl on a great D and blown coverages for deep balls. He got very lucky and it was clear as day to see.

  11. One the surface it looks like he’s here to offset a lawsuit. See, we hired someone more competent (in our eyes). So that takes Kaep off their hands.

    The problem is, it’s irrelevant to the League. Ravens were dumb to publicize the Kaep thing. Still doesn’t mean collusion, it means the owner listened to the people who pay him. Not a dumb thing in the ‘real world’ but obviously the NFL (arbitrary everything) is not that world.

  12. Digging up Otto Graham would have been a superior option to the Great Gimmick. And Otto would have come dirt cheap.

  13. dougchillin says:

    April 5, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    jgd3rd says:

    April 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    This Raven fan is not happy that Flacco doesn’t work with his receivers during the off season like we hear of so many other top tier QB’s doing. If Flacco doesn’t take the Ravens deep in the playoff’s this coming season you can bet he is toast in Baltimore – and he should be. His stats have been mediocre at best since the Superbowl run.
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    His stats have always been that way. He has never been good. He won a super bowl on a great D and blown coverages for deep balls. He got very lucky and it was clear as day to see.

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    I disagree. Joe was the reason the Ravens made it through the playoffs and won Super Bowl47. He tied the record for TDs/INTs in the postseason set by Montana. The defense was coughing up late scores. They also almost coughed up the game after the lights went out in SB47. He’s also been generally outstanding in the playoffs.

    With that said though, I totally agree on his stats. He’s a regular season dud. But injuries have plagued him the last couple years too. This year is the healthiest he’ll be in a while. He needs to put up or shut up.

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