Robert Griffin III says he turned down offers from the Cardinals and Ravens

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Robert Griffin III hasn’t found a new NFL home since the Browns cut him in the offseason, but he says he could have played for the Cardinals and Ravens.

“I had an offer from Arizona, and also from Baltimore,” Griffin said on ESPN’s SC6.

So why did he turn down those offers? Griffin said the Cardinals had too many quarterbacks on the roster and he didn’t think he would get any practice time as a fourth-stringer. And he said Baltimore made him an offer right before its preseason opener against his original team, Washington, and wanted him to start in that game. Griffin said he didn’t think he would have adequate time to prepare in the Ravens’ offense, so he turned it down.

Griffin understood that he might have been turning down his only offers.

“I had interest in the offseason,” Griffin said. “It just wasn’t the right fit and I had to make that decision for myself to say, ‘Look, if I don’t accept this offer, there’s a chance I won’t play football this year.’ And I would talk to my family, and I was OK with that, OK with the fact that it might happen.”

Griffin did say, however, that he would love to sign with a team right now and hopes a playoff contender that needs a quarterback will consider him.

“I love football. I miss the game,” Griffin said. “I am ready. So I haven’t given up on 2017 yet. There are some teams that need help and may need help going into the playoffs.”

But it’s hard to understand why a team that needs help in the playoffs would call Griffin now, if he was telling the Ravens four months ago that he needs adequate practice time to be ready for a preseason game. If Griffin wanted to play in the NFL in 2017, his best bet was to accept one of those offers in the offseason and prove himself in training camp. And his best bet going forward will be not to turn down any offers in 2018.

65 responses to “Robert Griffin III says he turned down offers from the Cardinals and Ravens

  1. “Ya, I love football but I turned down 2 offers because I love sitting on my arse more.”

  2. Oh sure, we all believe that RG3&13 was offered contracts by the Cardinals and the Ravens. And we also believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the tooth fairy etc etc etc…..

  3. So what your basically saying is that you screwed up by not signing with a team in the pre-season and NOW you miss football and want to sign with a payoff contender? Got it! Because that kind of moved worked out well for Kaepernick

  4. Hey RG3, if you thought you didn’t have adequate time to prepare to be a starting QB right now and learn a system before the regular season started, why do you think you would have adequate time now. Does this guy seriously think he would have adequate time to prepare now with Practices being lighter and shorter due to the CBA, makes no sense, lol.

  5. Translation “I’ll play for a winner, in the playoffs” Guess what? So would I, but last I checked Pigs still don’t fly.

  6. Sounds to me like somebody isn’t all that committed…unless, you know, a playoff caliber team needs some help. Bye bye Bob.

  7. He was just afriad to go into camp knowing he was going to be cut lol… You too good to go and compete for a backup job smh no wonder you not in the league anymore

  8. How would Arizona be a bad offer? Especially looking at it from the beginning of the season when David Johnson was healthy. They have Fitz, and some speed on the outside, had a good running game (again looking at it from the offseason perspective), had pieces of what looked like a good defense. I don’t see how Arizona would be a bad option.

    Seahawks Fan

  9. Those alleged offers won’t get any better after being out of the league for over year. When your career is on life support you take any chance you get.

  10. So he couldn’t prepare for a preseason offense in a week, but he can for a regular season team sitting out almost an entire year and be ready for the playoffs? Random drug test time?

  11. He went on to say: “Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift wanted me to sleep with them, but I declined since I really don’t care for country music.”

  12. I don’t know what goes on in the lockeroom with RGIII, but I’ll take a guess that most people find him a phoney and not a hard worker. He’s the last one there and the first to leave.

  13. Let’s see the Saints have a backup qb logging snaps on special teams and this clown is thinking a playoff team will come calling? Wow. Millennials.

  14. RG3 is taking the exact right path-like Archie Manning learned, if you have great potential – NEVER GET WITH A BAD ORGANIZATION!!!! It is a career ruiner for a QB in particular. Just look at Jared Goth this year and even Blake Bottles this year vs last for both. Both were busts last year and are doing a 180 this year. Dah!! After he left a disfuntional organization to go to a complete rebuild in Cleveland-I think he learned the hard way. So for him-its reality. Good for him!!

  15. BelgiumHawk says:
    December 14, 2017 at 6:41 am
    How would Arizona be a bad offer? Especially looking at it from the beginning of the season when David Johnson was healthy. They have Fitz, and some speed on the outside, had a good running game (again looking at it from the offseason perspective), had pieces of what looked like a good defense. I don’t see how Arizona would be a bad option.
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    I listened to the entire interview. Have been a fan of RG3 since I saw him ball out in 2012 with the skins-and I am a Cowboys fan. But it was the situation in the Arizona case not the team. He said they had their 1 and 2 on lock. No chance to move up. And they had a preferred 3 even, Gabbert, so he would have been a long shot camp arm. And so in that situation he said he felt he would not have a chance to be anything but a camp arm in essence. So he preferred to be available in the event a better offer materialized. Given his pedigree, I believe he did the right thing in 2017. He is not the only QB to have to sit out a year and came back and balled out with a better situation.

  16. Guys you will never see play in the NFL again: Brett Farve. Jamarcus Russell. Robert Griffith. Colin Kapernick.

    Johnny Manziel? Stay tuned.

  17. I can actually see not wanting to be hired simply to be thrown in against your old team. That offer sounded more like it was to be a tackling dummy for a specific game than a developing qb in their system. I also suspect the money on these offers was nothing too enticing. So thats fine if he did not think they were offers he should take for those reasons, but offers dont grow on trees at his level so he still needs to be at peace with his choices. Because they were his choices.

  18. Only in it for the money = no heart. After those statements he better start looking at the CFL if he really wants to play. Same with Kaep.

  19. Speak with any free agent, and of course they would love to be signed by a team in contention. I completely understand why he didn’t sign for the Cardinals and Ravens. Both had established veteran QBs, and who could have predicted that both would have issues with the play/health at the position. Also, playing in the final preseason game where you would be on the field with camp bodies bodes well for no one’s CV. Perhaps a year out will help RGIII set his mind straight and get his health improved. It has happened in years past for QBs who have returned to the game and had some success. At least during his time away from the game he hasn’t made headlines for the wrong reasons, and perhaps has even matured which will allow him to better fit in with a locker room.

    Teams like the Vikings have four QBs out of contract after this season – unless they toll Bridgewater’s final year and I guess Sloter will be restricted – and perhaps RGIII would be able to come in as the clear backup with little to no immediate pressure.

  20. I’ve also had offers from the Cardinals and Ravens, and also the Falcons, and the Eagles. All of the bird teams. Yup. Lots of offers. Turned em down though, Too busy with the holidays and what not…

  21. If you don’t have a job and someone offers you a job you take it. That’s how I was raised. That could very well be his last chance, c’mon man. Nobody is going to ask you to come and start, you got to earn it all over again.

    Swallow your pride, it ain’t easy but we all got to do it once in a while.

  22. I guess he didnt want to be one of those guys that gets cut in preseason then doesn’t get a call again.

    Realistically if he has been training with someone consistently for the past year that would make sense because RG3 needs to reinvent himself to become a 2nd string qb

  23. Oh wow. He didn’t make the right comments while he was playing, he’s definitely not making the right comments unemployed if he’s looking to get back into the NFL.

    And no wonder why ESPN is laying off workers, they can’t even get active players to do interviews. Doesn’t matter which segment this is, why in the world would you interview RGIII? That guy hasn’t been relevant since his rookie year.

  24. regaliaimagewear says:

    December 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

    RG3 is taking the exact right path-like Archie Manning learned, if you have great potential – NEVER GET WITH A BAD ORGANIZATION!!!! It is a career ruiner for a QB in particular. Just look at Jared Goth this year and even Blake Bottles this year vs last for both. Both were busts last year and are doing a 180 this year. Dah!! After he left a disfuntional organization to go to a complete rebuild in Cleveland-I think he learned the hard way. So for him-its reality. Good for him!!

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    I’m confused. Jared Goff and Blake Bortles play for the same “dysfunctional” organizations that they played for last year. I never heard them making excuses about anything, they just kept working hard. Things around them changed for the better, and they gained more experience. Coaches usually prefer low key backup QBs. RG3 would be better off going to Canada and making a career up there. It worked out for Warren Moon and Joe Theismann.

  25. Sounds like RGIII was going to be a camp arm in Arizona and a preseason sales gimmick in Baltimore. He probably wanted a ‘high-end backup’ deal, $3 million a year (or more) with guaranteed money and back-loaded incentives to raise his pay if he ends up being a starter. I’m not sure any team would give him that contract – the injuries, questions about his work ethic (fair or not). Also there are legit questions about his ability to be a pocket passer. Hopefully he saved his money, as it doesn’t look like he will make any from playing in the NFL anymore.

  26. I watched the ESPN segment with RG3 and Bill Polian. I was expecting Robert to be a little more humble after his NFL failure, but no. He’s still the guy who thinks he knows more and is better than everybody else, including all current QBs. If ESPN is looking at him as a long term football analyst, they are playing with fire. RG3 has had a haircut but the huge ego is undented.

  27. So he’s saying he feared fighting for practice and playing time against Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert in a chance to be QBOF after Palmer retires? He didn’t want to compete with Gabbert. Huh.

  28. Just go North for a season and show you can still play. The NFL hasn’t hit pause until you are ready for an opportunity. Show that you’ll do what ever it takes to play and MAYBE you’ll get another shot in the NFL. CFL fields are built for guys with speed and can chuck it.

  29. So why did he turn down those offers? Griffin said the Cardinals had too many quarterbacks on the roster and he didn’t think he would get any practice time as a fourth-stringer.
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    He really said that? 4th string behind the guys the Cardinals had? That is enough to prevent him from getting a look next year.

  30. charliecharger says:
    December 14, 2017 at 9:51 am
    regaliaimagewear says:

    December 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I’m confused. Jared Goff and Blake Bortles play for the same “dysfunctional” organizations that they played for last year. I never heard them making excuses about anything, they just kept working hard. Things around them changed for the better, and they gained more experience. Coaches
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    As you mention, things around them got better. Enough so that in both places I dont think you can call it the ‘same dysfunctional organization’. Coughlin has Jacksonville coming to what has been a complete turnaround. And for Goff just not having Fischer there has changed everything. To their credit both kept their heads down and worked hard during the bad periods is why they have a good shot to take advantage in the improved scenarios.

  31. Sorry, but any team needing a back-up or Third QB right now for depth would be better off with Christian Ponder than RG3 or Kaeper-take-a-knee-nick.

    Both of them have shown their character and me-first attitude to be a major detriment to teams they played on.

  32. Sign as drew brees backup for next preseason. See if you can learn to be a true picket QB.
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    Saints and their fans don’t agree

  33. Guys you will never see play in the NFL again: Brett Farve. Jamarcus Russell. Robert Griffith. Colin Kapernick.
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    How can you lump Favre in with that basket of under-achievables

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