Robert Griffin III may be adding another team to his resume this offseason.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that the journeyman backup was an “intriguing name” currently being “discussed in trade talks as the league year nears open.”
Rapoport said Griffin’s contract is “not guaranteed,” and characterized Griffin as “tradable.”
Griffin joined the Ravens back in 2018 and inked a two-year, $4 million contract extension in 2019 as Lamar Jackson’s backup. He carries a 2020 cap hit of $2.5 million and a dead cap hit of $500,000, according to Spotrac.
Next on the depth chart for the Ravens is 2019 sixth-round pick Trace McSorley. The 24-year-old Penn State product made just one rushing attempt against the Steelers this year for 1 yard, so it seems unlikely the team would be willing to lean on him as Jackson’s full-time understudy.
A market undoubtedly exists for backup quarterbacks, especially at a $2 million price point. Bears backup Chase Daniel and Redskins backup Case Keenum have both been named as potential targets to back up Browns QB Baker Mayfield.
Griffin, a former Heisman Trophy winner, was selected second overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Redskins. He won the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award and earned a trip to the 2013 Pro Bowl. His tenure in Washington, however, was marred by injuries, concussions and poor performance, and he was eventually replaced by Kirk Cousins.
Griffin was released by the Redskins in March 2016 and signed with the Browns later that month. After starting just five games with a 59.2 completion percentage, 886 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, he was released by the team in 2017.
The 30-year-old quarterback has appeared in a total of 10 games since 2016, seven of which came this year, mostly in mop-up duty. He started the final game of the 2019 season against the Steelers while the team rested Jackson, and completed 11 of 21 attempts for 96 yards and an interception in the 28-10 win.