RGIII returns to the NFL on one-year Ravens deal

BALTIMORE, Md. - Just two months ago, Robert Griffin III roamed around the Mall of America at Super Bowl LII unemployed. Two months later, the former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has a new role in a new location.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Cleveland Browns.
(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Last week, General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced that the team agreed to a one-year deal with Griffin III. "You look at the quarterbacks out there and, where we’re at right now, I’m pretty excited about this player,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “I’m really feeling like we got a steal. I really feel that way.”

Griffin, the former Redskins starting QB, was introduced Wednesday. “First, I want to say I’m grateful to be here," Griffin III explained. "I’m excited about this opportunity, thankful to Mr. [Steve] Bisciotti, Ozzie [Newsome], Eric [DeCosta] and coach [John] Harbaugh for giving me this opportunity. I picked the Ravens because I wanted to be part of an organization that had an identity. I think what I tweeted out, ‘Play Like a Raven,’ is that identity. I’m excited to get to work with these guys and really learn what it means to ‘Play Like a Raven.’”

Griffin III hasn't taken an NFL snap since 2016 with the Browns, a season shortened by injury. In an interview with News 3 Sports, Griffin III said he was "healthy", and "laser-focused". The former number two pick overall in the NFL Draft was released in March 2016 by the Redskins after four seasons with the franchise.

 “I feel like for me, it’s really just being able to come in and do whatever they ask me to do – be able to prove it to my teammates every single day," Griffin III noted. "I’m a Baltimore Raven. My job is to do whatever I can do to help the team. If I win games in whatever capacity that may be … I think that’s more so my focus – just come in and [be] ready to work.”

In 40 career starts, Griffin III went 15-and-25.