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Ravens Sign RGIII To Potentially Back Up QB Joe Flacco In 2018

Ravens Sign RGIII To Potentially Back Up QB Joe Flacco In 2018

Griffin is expected to be a backup to Joe Flacco, Baltimore's starter for 10 straight seasons. He will probably be here early next week to sign the deal, ' general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

Before signing Griffin, the Ravens had just one other quarterback on the roster behind Flacco - Liberty graduate Josh Woodrum, who has mostly served on practice teams around the league and has never thrown a regular-season pass in the NFL.

The Ravens came to terms recently with Griffin, the former first-round raft pick of the Washington Redskins and 2011 Heisman Trophy victor, to a one-year contract. The QB completed 72.5 percent of his passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, his best game of that season.

"I feel like we got a steal", Harbaugh said.

The 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last played in the league two seasons ago, in 2016, when he started five games for the Cleveland Browns. "I felt like he really wanted to be here, be a Raven". The Washington Redskins traded three first-round picks and a second-rounder to move up four spots to select him at No. 2 overall, one pick behind Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. The Ravens expressed interest in adding him last summer but ultimately passed.

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After sitting out last year, Griffin still made it clear in media interviews that he had a desire to play again, and said he came close to signing with Baltimore last year.

After being out of football past year, Griffin was more receptive in coming to Baltimore.

The Ravens now own the 16th overall selection in this year's draft. "It makes us a better football team". Team officials have talked about wanting to bring in a young quarterback to groom and raved about the depth of this year's quarterback class.

"Robert came in, had a really good workout, looked good throwing the ball, was in very good shape", Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.


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