Ravens agree to one-year deal with Robert Griffin III

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Griffin, who was out of football all of previous year, was signed by the Ravens on Wednesday, the team announced.

Griffin will compete for the backup job behind Flacco, replacing unrestricted free agent Ryan Mallett.

Griffin becomes the third quarterback on the Baltimore roster, joining Joe Flacco and Josh Woodrum. Griffin's last start came January 1, 2017 (Week 17 of 2016 season) in a Browns loss to Steelers. He turned 28 in February. He initially lived up to advance billing, throwing for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, five interceptions while adding 120 rushing attempts, 815 yards and seven running scores, enough to garner Offensive Rookie of the Year over Andrew Luck.

"I felt like (Griffin) really wanted to be here".

Griffin won the Heisman Trophy with Baylor before being selected second overall in the 2012 draft by the Redskins. "He's a very talented quarterback", he said. Griffin did not play last season.

Griffin is now the third quarterback on the roster.




Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said on Wednesday: "He came in last week, worked out". I really feel that way.

But next season he sustained a knee sprain during a game against the Ravens, and came off for Kirk Cousins.

Everything looked promising for Griffin until he suffered his first knee injury in the postseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh is optimistic about the signing; saying the deal was a bargain and that it improved the team. He quickly emerged as a top National Football League talent, throwing for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns along with 815 rushing yards and seven running TDs in his Rookie of the Year season.

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. I know RGIII - he'll speak to this - I felt like he really wanted to be here.

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