After remaining a free agent through the entire 2017 NFL season, Robert Griffin III set a solid example for Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2018. Just over a week after his one-year contract with the Ravens expired, NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoportreported that RGIII will return to Baltimore for the 2019 season.
The move, confirmed by the Ravens, is a two-year deal. A few hours before Rapoport’s Tweet, Nate Blogg of Barstool Sports said that RGIII was “very close” to re-signing with Baltimore, but the move was not confirmed until about 3:30 pm. Blogg had some fun with ‘Rapsheet’ on Twitter after the national beat reporter sent out his Tweet.
Last year for the Ravens, RGIII appeared in three games, all started by Jackson. He came into road games against the Falcons and Chiefs when Jackson got banged up, going a combined 2-for-6 for 21 yards.
After going through an entire season without a contract, Griffin embraced his time in Baltimore, even though he only suited up for three games. With a history of playing a similar style to that of Jackson, Griffin provided some great advice and insight that can only be of value to Jackson.
Bringing Griffin back was a predictable move and it only makes sense for the Ravens. It’s no secret that Jackson’s style of play makes him more susceptible to injuries. RGII can certainly attest to that. Hopefully Griffin’s influence helps Jackson make better decisions to help him protect his body next season.
Jackson will always be a runner, but RGIII can work with him and hopefully that translates into Jackson becoming a smarter runner.
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