LAST year I said that we don’t need another injury prone, retread QB. I may have spoken out of turn and been wrong there. Redskins QB Robert Griffin might be exactly what we need in 2016. What’s more he could be ours for the taking.
While Griffin’s injury history may have taken away his ability to be an electrifying runner, he still has more than enough mobility to be dangerous. Particularly in West Coast Offense. That immediately loosens things on the inside for RB’s DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews in 2016. And unlike Colin Kaepernick (whom some fans wanted), Griffin actually possesses the ability to read defenses.
Sam Bradford sucks as a starter. He lacks the heart to harness the obvious talent in his arm. Treading water with him might be fine if not for his expiring contract. He’s already being overpaid this year, and he’ll be looking for either more money on a short deal, or less money on a longer deal. His career so far indicates that he’s worth neither. He’s simply not a starter and should by no means be paid like one. Griffin on the other hand is a player we can and should sign.
First the “CAN” part:
Griffin has a 5th year option on his ‘skins contract for which he’d be owed 16 million. Now that Kirk Cousins is definitely their starter, keeping 16 million on the bench makes no sense. Especially since Cousins’ contract expires after this year, and so he’ll be calling for a contract in the 10 – 15 million dollar range. The ‘skins simply can’t afford to keep Griffin, so expect him to be a Free Agent in March.
Now the “SHOULD” part:
We need a QB, and with the rapid deterioration of Tony Romo in Dallas, the Cowboys also need a QB. If we leave Griffin out there, Dallas likely snaps him up. If he flops it’s no big deal, but if he doesn’t we’ll have stood by as they re-armed. Not only that, but Washington is making a move to no longer be a bottom feeder in the East. If we grab Griffin, we get a player that can give us deeper details on everything the ‘skins run on offense. Not just the stuff coaches see on film, but the why and how of they build it in practices. To our Defensive Coordinator, Griffin would be worth three times his weight in gold twice a year.
If we grab Griffin the top remaining market for Dallas consists of guys like Bradford, Mark Sanchez, and maybe even a trade for Johnny Manziel. So a grab for Griffin is a building block to upgrade the entire Offense, while saving us a draft pick to boot. Better still, if he signs with us (or Dallas) he gets to stick it to Washington (i.e. Jay Gruden) twice a year. I’m not sure what he can do for Dallas, but his presence alone would make our run game much deadlier, even without a big upgrade at Guard.
It would be stupid not to make the move.