Robert Griffin III back in the NFL

Former Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Bowl quarterback Robert Griffin III is the last signal caller to lead the Cleveland Browns to a victory. He will compete for a backup spot with the Baltimore Ravens.

Kahron Spearman

In a surprising move, the Baltimore Ravens have signed quarterback Robert Griffin III to a one-year agreement and will compete for a backup job.


Baltimore initially brought Griffin in to throw to free-agent receivers for a tryout last week, with the Ravens coming away impressed with his throwing. It led to an additional conversation, leading to the former No. 2 overall pick being signed.

After winning the Heisman Trophy, Griffin was the second overall pick in the 2012 draft (after oft-injured Colts quarterback Andrew Luck) and was on schedule to be Washington's franchise player at quarterback. He was the league's offensive rookie of the year, and made the Pro Bowl and All-Rookie team in 2012.


His promise was cut short after he severely injured his knee in a Wild Card playoff game and was never the same player. The Redskins eventually cut him in 2016, and he later played five games with the Browns. He's the last quarterback to win a game in Cleveland.

You look at the veteran quarterbacks out there, where we're at right now, I'm pretty excited about this player. I'm really feeling like we got a steal. I really feel that way.

John Harbargh: Balitmore Ravens Head coach