Could Robert Griffin III sign with the Cowboys? QB says NFL teams have called after 40 time

Could Robert Griffin III sign with the Cowboys? QB says NFL teams have called after 40 time

Robert Griffin III has been an ESPN analyst over the past year, but there’s a chance he could go from analyzing the NFL to playing in it again.

The former second overall pick said on the “Rich Eisen Show” that after he ran a 4.48 40 time in Eisen’s recent charity event, Run Rich Run, he’s had some calls from NFL teams. Griffin said he’s still young at 32 years old and would have interest in returning to the NFL, if given the chance.

“We see guys like Tom Brady playing until they’re 45,” Griffin said when asked if he still wanted to play. “Now he’s got seven Super Bowl rings, so that kind of plays into that, and I don’t have any. But the desire to play is still there. I’ve just been blessed that ESPN has given me an opportunity to do what I’ve done for the past eight months in the broadcast world while also understanding that I still have a desire to play.”

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Griffin said he could sign on with a team that has a younger quarterback in a role to serve as a mentor that could also play if needed. He said he would be coming into offseason minicamps and training camps if he signed with a team.

The former Washington quarterback listed the Cowboys, Falcons and Bears as teams that he believes would be the best fits for him.

“Going back home to Texas with the Dallas Cowboys, I know a lot of Washington fans don’t want to hear that, but that would be a great situation for me,” Griffin said. “The Atlanta Falcons being there with Mariota and Ridder would be a great situation for me and going to Chicago with Justin Fields to try to help as much as I possibly can in that quarterback room would also be a great situation.”

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Griffin has not appeared in the NFL since 2020, when he was a backup for the Ravens. He started one game and appeared in three others, posting a 57.1 completion percentage, 42 passing yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, while rushing 12 times for 69 yards.

After winning the Heisman Trophy at Baylor in the 2011 season, Griffin was drafted second overall by Washington in 2012 and had a historic rookie season, completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, five interceptions and rushing 120 times for 815 yards and seven more scores. His 102.4 passer rating and 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio were records (at the time) for rookies.

Griffin dealt with knee injuries at the end of the 2012 season, however, and struggled in his sophomore campaign. An ankle injury cut his 2014 season in half and he dealt with further injuries in 2015 that ultimately led to him becoming the backup to Kirk Cousins. Griffin was released and signed with the Browns, where he had a brief five-game stint. He was released by Cleveland in 2017 and would not return to the NFL until 2018. He was with Baltimore for three years as a backup, but was waived after the 2020 season. He has been a college football and NFL analyst with ESPN since the start of the 2021 season.

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For Griffin to run a 4.48 40 time puts him in a limited company among quarterbacks in the NFL. Stathead lists only seven quarterbacks that have posted a 4.48 time or better at the NFL Combine, one of them being Griffin when he tied Michael Vick’s QB-record 4.33.

Quarterback Year 40 time
Robert Griffin III 2012 4.33
Michael Vick 2001 4.33
Reggie McNeal 2006 4.40
Justin Fields 2021 4.45
Marcus Vick 2006 4.47
Tyrod Taylor 2011 4.47
Vince Young 2006 4.48

Griffin’s time and athleticism could make him an intriguing option for a team to sign, especially in a role as a mentor as he mentioned with dual-threat quarterbacks beginning to become more prominent in the league.