Is it crazy to say that the Washington Football Team has already met their QB controversy quota for the season?
Washington couldn’t even get through a half before Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with what was ultimately described as a hip subluxation. The 38-year-old is currently on injured reserve and was given a 6-8 week timetable.
The forced Taylor Heinicke into the spotlight. Though the fan favorite has made a seamless transition into the starting role — aside from a disappointing Week 3 — Fitz’s injury prompted fans to speculate whether Washington should add a viable backup.
Cam Newton’s name has been mentioned given his ties to Ron Rivera. We even ran through a list of potential fits for Washington.
If you can believe it, another name has entered the conversation.
During an appearance on the “Adam Schefter Podcast,” former QB Robert Griffin III expressed his desire to return to Washington.
Should the Washington Football Team sign Robert Griffin III?
"“First and foremost for me, I still want to play,” Griffin III told Schefter. “I’m working out, 11, 12 at night, 1 o’clock in the morning after calling games during the day because really, if it means something to you, you find a way and you find the time to get working.”“Yeah, I mean it could, to be honest. I’m sure you saw the Tweet that I put out saying, ‘Make the call’ when Ryan Fitzpatrick went down, and Taylor Heinicke — don’t get me wrong, every opportunity that he’s gotten, it’s seemed like he’s seized those moments — but for me to go back to Washington … that would have to be something that coach Ron Rivera and the team would be open to.”"
That’s A LOT to unpack. For starters, it’s awesome that Griffin III wants to return to Washington given how his initial tenure with the franchise ended. As a rookie, he looked like the next superstar at the quarterback position, leading Washington the playoffs and taking home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
However, things went downhill fast for RGIII. In the 2012 season finale, he suffered a leg injury and pushed to play in the Wild Card Game against Seattle. He clearly wasn’t healthy enough to start and wound up doing further damage to his leg and underwent reconstructive surgery that offseason.
Griffin was never the same player after that operation. His passing efficiency fell off a cliff and was seemingly always dealing with an injury. Kirk Cousins eventually supplanted him as the starter and he was released in 2016.
Despite all of those hardships, Griffin wants a second chance in DC.
So, would Washington actually consider a Griffin reunion? It’s highly unlikely, though it is worth noting that he’s one of the most intriguing names on the open market. Aside from RGIII and Cam Newton, you’re talking about guys like Blake Bortles, Matt Barkley, Ben DiNucci Nick Mullens and Trace McSorley.
We’d personally take Griffin over everybody on that list. While a deal is unlikely, Heinicke and backup Kyle Allen have extensive injury histories, so Washington should have a shortlist of contingency plan QBs at the ready.
Bottom line? If one of Heinicke or Allen go down, Washington can do a lot worse than adding a dual-threat veteran who loves the city and has taken a shine to the overdue culture turnaround enforced by Ron Rivera.
Griffin would be on our shortlist. Would he be on yours?