Washington Redskins Breaking News: Second Overall Pick Robert Griffin III Signs Pro Contract

on July 18 2012 9:21 AM
Washington Redskins Breaking News: Second Overall Pick Robert Griffin III Signs Pro Contract

NFL.com is reporting that 2012 second overall draft pick Robert Griffin III has finally signed his rookie contract with the Washington Redskins.

The terms of the deal are said to include $21,119,098 guaranteed money spread across four years.

The news is welcome relief for Redskins fans as Griffin had missed the first two days of the team's rookie training camp. Any fears of a potential holdout have been quashed by the quick deal.

Griffin is seen as the saviour for a franchise that has been blighted by quarterback troubles, ever since Mark Rypien led them to their third and final Super Bowl triumph, following the 1991 season.

Head Coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen are counting on Griffin to salvage a rebuilding project that has so far yielded only 11 wins in two years.

The Redskins traded a second round pick in April's draft, as well as first-round picks for the next two years, to the St. Louis Rams, for the right to select Griffin.

Shanahan needs improved performance at quarterback after a two season debacle involving an ill-fated trade for Donovan McNabb and an embarrassing flip flop between Rex Grossman and John Beck.

He will be hoping Griffin can provide an anaemic Redskins offense with a signal caller possessing legitimate playmaking skills. The Heisman Trophy winning, ex-Baylor star is a strong-armed, quick release passer and can also terrorise defenses as a runner.

That mobility will be key in a Shanahan-designed offense, built on moving the quarterback out of the pocket and the play action pass. Griffin has plenty of weapons to make the system work, with tight end Fred Davis, running back Roy Helu and free agent wideout Pierre Garcon at his disposal.

If he can make a quick start to life in the NFL, Griffin can revitalise a sputtering offense that was one of the worst in the league at stretching the field in 2011.

If Griffin lives up to his hefty trade value, the Redskins could soon light up scoreboards this season.