Former Washington Commanders star made headlines with his 40-yard dash this weekend. Now he wants to make it clear that he wants the Dallas Cowboys.
Dak Prescott is Dallas’s starting quarterback, with Cooper Rush, Will Grier, and Ben DiNucci supporting him in the offseason. Although none of these quarterbacks are “premier backups,” it is three options Dallas knows well.
Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero , two NFL media insiders, recently said that Dallas could still upgrade its QB and that the Cowboys might have been interested third-round pick QB Malik Willis. Robert Griffin III, a former Washington and Baltimore Ravens quarterback, made it clear that he would like to return to Texas.
After running a 4.48 40 yard dash in support of the “Run Rich Run” event at the 2022 NFL Draft, Griffin spoke to Rich Eisen. Former Baylor Bear said that NFL teams had been in touch but didn’t name specific franchises. He did express a desire to play in Dallas.
“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. The Atlanta Falcons being there with (Marcus) Mariota and (Desmond) Ridder would be a great situation for me. 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.”
Griffin has a lot more NFL experience than any Cowboys currently available, but he does have a significant red flag.
Griffin came out from Baylor with the Heisman Trophy and a lot of hype. Washington selected Griffin as the QB with the 2nd overall pick in 2012 NFL Draft. He quickly became a talk-show host.
Griffin and Washington were 9-6 with Washington completing 65.6%. He completed 3200 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions. His season ended in a terrible manner. Washington and Mike Shanahan, then his head coach, played Griffin through injury. This led to MCL and ACL surgeries after a rookie Pro Bowl year.
Griffin’s time in Washington was not as successful as his time with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. PFR shows Griffin’s record of 7-20 in 27 starts, throwing for 6072 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also had 25 interceptions.
Griffin was unsigned in free agency in 2021 before joining ESPN as an analyst on-screen.
Griffin is currently contracted to ESPN for the rest of 2022. However, if Griffin gets a chance to return to the league, it shouldn’t be a problem. Griffin’s contract, as his employer stated allows him to play again.
Griffin discussed the possibility of leaving the network at the time he signed the first deal.
Per Bleacher report, Griffin stated that “ESPN has been fantastic through this entire process and understanding I still want to play.” If this opportunity is not available, I will give everything I have to ESPN.
First, you have to find the opportunity. It could be a memorable Lone Star State reunion if the Cowboys feel Griffin is worth the effort.