At this point, the NFL is trolling us all. That’s the only way to explain the fact that Robert Griffin III has returned to the league while Colin Kaepernick is still banging on the door. The NFL might as well hang a sign at its New York offices that reads, “Kaepernick is never getting back in.”
The Baltimore Ravens announced on Wednesday that they’ve signed Griffin, the one-time superstar quarterback whose rapid career downturn was a stunner. After waiting all last season for an offer that never came, Griffin got a one-year deal to be starter Joe Flacco’s backup.
The Ravens hope they’ll succeed where both the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns failed. And if they rebuild Griffin’s game, if the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL’s 2012 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year makes it all the way back, the Ravens could have a potential long-term replacement already on the roster for Flacco. For his part, Griffin is thankful to be wanted again.
“The Ravens have blessed me with an opportunity, it’s an opportunity to get back in the game, so I’m excited about that,” Griffin told The Undefeated by phone Wednesday. “It’s an opportunity to be a part of a great organization, grow with the team and learn from Joe.”
Since Flacco, who’ll be entering his 11th season, led Baltimore to the 2013 Super Bowl championship, the team has qualified for the postseason only once. The past three seasons, the Ravens have missed the playoffs. Last season, Flacco, 33, posted a 43.0 Total QBR — his lowest mark since his rookie season. It ranked 23rd out of 30 rated passers.