RUMOR: Chargers to work out QB Robert Griffin III
By Travis Wakeman
The Los Angeles Chargers may have interest in one of the most high-profile free agents on the open market.
As noted by Marc Sessler of NFL.com, Robert Griffin III is set to work out for the team on Tuesday. This is big news, as the team is set to open training camp in less than one week.
Griffin III played for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 after an unceremonious end to his stint with the Washington Redskins. His career has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride, starting with him winning the Heisman Trophy at Baylor in 2011. He then became the No. 2 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft by Washington.
Tuesday's workout with Chargers will be Robert Griffin III's first team visit this off-season. Had another visit lined up but cancelled it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2017
But the Redskins also chose Kirk Cousins in that draft and eventually, Griffin was benched in favor of Cousins. He sat on the bench for the entire 2015 season before being released in March 2016.
Looking to ressurrect his career in Cleveland, Griffin was knocked out in the season opener of the 2016 season and went on to miss the next 11 games of the year. In all, he played in just five games for the Browns, compiling a 72.5 quarterback rating while throwing just two touchdown passes.
He did lead the Browns to their only win of the season, however, and that came against the Chargers on Christmas Eve.
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Now, he could earn a role as the primary backup to Philip Rivers. Should he be signed, he’d enter a direct competition with veteran Kellen Clemens and undrafted players Mike Bercovici and Eli Jenkins.
At the very least, this shows that the Chargers may not be completely settled on what they have behind Rivers as we push closer to the start of camp.
Does RG3 have anything left in the tank? The Chargers are set to find out and this will be an interesting story to keep tabs on.