Is RG III Delusional, Or Does He Still Have An NFL Future?

    The tragic, tumultuous  journey of Robert Griffin III – from transcending superstar QB to misunderstood, injury prone fallen idol – has taken another interesting turn. RG3, who has been no more than a serviceable QB since he took the NFL world by storm in 2012 and then a series of injuries dimmed the light on his shining star after, really just one incredible season, has not signed with any team since being released by the Cleveland Browns in March. He told ESPN that he turned down offers to join the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens. 

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    Robert Griffin III has turned down offers from the Arizona Cardinals and the Baltimore Ravens. #RavensFlock #BeRedSeeRed Apparently RG3 didn’t like the amount of QBs practicing in Arizona. And as for the Ravens, he didn’t feel ready for Baltimore’s offense.

    I had an offer from Arizona, and also from Baltimore, Griffin said. 

    Griffin has not given up hope on signing with a team in time for a possible postseason run.

    “I had interest in the offseason, he added. It just wasnt the right fit and I had to make that decision for myself to say, Look, if I dont accept this offer, theres a chance I wont play football this year. And I would talk to my family, and I was OK with that, OK with the fact that it might happen.

    Griffin, who has 8,983 yards with 42 touchdowns and 26 picks in his career, last played for a putrid Browns team on Jan. 1, 2017. He finished last season with just five games played and 87 completed passes for 886 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions before injuring  his collarbone. He did return to lead the Browns to their only win of the dismal season. 

    If this was 2015, then maybe some folks would be excited, but some think RGIIIs best days are behind him and word on the streets is hes not that well-liked in the locker room. 

    With all of the injuries hes sustained, it might be best for him to just chill on any comeback attempt. Hes still young, articulate and somewhat of a name, so maybe broadcasting is in his future. 

    But as far as an NFL comeback goes, his style of play has already proven to be detrimental to his well being. With the shaky state of NFL quarterbacks, he probably could be a backup for someone, but at this point, RGIII seems to have a way more positive opinion of his capabilities than the rest of the NFL. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.