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Teams Who Could Trade for Robert Griffin III


After being benched for Colt McCoy (Colt McCoy!), it seems as though the writing is on the wall for the former savior of the Washington RedskinsRobert Griffin III. It has been a shocking fall from grace since the Redskins traded a king’s ransom to move up and select RGIII second overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

With rumors swirling that the current asking price for Griffin is just a fourth or fifth round pick, there is no doubt the Redskins will begin receiving a few calls looking to acquire the once most-promising young quarterback. Sure, there are a few teams who would benefit from having RGIII as a backup, but let’s take a look at the teams who could be possible landing spots for the lowly quarterback.

Tennessee Titans (currently 2-10)

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In terms of what is best for RGIII, this could be one of the perfect opportunities for the 24-year old QB. Considering the success that Titans’ head coach Ken Wisenhunt has had with quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers), why not take a chance on Griffin? The current tandem of Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehurst under center has been atrocious this season and there appear to be no “must-have” signal callers in the upcoming draft either. Acquiring RGIII could give Wisenhunt and the Titans an acceptable quarterback to build the franchise around.

Considering how much the Titans have struggled this season, expectations would not be too high for Griffin in Tennessee – a welcoming departure from the expectations that came along with his drafting in Washington. Though the Titans rank 22nd allowing 33 sacks on the year, the offensive line has been a rebuilding project for the past two season. Acquiring RGIII before the upcoming draft would allow the Titans to continue building without being forced to use a coveted high draft pick on a quarterback.

New York Jets (2-10)

New York Jets Rex Ryan

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The Jets and RGIII really are in the same position as both are in need of a fresh start. Neither Geno Smith nor Michael Vick are the answer in New York and everyone knows it. Like the Titans (and many of the other teams on this list), the Jets have many holes in need of filling before having any shot at becoming a contender again. With RGIII, they would be buying themselves some time. It wouldn’t be expected of Griffin to return the franchise to the playoffs within the first few years, giving him time to rebuild his confidence and production as well.

On a more selfish note, the possibilities of watching Griffin and Percy Harvin develop together could provide some amazing entertainment. Adding Eric Decker to the mix shows that Griffin would hardly be void of weapons on a team that has been incredibly stagnant on offense this season.

St. Louis Rams (5-7)

Sam Bradford Out For Season

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This could quietly be a match made in heaven. The Rams have shown this year that they are on the verge of being a very good football team – they have beaten the Seahawks, 49ers and Broncos while nearly beating the Cowboys, Eagles and Chargers. One thing this team has lacked since Jeff Fisher arrived was a true quarterback under center. No disrespect to Sam Bradford, but he is not the answer.

Having receivers like Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Chris Givens would open up a lot of possibilities for RGIII. For many, the thought of RGIII to St. Louis wouldn’t even cross their minds. St. Louis is often an after-thought in the NFL, but their passionate and loyal fans could be exactly what RGIII needs. Not to mention a coach in Fisher who has shown himself to be loyal in the past. It wouldn’t be the sexy choice for media attention, but it could be a mutually beneficial acquisition for all parties involved.

Buffalo Bills (7-5)

iAwards: 6 NFL Awards Inspired by the iPhone 6 Sammy Watkins

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I said this before and I’ll say it again – benching EJ Manuel for Kyle Orton means there is no going back for Doug Marrone and the Buffalo Bills. I just don’t see anyway this team goes back to Manuel in the future and we all know Orton isn’t the long-term answer either. That could leave the door open for RGIII.

The Bills are a team taking big strides this year in their hopes of becoming a legitimate contender. Having RGIII behind center could be a welcoming sight for fans and coaches alike. Even though he has struggled lately, Griffin is still a better quarterback than Manuel and Orton. Not to mention the excitement a healthy and successful RGIII could provide with the electric Sammy Watkins.

Buffalo has not had a marquee quarterback since their days of Jim Kelly, 2015 might be the perfect time to end that drought.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-10)

Mike Evans Fantasy Football Mailbag

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There isn’t anyone walking around Raymond James Stadium with “I believe in Mike Glennon!” or “I believe in Josh McCown!” shirts on. That isn’t to say there aren’t playmakers on that offense, however. Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson are powerful receivers and, when healthy, Doug Martin can be a premier back.

Lovie Smith needs a franchise quarterback, and we have stated that there isn’t a surefire signal caller in this year’s coming draft. To be frank, Smith has yet to have a true franchise quarterback under center with whom he can trust. In his time as a head coach, these are the QBs he has worked with:

Chad Hutchinson, Kyle Orton, Rex Grossman, Brian Greise, Jay Cutler, Josh McCown and Mike Glennon. Of those, only Cutler could be considered a franchise quarterback – and that is saying something. RGIII might be a work in process at the moment, but that is a risk the struggling Bucs should be willing to take.

Additional Teams

OAKLAND: I threw around the idea of Oakland Raiders just because using a draft pick to acquire RGIII seems like the most Raiderian (?) thing to do. With that being said, I am a huge fan of what Derek Carr has done this year despite less than desirable results. With that being said, RGIII wouldn’t know what to do with a successful offensive line like Oakland has (6th in the NFL with 19 sacks allowed).

HOUSTON: This was another team I strongly considered, but after traded for Ryan Mallett this year, could they really afford to acquire yet another question mark? Seems more likely that the Texans will draft another quarterback at some point for the future. For RGIII, Houston’s 4th ranked rushing attack could be quite alluring.

 

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Grant E. Doepel

Grant E. Doepel

Founder at Sports Grumble
Editor in Chief and co-founder of Riverfront City Sports and Sports Grumble, Doepel is a Cincinnati native who lives and breathes Queen City sports. A University of the Cumberlands graduate with degrees in Journalism and Communication Arts, Doepel still resides in the Greater Cincinnati area to provide easy access to the riverfront stadiums.
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