Robert Griffin III signs with Redskins

July, 18, 2012
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See? There was never anything to worry about, Washington Redskins fans. Just as it was always a 100 percent certainty he would, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has signed his contract in plenty of time for training camp. The No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft is now free to report to Ashburn this week and work out with his fellow Redskins rookies, and he'll be slinging the ball around next Thursday when the team begins its training-camp practices.

Griffin III
Multiple reports say the deal is for four years, $21,119,098 and fully guaranteed, which means no "offset language." That last was reportedly the sticking point, as teams prefer to include the offset language so that, if they cut the player during the life of the deal and another team signs him, they get a refund equivalent to whatever that new team is paying him. Griffin's agents argued against the offset language and won, which means that if Griffin is cut before the end of this deal and signs somewhere else, he'll still get the full amount from Washington plus whatever his new team is paying him.

Which is all ridiculous to even talk about, of course, since the Redskins traded three first-round picks and a second-round pick for Griffin and if they have to cut him in the next four years they have far bigger problems than how to make up a couple hundred grand.

Regardless, while the new CBA limits the ability of the top draft picks to cash in to the extent that many of their recent predecessors have, it remains pretty cool to be the No. 2 pick in the draft if you can get your $21 million fully guaranteed. All that's left for Griffin is to meet the awesome expectations that have been placed on him. It is time for the young man to get to work.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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