Robert Griffin III has not appeared on an NFL roster in 2017 but, this week, the former Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Bowler revealed that his absence is not due to a lack of offers. In speaking on ESPN’s SC6 (h/t Michael David Smith of NBC’s Pro Football Talk), Griffin indicated that he had “interest” from teams prior to the start of the 2017 season.
“I had interest in the offseason. It just wasn’t the right fit and I had to make that decision for myself to say, ‘Look, if I don’t accept this offer, there’s a chance I won’t 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.”
In fact, Griffin said he “had an offer from Arizona, and also from Baltimore” while appearing on the broadcast and he went on to list some reasons why he chose not to pursue either avenue. In part due to the Colin Kaepernick saga and his NFL availability, there hasn’t been quite as much focus on Griffin III being out of the league as there likely would have been under normal circumstances but, given that he is only 27 years old, it seems crazy to think that he wouldn’t be back in the league at some point in the very near future.
Within the same interview, Griffin III said that has not “given up on 2017 yet” and, even if it seems likely that he would land somewhere in December or January, he clearly seems to be looking to return to the gridiron sooner rather than later.