The Washington Post published an article earlier today in which several analysts talk about how to fix Robert Griffin III.
Everybody seems to have some kind of advice for Robert Griffin, and the suggestions offered range from what he needs to do to succeed, what kind of contract he should be looking for, whether he should be looking for a starting role, the type of offense he should look for, and finally, which team he should be looking to join.
And that's where the Cowboys enter the equation. Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley and ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark both suggest Dallas as a good fit for Griffin.
Cooley: "I’ll tell you where he’s going to go: He’s going to go to Dallas. He’s going to have a conversation with Jerry Jones in which Jerry Jones is going to say, ‘I want you, I believe in you, Tony’s not going to make it very much longer, he’s probably not going to make it this year, and I believe you can do it.’ And Jerry will show him more belief than any other owner, and he’s going to like that ownership belief, because he’s had ownership belief in the past. Not just a GM, not just a coach saying we like you. He’s going to like it from the highest level, which is the only place he’s going to get it from. The Dallas Cowboys have the only owner that will come and talk to him."
Clark: "[He could] go to Dallas and be a backup and learn from a guy who was un-drafted, who had to come from the bottom and understand his skill-set in order to play. So I think it would be the safer bet for the Dallas Cowboys. He’s better than Kellen Moore. … He’s going to get [another chance]. Did you see the Dallas Cowboys when Romo went out? If he can’t outplay any of those guys, then that’s trouble."
Obviously, this is not the first time RGIII has been linked to Dallas, but both Cooley and Clark make interesting points. Jerry Jones for example hasn't been shy about his fondness for Griffin, even if that fondness may be based in large part on his recollection of a Week 17 game in 2012, which the Cowboys lost to the Redskins.
"Well, I'm a fan of RGIII," Jones said on NFL Network in 2014. "Right on this field two years ago, or maybe it was three seasons ago, he put on a show and had a game that just floored me. And they won, and they won in large part because of his play at quarterback. I thought 'my goodness, and we're going to have to be playing this guy for years and years.' And so he's got it.
"Once you see a player do it, especially if you see him do it two or three times, you know he can do it. And of course he's a driven young man. I'm a big admirer of RGIII."
In the right environment, he could rediscover the form that let him take the NFL by storm in 2012. In Dallas, he'd likely sit behind Tony Romo for the next two years, which would give him time to learn how to pass from the pocket, a prerequisite for his future in the NFL. And with Romo's injury history, Griffin would probably get a few starts here and there anyway. And given how low the bar has been set in Dallas for backup QBs, there's virtually no way for Griffin to disappoint.
The Cowboys could lure the 25-year old Griffin with the promise of a starting spot after Tony Romo's eventual retirement, and might construct a contract accordingly. Joel Corry, a former sports agent and NFL contracts expert, argued in the same Washington Post article that Griffin could be looking at contract with a ceiling of $5-6 million for a maximum of two years.
Last year's No. 4 overall pick, WR Amari Cooper, signed a four-year, $22.6 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. That averages out to an average annual salary of $5.7 million, all of which is guaranteed. If the Cowboys were to draft a QB with their fourth pick, that's the type of money they would have to pay their rookie, so from a cap point of view, Griffin will be just as expensive as a rookie QB, except that if the Cowboys were to sign Griffin, they could use the fourth pick on another blue-chip talent. That's the kind of logic that drives some Cowboys fans to the drink and Jerry Jones to the phone to make a deal.
In a recent interview with SI.com, Troy Aikman said he believes either Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin will be in Dallas as a backup next season. I think we can safely rule out Manziel, which leaves us with Griffin as Romo's backup in Dallas next season. Should we start getting used to that idea?
Could this be what Jerry Jones has in store for the Boys in 2016? pic.twitter.com/za9yoBKLWP— Joe Gemma (@JoeDGemma) January 4, 2016