NFL rumors have been swirling around Robert Griffin III from the moment that Kirk Cousins captured the starting quarterback position for the Washington Redskins. Many wanted to see which National Football League team is going to give the former Baylor Bears star a chance to resurrect his career. According to SB Nation, the San Francisco 49ers might be the team that enables Griffin III to prove that he still belongs in the NFL.
After a couple of years dominating the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers are a team that’s trying to fix problems and get things back to normal. They lost Jim Harbaugh to the Michigan Wolverines because he and Niners general manager Trent Baalke could not get along. Several Niners players – including Justin Smith, Anthony Davis, Chris Borland, and Patrick Willis – also decided to prematurely retire from the National Football League.
One of the biggest positions in shambles for the San Francisco 49ers is at quarterback. At one point in time, Colin Kaepernick looked like one of the best players in the NFL. That was back when he had a strong supporting cast surrounding him and Jim Harbaugh in his ears. The Niners benched him last season in favor of Blaine Gabbert. Reports have surfaced that Kaepernick would love to get a release from the San Francisco so he can sign with the Los Angeles Rams.
Blaine Gabbert isn’t the long-term solution for the San Francisco 49ers. He was always viewed as the stopgap solution while the Niners try to find their quarterback of the future. Gabbert isn’t a bad player by any means. However, if San Francisco wants to make it back to the Super Bowl, then they’re going to need to find a quarterback that can produce more wins than what Blaine is capable of doing.
Robert Griffin III has seen his name value drop over the years. However, he’s just 26 years old, and he once showed enough potential to win the NFL Rookie of the Year award. Griffin has now received his official release from the Washington Redskins, so he should be cleared to talk to other teams soon. With so many teams in the National Football League desperate for a quality quarterback, the San Francisco 49ers should give him a call as soon as possible.
Jim Tomsula ran a pretty basic offense when he was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Chip Kelly is a lot more dynamic of an offensive mind. His system has been known to make quarterbacks appear much better than they really are. That sounds like a very favorable situation for Robert Griffin III, who needs to repair his name value. Kelly would fully utilize the passing and running skills of Griffin III, so he might become one of the top NFL stars again.
Another reason why the San Francisco 49ers might be really appealing to Robert Griffin is because they should have a solid running game and potentially dominant defense to back him up. Carlos Hyde showed flashes of being a Pro Bowl player when healthy, and Jerrod Haynes should improve now that he has NFL experience. Navorro Bowman is back to being one of the best linebackers in the league after recovering from a serious ACL injury, and San Francisco will add some pieces to help him on defense.
One thing that’s for sure is that Robert Griffin III will receive another chance in the NFL. He and his agent will look around to see what the best fit is going to be. Griffin III is not opposed to being a backup quarterback, but he would much rather start if that opportunity was there. The San Francisco 49ers can provide him with that opportunity.
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