NFL Rumors: Houston Texans Acquiring Robert Griffin III

NFL rumors surrounding the future of Robert Griffin III has been going on for much of the past season, as the former Heisman Trophy winner sat on the sidelines while Kirk Cousins took over the reigns of the Washington Redskins. With management all but saying that Griffin III is done with the team, he’ll have a new home in the NFL next season. According to the New York Post, RGIII could find himself with the Houston Texans.

The Washington Redskins don’t quite know who their starting quarterback is going to be next season, as negotiations with Kirk Cousins has not gone as well as they had expected. Despite having just one good season in the NFL under his belt, the former Michigan State Spartans star wants to be paid like one of the elite quarterbacks. The only thing that the Redskins do know for sure is that Robert Griffin III will not be in the mix when the season starts.

Redskins star Kirk Cousins
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Long gone are the days when there were several franchise quarterbacks roaming the NFL. Nowadays, teams are happy if they can find someone that can be a game manager and not screw things up too badly that the defense and running game cannot salvage things. There’s a reason why the Philadelphia Eagles overpaid Sam Bradford recently. That bodes well for Robert Griffin III, because it means that someone will more than likely give him a chance.

The Houston Texans have long been searching for a franchise quarterback. They thought they had one in Matt Schaub, whom they traded for after a successful stint as the Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback behind Michael Vick. Schaub was doing fine for the team until his confidence was taken away from him. After that, he was a shell of his former self, and the Texans were left seeking a qualified starter since.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub
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During the 2015 season, the Houston Texans attempted to get by with mediocre quarterbacks. Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, TJ Yates, and Brandon Weeden were all given a chance to run the team, but none of them were successfully able to capture the job. Despite their struggles at one of the most important positions in the NFL, the Texans still managed to make the playoffs, where they were humiliated by the Kansas City Chiefs during an AFC Wild Card Playoffs game.

A marriage between Robert Griffin III and the Houston Texans seem like a perfect fit on paper. The franchise was able to contend without having an NFL quality quarterback, while the former Baylor Bears star is looking for a second chance in football. Griffin III and his agent know the scenario that they’re currently in, so they’re not going to be commanding a whole bunch of money to get a second chance, which is perfectly fine with the Texans.

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Quarterbacks love it when they have a defense that can make up for their mistakes. Trent Dilfer was able to win a Super Bowl because Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and the dominating Baltimore Ravens defense made the game much easier on the mediocre offense. JJ Watt isn’t just considered one of the best defensive players in the NFL, he’s considered an overall great. His squad can often handle games where Griffin III is regressing and having a bad day.

Aside from having an awesome defense to back him up, Robert Griffin III would be stepping into a favorable situation with the Houston Texans. The team already boasts DeAndre Hopkins, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He can catch just about anything thrown his way. Plus, the Texans have $42 million in salary cap space, which can build a pretty nice supporting cast around Griffin III.

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