The New York Jets came into the 2016 NFL offseason with the intentions of looking around at quarterbacks. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been expected to return to New York, but with the Denver Broncos’ interest in him that has become a question mark. One quarterback that the Jets are interested in is former Washington Redskins’ No. 2 overall pick, Robert Griffin III.
According to a report from Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Griffin has met with the Jets twice so far this offseason.
QB Robert Griffin III had dinner with Jets officials last night, and is meeting with the team again today at the facility, per sources.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 12, 2016
Griffin was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft behind Andrew Luck. He was expected to be a superstar for the Redskins, but health issues caught him and held him back. Washington can’t say that they were too disappointed with how he played when he was healthy, but they simply couldn’t depend on him.
Throughout the 37 regular season games that Griffin played with Washington, he completed 63.9 percent of his pass attempts for 8,097 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions. He also picked up 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Those numbers show that he is a capable NFL quarterback, and he was able to lead the Redskins to the playoffs during his rookie season.
That being said, Griffin would be a perfect pickup for the Jets and they should strongly consider signing him to compete for their starting job.
New York just missed the playoffs last season with a 10-6 record and are trending the right direction. Head coach Todd Bowles has changed the outlook for the franchise and there is a special feeling surrounding the Jets.
Looking at the numbers, Griffin could get back to being the type of quarterback that can power his team to a playoff appearance. Health hasn’t been on his side lately, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t turn things around. Griffin is still just 26-years-old, which leads to plenty of hope that a change of scenery can help him get back on track.
New York has an excellent offense to surround Griffin with, as well. They were able to sign free agent running back Matt Forte earlier this offseason, who would complement Griffin very well. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker are a better one-two punch at the wide receiver position than Griffin had to work with during his stint in Washington.
Having a coaching staff that believes in him and wants him to succeed would be a major plus for Griffin as well.
A recent article at the Inquisitr suggested that the Jets and San Francisco 49ers could be two potential landing spots for Griffin. Chip Kelly’s offense would make a lot of sense for Griffin, but they don’t have the offense that the Jets have to offer.
It will be very intriguing to see what the rest of the offseason has in store for Griffin. New York likely hasn’t given up on re-signing Fitzpatrick just yet, but they are obvious doing their homework on other quarterbacks in case he signs elsewhere. Griffin is one of the most talented quarterbacks available and could very well break out with a fresh start.
Obviously, the two sides are seriously interested in each other if they have met twice. Griffin hasn’t received a ton of interest thus far from the sound of things, which makes the Jets look like even more of a suitor.
There is a good chance that more teams will show interest in Griffin before everything is said and done. He is too talented for teams not to at the very least consider giving him an offer. New York has been the most talked about team with interest in him to this point in free agency, which makes them the current front-runner to sign him.
Do you think that Robert Griffin III would be a perfect fit with the New York Jets? Could a fresh start with the Jets help Griffin turn his career around?
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