Jets Should Look Into Robert Griffin III

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I’m not exaclty sure what to make of the demotion of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. I don’t know if it is an organizational decison to shut down a guy who they believe is a future franchise cornerstone, or if it is a power play by a desperate coach in Mike Shanahan, or if it means the team has given up on their highly touted second year QB. I doubt that a team would give up on a guy with as much promise as Griffin showed last season. If I am Jets General Manager John Idzik, when the season ends, I am going to to investigate this situation.

It is no secret that the Jets have not had what you would consider a franchise passer in a generation, and that position is a glaring weaknees again this season. Given what he was able to do last season I think RG III could be a franchise quarterback.

I am not suggesting that the addition of RG III would catapult the Jets into Super Bowl contention immediately, but if a player of his caliber is even thought to be available Idzik must, at the very least, be on the phone inquiring. If he fails to at least kick the tires on Griffin he is failing to do his job.

If Griffin turns out to be available the Jets must pursue him. There’s only so far you should be willing to go on a QB who already has injury issues, but if the price is within reason he would be a tremendous upgrade at the most important position on the field. He would go a long way towards providing some credibility to a Jets offense which has been anemic most of this season, to say the least.

So herein lies the debate; how far would you go if he is available? Let’s lay out this hypothetical situation (something all sports gfans love to do): Griffin is available, the Jets win one more game this season and finish 7-9, landing them somewhere in the middle of the first round of the draft, let’s say 14th for argument’s sake. Would you be willing to move that first round pick and a late rounder (5 th or 6th) for RG III? I know I would. Anything less than that package makes this deal a no-brainer, and anything more than that would give me pause given his injury history.

I know there’s a lot of college quarterbacks with big reputations out there in this year’s draft class. There will likely be one of those QBs avaialble at 14, but that is an unproven commodity. You know that Griffin can get it done at this level.

His availability is a big ‘if’ right now. If I had to guess I’d say RG III is going nowhere,  but John Idzik must at least ask the question.

Topics: New York Jets, Robert Griffin III

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  • Paul Newbold

    With a good crop of quarterbacks coming in this year’s draft, Idzik needs to nothing of the sort. First the Jets have Geno Smith, no reason at this point to give up on him. Second, Even if they were going to move him, the price will be high. Third its quite ridiculous to assume Griffin is done with in his second year and that the team will dismiss him. Fourth, another rookie from the draft will come at a much lower price, with less “controversy” for the New York Media to feed on!
    The thought of the Jets going down this road are ludicrous!

    • James McDermott

      You can’t have it both ways. You can’t cite the good draft class and then say that they can’t give up on Geno Smith. If you think Geno is your man you don’t draft another QB in the first round. If you are inclined to bring in another QB to supplant Geno then you can make the argument about the quality of the draft class.

      One of two people will not be in Washington next season, either RG III or Mike Shanahan. I fully expect Shanahan to get the axe and Griffin to stay, but should they choose to keep Shanahan and the Jets are in the market for a QB why wouldn’t the Jets at least kick the tires on a deal for Griffin? If the price is too high you pass and draft a kid. If Griffin is available and you are looking to move on from Geno Smith to not even entertain the idea of bringing RG III in is just crazy.

      • Paul Newbold

        Either way the Jets need to draft a QB. Sanchez is gone, Garrard is not a viable option and will most likely be gone, Simms at best is a third stringer. Evaluate Geno, either draft a starter or a back up to compete. The Jets have multiple options through the draft. Geno like RG are young quarterbacks, I don’t think either of them are going anywhere next season. As you said, Shanahan is more likely gone and RG will stay. with any luck Ryan will be gone and Geno stays as well.

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