A former Washington Redskins teammate of quarterback Robert Griffin III believes the probable free agent will sign with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason due to owner Jerry Jones.
When free agency begins next month, the Dallas Cowboys are expected to be very active. Especially when it comes to finding a reserve veteran quarterback that can lead them to more than one win as three different back-ups did in 2014. With a 36-year old starting quarterback under center in Tony Romo, who is coming off a year where he was only able to play in four games due to two different collarbone injuries, finding a quality back-up is paramount this offseason.
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Of all the names being floated out there in the massive world of internet speculation, two continue to make the headlines consistently. Those names are of course Cleveland Brown problem-child and second year quarterback Johnny Manziel. And former 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year and current Washington Redskin Robert Griffin III. Both players are former Heisman winners out of Texas, and both are expected to become free agents this offseason.
After another recent run-in with the law, the final petal on the rose carried by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have fallen off it’s stem where his love for Manziel is concerned. But it could be that very same passion demonstrated by Jones that lands RG3 in Dallas this offseason. At least that’s what one former teammate of Griffin’s believes.
"“I’ll tell you where he’s going to go: He’s going to go to Dallas,” former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley to The Washington Post. “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.”"
As for the Griffin vs. Manziel debate, RG3 seems to always come out on top. He’s only 25-years old and Robert’s proven he can play at a high level in this league before. Manziel hasn’t proven anything in his first two seasons other than he can get into trouble, and he comes with a lot of off-the-field baggage. Griffin has none of that luggage, but still has his issues. Those mainly surround his injury history that has apparently robbed him of his speed, which helped him record 815 rushing yards and seven touchdowns back in 2012.
Griffin, who lost his starting job to Kirk Cousins, didn’t play a single snap in 2015 after participating in only nine games the year before. Injuries, plus a falling out with both the Redskins coaching staff and their front office, have relegated the former Baylor Bear to the end of the bench in the nation’s capital. And Griffin’s 2016 scheduled salary of $16.2 million likely means he’ll become a cap casualty and released by the team in March.
As for Griffin in Dallas, the Cowboys are likely the ideal fresh start for the talented quarterback. With roots in Texas, he has an existing fan base and thus a solid support system there already. Plus, sitting behind Romo means the onus of the offense isn’t on RG3 shoulders from day one. But Cooley is right. The biggest selling point could be Jerry Jones, who absolutely loves to cater to his players. Jones’ passion, openness and salesmanship are his best qualities. No other owner in the league will shower Griffin with the kind of attention he craves as much as Jerry will.
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