After trading Matt Ryan to the Colts, the Falcons quarterback room was made up of an undrafted free agent who just finished his rookie season without any meaningful snaps. Feleipe Franks was never going to go into the 2022 season as Atlanta’s starter though. Expectedly, Terry Fontenot went out and quickly signed Marcus Mariota, then drafted Desmond Ridder, completely transforming the quarterback room.
The Falcons are likely set at the position, but there’s a hopeful free agent that wants to join Arthur Smith’s team. Making an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show via Logan Mullen of Audacy, Robert Griffin III said “a plethora of teams” contacted him after running a 4.48-second 40-yard dash at the “Run Rich Run” charity event during the NFL draft.
2:30 mark for RGIII 40-yard dash
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Griffin was highly touted coming out of Baylor and was selected second overall in the 2012 draft by Washington. He had several successful seasons under Mike and Kyle Shanahan but ultimately fizzled out after injuries derailed his career. Though Atlanta didn’t specifically reach out to RGIII, he mentioned the Falcons as a great situation for him.
“Going back home to Texas with the Dallas Cowboys, I know a lot of Washington fans don’t want to hear that, but that would be a great situation for me. The Atlanta Falcons being there with (Marcus) Mariota and (Desmond) Ridder would be a great situation for me. Going to Chicago with Justin FIelds to try to help as much as I possibly can in that quarterback room would also be a great situation.”
Griffin last played during the 2020 season with the Ravens and even started one game against the Steelers late in the year after Lamar Jackson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which was his second start in three seasons with Baltimore. Griffin went unsigned after the 2020 season and agreed to a multi-year deal with ESPN as a college football and NFL analyst.
Still, I doubt very seriously the Falcons would consider bringing the former Baylor Bear in as a reserve signal caller behind Mariota and Ridder.
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