Negotiations between the New York Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick have hit a wall and the team must prepare for other plans at the quarterback position. Former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III could become an intriguing option for the Jets.
Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted, “Major QB development: former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is scheduled to visit the NY Jets later today, league source tells ESPN.” Robert Griffin III is coming off a season in which he was benched in favor of Kirk Cousins and spent the entire season on the sideline. Griffin has fully recovered from his injuries and is looking for another opportunity in the NFL with a chance to start.
Griffin III is a highly intriguing player in comparison to Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick provides more stability at the quarterback position, but Griffin III has tremendous upside that greatly exceeds Fitzpatrick. Griffin III would be walking into to an offense with big bodied wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker along with newly signed running back Matt Forte.
Charley Casserly, former general manager of the Washington Redskins & Houston Texans believes Chan Gailey could be a good fit for Griffin III and the Jets. Casserly tweeted, “I think @RGIII and Chan Gailey #nyjets would be a good match @nflnetwork.”
Griffin III will come significantly cheaper than whatever Fitzpatrick is hoping to get from the Jets or any other team in free agency. The upside and more cost effective contract may be an opportunity the Jets should consider taking advantage of. If Fitzpatrick does not return to the Jets, the team must take a serious look at adding Robert Griffin III.