Arizona Cardinals: Could Robert Griffin be an option?


With Kirk Cousins being named the Redskins starter, could Robert Griffin become an Arizona Cardinal?

After a promising rookie season where he won Offense Rookie of the Year, led the Redskins to the NFC East division title, and made the Pro Bowl it seemed that Robert Griffin was set to become the next NFL superstar. His next 2 seasons pointed to everything but.

Griffin has not been getting along with Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and vice versa. Their ongoing soap opera took another turn when Gruden announced that Kirk Cousins would be the starter for the regular season and going forward. With Cousins tabbed as the starter, Robert Griffin’s career with the Washington Redskins is uncertain. That being said, a number of NFL teams are interested in landing Robert Griffin if he were to be available.

If Griffin is up for trade or cut should the Arizona Cardinals look into having him joining the team? I say absolutely. Having a talent like Griffin waiting in the wings to take over for an aging Palmer would prevent the franchise from having another post-Kurt Warner situation. Griffin has stated that he would enjoy playing in a system where he would be allowed to be used more a pocket passer more often than being used as a dual threat passer.

Enter Bruce Arians. Bruce Arians is always looking for pocket passers to implement his offense. Robert Griffin prefers to play out of the pocket, and also has the big arm that Arians loves in quarterbacks. Griffin, if he were to join the Arizona Cardinals would be able to sit a year or two behind Palmer and learn the offense. With the Cardinals Griffin would not have to be rushed into playing and learning from the quarterback guru that Bruce Arians is will make Griffin the best he can be.

There are two sizable problems that would prevent Griffin from joining Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals. The first problem is would Robert Griffin be willing to sit and wait behind Carson Palmer and learn the offense? My instinct says no just because of how competitive Griffin is. The second problem is Drew Stanton. Drew Stanton was one of the first signings Arians made when he first became head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. I doubt Arians would be okay to let go of a reliable Drew Stanton to make room for an unpredictable Robert Griffin.

The general consensus regarding the possibility of Griffin joining the Cardinals was positive. A majority of people were open to the Arizona Cardinals acquiring Robert Griffin, and believe he would succeed in the desert.

While the logistics may ultimately prevent this deal from coming to fruition, it is certainly a headline to keep your eye on.

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