Are the Steelers a big enough brand to pry Robert Griffin III off the ESPN set?
While he is beginning his new career as a television analyst for ESPN, there is a clause in Robert Griffin III‘s contract that will allow him to leave if an option for him to play in the NFL again arises. The 2011 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Baylor and the former No. 2 overall pick by Washington has spent the last few seasons backing up Lamar Jackson on the Baltimore Ravens.
As with Finley, signing Griffin will be mostly about gathering intel on a division rival. If the Steelers want to win the AFC North again, they are going to have to keep Baltimore at bay. Though it may end up being the Cleveland Browns who win the division this year, that is another AFC North franchise Griffin has played for as well. If Roethlisberger does get hurt, Griffin could spot-start.
Ultimately, it comes down to how much Griffin values his new gig with ESPN over being a backup quarterback to Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. He would not be the future in the Steel City, but this would be another opportunity to play for a first-class organization and one that has somewhat of a realistic shot to contend for a Super Bowl in 2021. Again, this feels like a bit of a pipe dream now.
Pittsburgh may be one of the teams that could entice Griffin to get out of his ESPN TV contract.