The search for the 2016 Los Angeles Rams quarterback is underway. With rumors connecting the team to Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III, it wouldnt be shocking if the team made a move within the next couple of days.
According to Vincent Bonsignore who is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News, the former Washington Redskins quarterback who the Rams traded away the opportunity to draft, is “very interested” in joining the team’s 2016 roster.
"“Robert Griffin III “very much” wants to play for the Rams in Los Angeles, a source close to the situation indicated Thursday.The fit seems natural, although it comes with risk after RG3 lost his starting job with the Washington Redskins and was ultimately released last week after four seasons in D.C.”"
Now, Griffin wanting to join the Rams and him actually joining the Rams are two different things. The Rams still would need to have interest and be willing to pay Griffin however much it is going to take to get him.
While he had a good rookie season, Griffin hasn’t done a lot since. He has torn his ACL depriving him of the mobility that he so much relies on. Because of this it has forced him to be able to read a defense and throw from the pocket, something he hasn’t been able to do. NFL defenses have figured him out, and he hasn’t adjusted.
Griffin has also had difficulties when it comes to the locker room. He has had troubles with not one, but two coaches and players in the past haven’t necessarily like him. Former Redskin tight end has this to say about Griffin off the field:
"“The offensive line did not like Robert Griffin,” Cooley said. “A lot of the receivers did not like Robert Griffin. The offensive line had a problem with Robert, because they were considered for a year-and-a-half or two years a terrible offensive line that couldn’t protect a quarterback. A lot of that isn’t true. A lot of that was Robert. A lot of the sacks were put on Robert. Want to believe it or not, they were, okay? Football-wise, they were: it was Robert.“Robert never took [responsibility] for that,” Cooley said. “Robert continued to let his offensive line eat the blame. They don’t like it. They hate that, man. That kills them. Perception is the only thing an offensive line has, because 99 percent of people watching football have no idea what an offensive line’s doing.“Receivers didn’t like playing with Robert, because they didn’t get the ball,” Cooley said. “It was never consistent, other than a couple in 2012; they struggled with that. So they didn’t like Robert. … Robert did have friends, of course he had friends, but there were a lot of guys on this team that said it doesn’t benefit me — as a player, as an individual — and we don’t know if it benefits the team with him under center at this point. That was what really happened in that locker room, in talking to a lot of those guys. That’s not me saying I think they would have perceived it this way. It’s me talking to a lot of players in this locker room, as friends, and understanding why the dislike or why the problem.”"
Where this does make sense for the Rams is when it comes to the draft. Griffin is a low risk option that isn’t going to take up a lot of cap space, yet he will be able to compete for the starting job. This draft class isn’t necessarily strong at the quarterback position and signing Griffin allows the team to go after another position of need.
As of now, this is still just a rumor, but at the end of the day, this is something that could happen. The Rams have also been linked to Johnny Manziel and have not been in trade talks with the 49ers on Colin Kaepernick.