April Fools Day has come and passed. The Baltimore Ravens announcing they have signed QB Robert Griffin III to a one-year deal is no fake news.
It shouldn't come as a surprise, of course, that the Ravens would add Griffin considering they probably needed to add competition at the position and that they considered signing the unemployed quarterback last season.
But what is notable and eye-opening about the deal is that Griffin didn't play in the league in 2017 after an injury-plagued 2016 campaign with the Cleveland Browns felt like it possibly could have been his final fling in the NFL.
Also, there are questions about the comparative style of Ravens starter Joe Flacco, one of the least mobile quarterbacks in the league, and Griffin, whose game is built around playing outside the pocket. But offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and QB coach James Urban had great success reviving Michael Vick's career in Philadelphia and might be able to coax something out of the athletic Griffin now.
The former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft still has to make the team. The one-year deal with the Ravens isn't expected to be a major investment in any way, and the Ravens certainly could look to draft a quarterback in a few weeks. They also have Josh Woodrum on the roster at the position.
Flacco is entering his 11th season, and the natives are growing restless with the Ravens missing the postseason four of the past five years, including last season's Week 17 meltdown loss against the Cincinnati Bengals that pushed Baltimore out of the playoff field. Flacco's unwieldy contract is such that the team potentially is tethered to him for at least another year, and possibly through the 2019 season, so it's not likely that Griffin is coming in to all of a sudden challenge him as a starter.
But for the man who last started a game for the Browns in Week 17 of 2016 — and who has a mere five NFL starts since Week 17 of 2014 — it at least indicates that his career isn't yet finished. That it's happening just up the road from his failed stint in Washington also is pretty interesting.