RGIII Invites Washington Football Team to 'Make the Call' After Placing Fitzpatrick on IR

The Washington Football Team needs a quarterback, and Robert Griffin III is clearly open to a reunion.

Griffin expressed his interest in joining the team that drafted him after Washington placed starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve Monday.

Fitzpatrick sustained a hip subluxation during Washington's 20-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday and could miss the remainder of the season. Coach Ron Rivera said Taylor Heinicke would start against the New York Giants on Thursday with Kyle Allen backing up.

Griffin is calling college football games as an analyst for ESPN after spending the past three seasons backing up Lamar Jackson with the Baltimore Ravens. He's only 31 and looked serviceable and mobile in his lone start for Baltimore in 2020 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Former Washington Football Team quarterback Robert Griffin III reminded the team he was "available" after placing starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with an injury. Here he looks to throw a pass against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 23, 2014. Cary Edmondson/USA Today Sports

With Fitzpatrick's injury, Washington has just two quarterbacks on its roster—though it did sign Kyle Shurmur to its practice squad as insurance Monday—and Griffin is interested in filling the void.

He spent his first four seasons in the Beltway, after Washington chose him from Baylor with the second pick of the 2012 draft, and took the NFL by storm, winning the Rookie of the Year and guiding Washington to a surprising NFC East championship during his rookie season.

He also reminded fans of his capabilities while sharing a highlight from that season on Twitter.

Make the Call

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 13, 2021

Injuries and inconsistency were hallmarks of Griffin's first go-around in Washington, and time may have made Griffin forget that. He may also have forgotten that the turf at FedEx Field shredded his knee—Griffin tore his ACL, LCL and meniscus during Washington's 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs that year in his first catastrophic injury in a career full of them.

But Griffin may also sense some unfinished business given the injuries and organization's dysfunction during his four seasons there. Rivera is much more consistent than former Washington coach Jay Gruden, who famously left Griffin in with a concussion during a preseason game in 2015 then benched him for Kirk Cousins that season.

Whatever the case, Griffin clearly feels he has something left to give on the field.

Signing with Washington, or any other NFL team, would also deter Griffin from making bizarre jokes on social media like he did at Jameis Winston's expense on Sunday. Winston led the New Orleans Saints with five touchdowns in their 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers, but Griffin was more interested in making crab-related jokes at Winston's expense—Winston was accused of shoplifting crab legs from a Florida supermarket as a freshman at Florida State in 2014.

Can you see how Jameis proving the doubters wrong & playing lights out makes the fact that WHEN he gets paid he will be accused of stealing money that was earned and given to him just like he was accused of stealing crab legs that were given to him because of his play at FSU?

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 13, 2021

After beating Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, Jameis Winston is now requesting strategy meetings with the Saints brass and demanding 5 crab legs, 1 for every touchdown he threw, be placed in his locker every day for consumption since he ate a W. pic.twitter.com/b60GqJdCPl

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 12, 2021