Robert Griffin III and Washington Redskins Agree on Rookie Contract

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2012

ASHBURN, VA - MAY 06:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins speaks to members of the media after a practice during the Washington Redskins rookie minicamp on May 6, 2012 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III has already been named the starter for the Washington Redskins, and now he has his rookie contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

 

Good morning: Redskins signed Robert Griffin III.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 18, 2012

Robert Griffin III tweeted about the news shortly after:

 

Well people....It's Time to go to Work!!!Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!!

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 18, 2012

 

Washington traded up from No. 6 overall to No. 2 overall (No. 6 would've landed them now-Miami Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill if they wanted him) to earn the right to draft the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner. It cost the Redskins three first-round picks (in 2012, 2013, 2014) and a second-round pick (2012) to make the deal with the St. Louis Rams.

Big 12 fans knew about RGIII as early as his freshman season at Baylor, but he grew to national popularity early in the 2011 season with his combination of heroics, athleticism and eye-popping statistics.

Like Andrew Luck, who went No. 1 overall to the Indianapolis Colts, RGIII is being viewed as the savior of his franchise.

In Washington's case, the Redskins haven't had a single quarterback lead the team in passing for more than three consecutive seasons since Mark Rypien in the early 1990s.

The 'Skins have made the postseason only three times since Daniel Snyder bought the club in 1999, and only four times since winning their last Super Bowl in 1991.

Snyder has spent plenty of money, but he's struggled to find success. His team has never advanced beyond the divisional round of the playoffs.

It goes without saying that the investment in RGIII is something the Redskins hope can change their fortunes immediately and for the long haul. 

The rookie QB and the Redskins will kick off the season in New Orleans against Drew Brees and the Saints.