Robert Griffin III (RG3) signed a four-year deal, with a fifth year organization option, worth $21,119,098 early Wednesday morning with the Washington Redskins, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
Shortly after signing his deal Griffin made the announcement by tweeting: “Well people….It’s Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!”
HTTR abbreviates “Hail to the Redskins,” a key phrase from the team’s fight song.
For the first time in NFL History, especially for a rookie, 100% of the contract is guaranteed. Yes, 100% percent of the promised salary is guaranteed, which could possibly make RG3 a pioneer for the structure of upcoming rookie contracts.
Griffin’s potential is largely responsible for that guarantee. After all, the Redskins traded their next three upcoming first round picks and a second round pick to the St. Louis Rams in order to move up and obtain Griffin’s Draft rights as the second overall pick.
While in college at Baylor University RG3 obliterated many school records before declaring for the draft as a redshirt junior.
“Griffin, one of the most accomplished dual-threat quarterbacks in NCAA history, set or tied 54 school records in just 41 games at Baylor before declaring for the draft,” according to ESPN and Associated Press sources. “Griffin was Baylor’s career passing leader, completing 800 of 1,192 passes (67 percent) for 10,366 yards, with 78 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. His 2,254 yards and 33 TDs rushing are records for a (Baylor) Bears quarterback.”
Coach Mike Shanahan has clearly stated that RG3 will be starting for the Redskins this season, although he has missed the first two days of rookie training camp. As for his draft counterpart, Andrew Luck remains unsigned with the Indianapolis Colts.