Denver Broncos 'Legitimate' Landing Spot For Redskins' RGIII

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Feb 24, 2016 12:23 PM EST
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III
The Denver Broncos are reportedly a "legitimate" landing spot for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in free agency, as he will not be returning to Washington in 2016."

The Washington Redskins have made it known that their former 2012 first round draft pick Robert Griffin III won't be back next season, but the Heisman Trophy winner is expected to have options. One potential "legitimate" landing spot for Griffin is the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, who could look to use him as a backup quarterback, according to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport.

The Broncos are reportedly expected to open up talks with quarterback Brock Osweiler's agent at the 2016 NFL Combine, but have multiple impending free agents they are looking to re-sign. Osweiler and Super Bowl MVP linebacker Von Miller are likely the two most important free agents the Broncos are looking to retain, but Denver's front office has reportedly made a long-term contract offer to defensive lineman Malik Jackson averaging over $10 million per season.

While the Broncos look to solve their free agency issues, they also know they may be in need of a backup quarterback in 2016. Griffin "really did impress some teams with the way he conducted himself during a difficult year," according to Rapoport. The Redskins quarterback didn't take away from his team this past season, as Washington went on to win the NFC East behind quarterback Kirk Cousins, and teams are clearly taking a notice of that.

Griffin was the NFL's Rookie of the Year during the 2012 season, and put up strong numbers, throwing for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns to five interceptions. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound quarterback was expected to be the next big thing in the NFL, but injuries set him back. The Redskins quarterback never showed the same form after his rookie season even when healthy, but could look to reinvent himself in a new system in Denver or somewhere else next season.

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak has said that Osweiler is "special" and believes he has a bright future, according to Rapoport. Denver is reportedly a real possibility for Griffin in 2016, but it could create a stir if Osweiler plays poorly early next season. If Osweiler re-signs and Manning retires, the stage is set for Griffin to land in Denver, but it's plausible to imagine fans calling for RGIII if the season starts out rocky for Osweiler in Denver.

There is no guarantee that Osweiler will be back in Denver unless they re-sign him before the free agency period begins in March, but it sounds like both the front office and coaching staff want him back. While Griffin wouldn't be expected to be a starter in Denver, he could prove to be a viable backup and look to join a franchise coming off a Super Bowl victory.

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