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Jaguars worked out Robert Griffin III before Ravens signed him

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The Jaguars are still formulating their plans for the future, particularly at quarterback, and the news out Friday demonstrates that they still wants lots of veteran competition this fall.

Less than a week after acquiring Browns backup Cody Kessler in a trade, Jacksonville apparently worked out former Heisman Trophy winner and Redskins #1 pick Robert Griffin III.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio had the story first on Friday:

As Florio wrote:

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Jaguars worked out Griffin on Monday. That workout came only three days after the Ravens worked out Griffin, the second overall pick in the 2012 draft.

It’s unclear whether the Jaguars had offered Griffin a contract, or whether they planned to do so.

Griffin signed with the Ravens to backup Joe Flacco on Wednesday.

RG III was completely out of the NFL a year ago, after a 2016 season in Cleveland that was derailed right away by a severe shoulder injury and saw him play in only five total games with two TDs and three INTs, as the Browns finished 1-15 that year.

Previously, he was the NFC rookie of the year in 2012 and led the Redskins to the NFC East title, before severely injuring knee for the second time in his career in Washington’s playoff loss to Seattle. Griffin was eventually replaced by Kirk Cousins in D.C. and allowed to leave as a free agent.

As for the Jaguars, they have obviously committed to starter Blake Bortles in the short term with a contract extension that pays him heavily in year one with guaranteed money. However, it becomes much more of a team friendly deal in 2019 and beyond.

Kessler isn’t viewed a long term solution, just a young backup with some NFL experience.

And, still the Jaguars could be in the market to draft a quarterback with the 29th overall pick or at least in the second or third round of the draft.

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