Robert Griffin III is a wanted man, but not by who you may think.
The free agent quarterback has both ESPN and Fox bidding on his services as a TV analyst, if he’s ready to hang up his cleats for good.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the free agent aced his auditions with the competing networks, which ultimately led ESPN to increase its offer.
“ESPN has upped its offer after Fox showed heavy interest in Griffin as an NFL and college football analyst. Now both networks are waiting to see whether Griffin will try to play again or retires from the NFL to move into TV. Even if Griffin does decide to play, TV will be waiting for him when he ultimately retires. (Outkick first reported ESPN’s and Fox’s interest in Griffin.)
… Griffin really excelled in his auditions for ESPN and Fox. Sources from both networks were blown away by Griffin; some said Griffin’s was among the top tryouts they have ever viewed.”
The NY Post reporter added that Fox would try to use Griffin similar to Emmanuel Acho with opportunities across both levels of the sport available, as well.
The No. 2 overall pick by Washington in 2012 had spent the last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, backing up Lamar Jackson with 42 passing yards and two interceptions in four appearances in 2020. The previous season he tallied 225 passing yards, two picks and a touchdown over seven games in 2019.
His first season was magical as he won Rookie of the Year in 2012, but tore the ACL and MCL in his knee during the postseason. He never really recovered to be the same player ever again.