Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner and the highest draft pick to sign yet has finally inked his rookie deal. Robert Griffin III signed a four year deal with the Washington Redskins, roughly around 21 million dollars, 14 million of which is likely to be his signing bonus under the rookie wage scale.
Griffin announced the signing via his Twitter page: “Well people….It’s Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!!”
He is expected to be a high impact player right away as a rookie, but we can’t expect him to duplicate what Cam Newton was able to do last year for the Panthers. Still, head coach Mike Shanahan has made no secrets about who will be starting for the ‘Skins in 2012.
“He’s the starter. Period,” Shanahan said.
The Redskins traded a total of three first round picks to get the rights to draft Griffin, and as of this posting, 13 first round picks remain unsigned. There are questions about guaranteed money for some rookie contracts, but for the most part, the new CBA has put parameters in place to get deals done before camp, so I would have to assume a flurry of rookie deals are forthcoming.
Congratulations to Griffin for getting his deal done before camp and leading his team.