The Washington Redskins rookie class reported today for the start of their very first NFL training camp. However, one major part of their rookie class was missing — first-round pick quarterback Robert Griffin III. With just a week until training camp, the second-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft does not have a contract and has not shown up.
The big hold up in contract negotiations is the offset language that would reduce guaranteed money for Griffin if he were to unexpectedly be released in the first four years of his career. That is very unlikely to happen, so the Redskins should just budge and guarantee the full contract of the man they chose to lead their franchise.
Washington needs to focus on getting Griffin into camp and he should want the same. As a rookie, especially at quarterback, the worst thing you can do is miss quality reps in training camp. That puts you a step behind the learning curve, and in the NFL, every step counts.
Both sides need to iron out the details and get the former Heisman Trophy winner a contract so he can get to work when camp kicks into high gear. If not, it could be a devastating mistake that could cost Griffin valuable experience leading into his rookie season.
Redskins training camp officially opens July 26th.