Griffin signed his one-year, $1.8 million restricted free-agent tender with the Buccaneers on Monday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports. Griffin has never seen the field in his four seasons as a backup quarterback, but the Buccaneers appear comfortable with him as their replacement option for Jameis Winston following Mike Glennon's departure for Chicago in the offseason. Barring an injury to Winston, Griffin will likely be held off the field for the majority of 2017 as well.
The Buccaneers gave Griffin a one-year, $1.8 million restricted free agent tender that gives them the right to match any offer from another team, the Tampa Bay Times reports. With Mike Glennon in line to sign with Chicago, the 27-year-old Griffin could have a clear path to the No. 2 quarterback role, assuming he doesn't get a substantial offer from another team. The Bucs could've given Griffin a $2.7 million tender, which would require another team to forfeit a second-round selection if it signed Griffin to a contract Tampa Bay didn't want to match. The lower tender should be enough to keep him around, as Griffin has never taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game.
Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt versus the Rams, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Griffin's inactive status is expected to endure throughout the season as long as Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon remain healthy.
Griffin is inactive Sunday versus the Falcons, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Bucs third quarterback is expected to be inactive on the majority, if not all, games in which both Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon are healthy, barring any move up the depth chart.
Griffin completed 23 of 38 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown and interception in Wednesday's 20-13 preseason loss to the Redskins. The Bucs' presumed third-string signal-caller got valuable time behind center, as Mike Glennon only attempted five passes on the night before giving way to Griffin. The Tulane product's interception was rather unsightly, as it came on an ill-advised lob into the middle of the field under pressure that was intended for Austin Seferian-Jenkins but was picked off on a tip. Griffin did redeem himself somewhat with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Reedy, but averaged just five yards per attempt. As previously stated by head coach Dirk Koetter, Griffin is expected to survive final cuts and spend another season behind Mike Glennon on the depth chart before presumably ascending to the top backup role in 2017 if the latter departs next offseason as expected.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||New York Giants||2||15.71|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||12||18.84|
|9||11/05||@New Orleans Saints||24||21.31|
|10||11/12||New York Jets||22||20.88|
|13||12/03||@Green Bay Packers||30||23.05|
|17||12/31||New Orleans Saints||24||21.31|
|3 Year Avg||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0|