|Griffin hopes he'll make it to training camp by next week. (Gatorade)|
We recently heard that the Colts and Andrew Luck are "close" on a deal ... but we've heard that before, and there are rumors of marketing clauses messing that up. But what of the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, Robert Griffin III? How's he doing with the Redskins?
Well, according to Griffin, who spoke at the Gatorade High School Player of the Year Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a deal could be done by next week, when Washington's training camp begins. At least that's what he hopes.
"I'll be in D.C. on Thursday. I will be there this Thursday, and hopefully by the 16th, I'll be signed and ready to go," Griffin said, per Mike Jones of the Washington Post. "I have no objections — I'm not trying to hold out or make it seem like it's not a big deal. It's just [that] I'm not concerned about it, because I'm sure they'll make it happen."
According to Griffin, he said there have been plenty of talks between his agent, Ben Dogra, and the Redskins on a new contract and he thinks "it's gonna get done."
"I talked to my agent the other day, and he said they had been talking last week then took a break over the weekend, but from what I've heard I think it's gonna get done," Griffin said. "I think my agent and the Redskins both know it's paramount for me to be in camp on time, and I think they're going to work towards that."
The problem for Griffin isn't that he wants to get into camp. He does. The problem is that of the top 10 picks in 2012's NFL Draft, only two have signed: Luke Kuechly of the Panthers (No. 9) and Stephen Gilmore of the Bills (No. 10).
That means that the No. 2 overall pick would need to get a deal done on an island of the top eight picks. Even though it's pretty easy to pinpoint the target area for RG3's contract -- Von Miller got four years, $21 million and $14 million guaranteed last season as the No. 2 pick -- it's still tough to pull off a deal without seeing what the other rookies behind him will agree to.
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