ROBERT Griffin III used live television to introduce himself to the New York Jets as Aaron Rodgers’ replacement.
Rodgers was diagnosed with a torn Achilles tendon on Tuesday after he was injured on the Jets’ fourth snap against the Buffalo Bills in Monday’s season opener.
Griffin, a former No. 1 quarterback, last played in the NFL three years ago.
The 33-year-old has been contracted to ESPN as an analyst since 2021, but has publicly expressed his desire to continue playing professional football.
On Tuesday, Griffin appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” and appeared to make his case for becoming the Jets’ next quarterback.
“Some of these guys like Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick and myself can’t play the game anymore.” Griffin explained. “It’s that if you bring us in, we’ll be a big distraction.”
He continued by saying, “This offseason a GM told me, ‘Hey man, I know you can still play, you look like you can still play, but if we bring you in, it’ll be one thing.’ be a distraction for our start.’ Quarterback.'”
This stunned ESPN co-hosts Damien Woody, Domonique Foxworth, Mike Greenberg and Dan Graziano.
However, Griffin concluded his argument by saying that Zach Wilson, the Jets’ current starting quarterback, is better for New York than any free agent option.
“I’ll tell you right now, there’s no man on the street or in any locker room, myself included, who will give the Jets a better chance to win than Zach Wilson,” Griffin III said.
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Wilson has started 22 games for the Jets after being the team’s No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Although Wilson quarterbacked the Jets to a 22-16 victory over the Bills on Monday, he was a disappointment in his young career.
He ranked last in the NFL in passer rating in consecutive seasons (69.7 in 2021 and 72.8 in 2022).
Griffin, meanwhile, was a Baylor sensation, winning Rookie of the Year with Washington in 2012.
But his career would be plagued by further injuries and inconsistent performances.
And Griffin had more interceptions than touchdowns combined from 2013 to 2020, his final season in the NFL.
The 33-year-old joined ESPN’s new Monday Night Football crew, which includes Scott Van Pelt, Ryan Clark and Marcus Spears.
Griffin is also an analyst for ESPN’s College Football and NFL Live.