Quarterback Robert Griffin III signed his first NFL contract on Wednesday – before No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, surprisingly - agreeing to a four-year, $21 million deal with the Washington Redskins.
Griffin will receive a $13.8 million signing bonus, along with the rookie minimum ($390,000) for his 2012 salary.
With Griffin’s signing, it might trigger a domino effect of other rookie signings, including the Browns’ Trent Richardson. The running back was taken No. 3 overall in April, right behind Griffin and Luck, and both he and quarterback Brandon Weeden remain the only two unsigned players for Cleveland.
As is usually the case, Richardson has been waiting to survey the contracts of the players taken ahead of him before signing his own. Now that Griffin’s is taken care of, one can expect his deal to be finalized before he has to report to camp on July 24th.