Keep­ing an ‘open mind,’ Grif­fin says he’s not as­sum­ing he’ll land in D.C.

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

Heis­man Tro­phy win­ning quar­ter­back Robert Grif­fin III, in his first public com­ments since the Washington Red­skins traded up to ac­quire the No. 2 draft pick last Fri­day, would not con­cede he is des­tined for D.C.

“Coach [Mike] Shana­han and the GM and the owner there in Washington have a decision to make,” Grif­fin told 1660 ESPN Ra­dio in Cen­tral Texas on Tues­day af­ter­noon. “I don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen. I’m just look­ing for­ward to be­ing in the NFL.

“I don’t say that just be­cause that’s what I’m sup­posed to say. I say it be­cause you never know what can hap­pen. That’s why I try to keep an open mind that way. No mat­ter who drafts me, I’m ex­cited to go play for that team.”

It would seem the In­di­anapo­lis Colts are the ones with the real decision, though. Grif­fin plans to throw at Bay­lor’s Pro Day on March 21. He wants to help his teammates get at­ten­tion from NFL scouts, but he also is still push­ing to con­vince In­di­anapo­lis to take him first over­all.

“The pick it­self, ev­ery­one is as­sum­ing Washington is com­ing to get me, but that’s not cer­tain,” he said. “Noth­ing in life is cer­tain.”

Washington’s move to po­si­tion it­self to draft Grif­fin be­came off icial Wed­nes­day. The NFL ap­proved the Red­skins’ trade of the sixth and 39thover­all picks in 2012 and their firstrounder in 2013 and 2014 to the Rams in ex­change for the sec­ond-over­all pick next month.

“I think it wasn’t too bad of a trade,” Grif­fin said. “I think it is a high price like many sports minds would say, but if they’re go­ing af­ter the player that they feel is go­ing to help them win, then I think they were will­ing to play that high price. There’s no telling who that player is be­cause if there was, there would be a lot of happy peo­ple.”

Now that the Red­skins ad­dressed their big­gest need by fi­nal­iz­ing con­tracts for free-agent re­ceivers Pierre Gar­con and Josh Mor­gan on Wed­nes­day, Washington’s at­tempt to re-sign line­backer Pro Bowl line­backer London Fletcher took over as the main sto­ry­line in the Red­skins’ free agency pe­riod.

Fletcher, who will turn 37 in May, is seek­ing what fig­ures to be his final NFL con­tract. It hap­pens to fol­low a sea­son in which he recorded a ca­reer­high 166 tack­les.

Nei­ther side would com­ment Wed­nes­day, but the Red­skins have been open with their de­sire to re­tain Fletcher.

“I’m not go­ing to hide be­hind the fact that we love London,” gen­eral man­ager Bruce Allen said on Satur­day. “We hope he’s a Red­skin.”

Cor­ner­back Aaron Ross is sched­uled to visit the Red­skins on Thurs­day, a source with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion said. Ross, who has played all five of his NFL sea­sons with the New York Gi­ants, had a ca­reer-high four in­ter­cep­tions in 15 starts last sea­son

The Red­skins also have ex­plored the pos­si­bil­ity of sign­ing left guard Ben Grubbs, a source said. Grubbs played for Red­skins of­fen­sive line coach Chris Fo­er­ster in Bal­ti­more in 2007.

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