It seems unlikely that the Jaguars would give up on Blake Bortles so fast, but the staff may want to bring in competition if his rookie season keeps going downhill. Griffin would join a roster of four skill position players in just their second or third season in the NFL. This would allow him to take control of the team and lead the way as one of the older veterans who has been through it before.
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New York Jets
Things could devolve very quickly by placing Griffin in the limelight of the New York media, but it’s hard to ignore the opportunity and the weapons that the Jets could bring him. With Percy Harvin, Eric Decker, Jace Amaro, Chris Ivory, and a solid offensive line, the Jets offer up a surprising platter of young talent. Most importantly, each of those four skill position players can attack a defense in a different way.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lovie Smith has worked with beleaguered quarterbacks before, dating back to his days in Chicago with Rex Grossman. Griffin could get a chance for a fresh start with two wide receivers that are tall, strong, and make plays down the field. Mike Evans is quickly developing into one of the better downfield threats in the entire league.
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Ken Whisenhunt has a history of developing and reviving the careers of quarterbacks. Kurt Warner and Phillip Rivers are just two examples, and the work he has done with late-round rookie Zach Mettenberger has already shown up on the field. If Griffin comes in, he would also join talent at the skill positions and an offensive line that’s been highly invested in. The plus pass protection will allow Whisenhunt to have an easier path to correcting Griffin’s fundamental flaws.
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The hype surrounding Kyle Orton has cooled off—he is not winning anyone over with his recent game tape. The Bills offer Griffin a better chance of getting his career back on track than most people expect. He would team up with a solid offensive line and a dynamic young wide receiver—Sammy Watkins. The pressure wouldn’t all be on his shoulders because the Bills have one of the most dominant defensive lines in the NFL and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has turned them into a top defensive team overall.
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There have been rumblings that the Dolphins organization is split on whether or not they should move forward with Ryan Tannehill as their franchise quarterback. With Tannehill experiencing a true breakout season in Bill Lazor’s near-duplicate version of Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme, this notion seems ludicrous. However, the Dolphins do have a history of making questionable decisions. Griffin would join a young and talented offensive line, Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry, and Lamar Miller. Most importantly, he would once again find himself in an offense that utilizes the entire range of his skillset.
St. Louis Rams
You couldn’t write a better story for the Rams. After trading the rights to Griffin for a boatload of draft picks that they have since turned into several impact players, they end up taking everything. For Griffin himself, he would join a young and talented team on both the offensive and defensive lines. He would also enjoy the company of deep threats at wide receiver and tight end like Brian Quick and Jared Cook. Griffin’s best attribute is his ability to throw the deep ball.
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The Texans may still be searching for an answer at quarterback, but in the meantime they’ve done a solid job filling other holes on the roster. Griffin would join a strong running game, a strong offensive line, two dynamic wide receivers, and Mr. J.J. Watt. Most importantly, he would learn under quarterback guru Bill O’Brien, who turned a talent like Matt McGloin into a three-game starter in the NFL.
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Kansas City Chiefs
Although it seems unlikely that the Chiefs would move on from Alex Smith, stranger things have happened. It also wouldn’t be the first time that Smith was thwarted from his role as the franchise quarterback. Hype is starting to build in Kansas City due to another strong regular season, and if the playoffs are a bust again, they could look to add some big-play ability at the quarterback position. Griffin would join a top defense and a running game that he can rely on. In turn, the Chiefs would expect him to turn those play-action passes into chunk-yardage plays.
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San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kapernick signed a long-term contract similar to Andy Dalton’s, and without any guaranteed money he can’t be penciled in as the franchise quarterback. Kaepernick has struggled with accuracy for most of the season and really hasn’t shown the signs of improvement that you would expect from someone with his attributes. Griffin would join a roster that’s strong across the board, although they may no longer be dominant in any specific area.
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Andy Dalton’s contract is basically a year-to-year deal, although the fans and organization seem to change their minds on more of a weekly basis with him. Regardless, the Bengals are the best landing spot for Griffin. They offer one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for him to develop a rapport with that’s similar to the one he created with Pierre Garcon during his rookie season. The Bengals also have a great running game and offensive line. Most importantly, they have a recent history of drafting very well across the board.
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The quarterback situation in Philadelphia is far from settled, and it seems very unlikely that the Redskins would trade with a division rival, but once again, we have seen stranger things happen. Griffin would join a bevy of weapons at the skill positions and the offensive line. Most importantly, he would become the orchestrator of the masterpiece that is Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offensive scheme. Kelly loves to take deep shots down the field as well.
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Carson Palmer’s recovery from a second major knee surgery could be a rocky one, and the Cardinals will need a plan at quarterback. If Drew Stanton proves to fade out, don't put it past the Cardinals to make an aggressive decision to pursue Griffin via trade. Griffin would join a roster that’s arguably missing only one piece—the quarterback. Not only does he join what’s maybe the best roster in the NFL, but he also gets to play under quarterback guru Bruce Arians. Oh, yeah—Arians has a penchant for the deep ball and his offense is vertically oriented. It’s a long shot, but if this happens it would quickly change everyone’s opinion on Mr. Griffin.