Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins ended their contract impasse Wednesday when the rookie quarterback signed a four-year, fully guaranteed deal worth $21.1 million. It also includes a club option for a fifth year.
Griffin, the second overall pick in the draft out of Baylor, announced the news on Twitter, writing, “Well people....It’s Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!”
The latter stands for Hail To The Redskins, the team’s fight song.
SEAHAWKS: Running back Marshawn Lynch was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence in Northern California.
Lynch was charged by the Alameda County district attorney with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher. Lynch has a court date on Aug. 14, which is in the middle of Seahawks training camp.
But Lynch’s attorney, Ivan Golde, told The Associated Press that he feels the case could get thrown out or reduced because of discrepancies in blood-alcohol tests.
PANTHERS: Backup defensive tackle Andre Neblett has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Neblett is eligible to participate in all off-season and preseason practices and games. He will be eligible to return to the Panthers’ active roster on Oct. 1 following the team’s Sept. 30 game against the Atlanta Falcons, providing he makes the Panthers roster.
REFS SPEAK OUT: The ’s on-field officials say the league is paying lip service to player safety by contacting replacement officials.
They also believe the NFL planned to lock them out rather than negotiate a new contract. Members of the NFL Referees Association were locked out June 3 after talks broke down.
NFLRA President Scott Green and past president Ed Hochuli, both current referees, said the NFL is jeopardizing the safety of the players, as well as the integrity of the game, by considering using officials they feel are unqualified. None of those officials will come from the top college division because they all are barred from accepting NFL jobs by the colleges, Green said.
OBITUARY: Former 49ers defensive end Cleveland Elam, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has died. He was 60.