Report: Josh Johnson turned down offer from Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens will have to look elsewhere for quarterback insurance after Josh Johnson turned down an offer from the team.
The Ravens brought the veteran quarterback in for a workout after an injury to regular backup Robert Griffin III, and were impressed enough to offer Johnson a contract. Based on the expectation that Griffin will be able to return to his backup role around the start of the season, however, Johnson turned them down, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
After his workout, QB Josh Johnson was offered a deal. But based on RGIII likely returning when the season begins, I’m told Johnson didn’t feel it was the right opportunity. https://t.co/HxJS3c3llZ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 29, 2019
The timeframe for Griffin’s recovery was pegged at 4-8 weeks. The high end of that would keep him out until almost October, but if he returns toward the lower end of the range, he could be on the sideline for the season opener. Would-be veteran backups will be hesitant to take a deal that might see them rendered unnecessary by early to mid-September, especially since better opportunities may pop up both before and after the start of the season.