RG3 approves new approach to free agency

RG3 approves new approach to free agency
March 17, 2014, 8:30 pm
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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

BALTIMORE—Robert Griffin III says there’s been a new vibe at Redskins Park since Jay Gruden succeeded Mike Shanahan as head coach in January. The third-year quarterback also says he approves of the prudent approach General Manager Bruce Allen has adopted in free agency. 

“I think this offseason, based on the history I know of the team, has been great,” Griffin said. “It’s not a big splash, the signings that we’ve had. But it’s made our team better.”

Since the start of free agency on March 11, Allen has not spent lavishly on the biggest names available. Instead, he’s addressed a whole host of needs, adding seven players, including two on Griffin’s side of the ball.

“We’ve gotten better over these last couple of weeks of free agency,” Griffin said. “[Wide receiver] Andre Roberts and [guard] Shawn Lauvao will be assets to us.”

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Griffin made the comments Monday at the Ed Block Courage Award ceremony. Earlier this year, he was voted by his teammates as the Redskins’ recipient of the annual honor. Speaking briefly prior to the event, Griffin also noted that there’s a new feeling of optimism at the team’s headquarters in Ashburn, Va.

“It’s been fun,” Griffin said, asked about the offseason. “To feel the new energy that’s in the building with Coach [Jay] Gruden in there, the new players that we’re going to be get in free agency, it’s been great.”