The Ravens have been looking for an low-priced but experienced insurance policy at quarterback this offseason, and Griffin fits that profile as well as anyone remaining in free agency.
"He came in last week, worked out, had a real good workout, and we were able to come to an agreement late yesterday", Newsome said.
Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh is optimistic about the signing; saying the deal was a bargain and that it improved the team.
The Ravens could hope that Griffin thrives in the backup role, develops into a pocket passer in Baltimore and gives them someone who could potentially step up if Flacco gets injured. But he suffered a serious knee injury in that playoff game after the 2012 season and was never the same player again. "I'm really feeling like we got a steal".
Griffin was released the following year, eventually landing in Cleveland. Last year's backup, Ryan Mallett, is an unsigned free agent. Obviously, his personality, he's a confident guy.
Washington famously traded a boatload of draft picks to the St. Louis Rams to move up in the 2012 draft and select Griffin, who made them look like geniuses in his rookie year.
"We're excited about it".
There's also no guarantee that Griffin is on Baltimore's regular-season roster.
"#PlayLikeARaven", the 28-year-old wrote after the news was announced.