Shanahan, Griffin Not Worried About Rookie’s Contract

by Grant Paulsen

Robert Griffin III isn’t under contract yet, but that isn’t surprising considering that training camp is still almost six weeks away.

“I don’t worry about it,” Griffin said when asked about his agent’s negotiations with the Redskins. “I don’t think it’s something that will be an issue.”

Washington traded three first round picks and a second-round selection to move up the draft board to make Griffin the second pick in the April’s NFL draft.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has been working out at Redskins Park throughout the offseason, guiding the team’s rookies during a camp for first-year players before leading Washington’s first-team offense during OTA’s and mini camps in May and June.

“I did talk to my agent last week and he said don’t worry about it,” Griffin said. “I’m here to play football, we’re going to make sure that happens.”

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan doesn’t expect his team’s negotiation with Griffin to be a troublesome process, either.

“These contracts will get done. Some will take a little bit longer than others, especially in the first round, second pick,” Shanahan said. “Usually when that first guy gets signed, usually everything falls into order.”

Andrew Luck, the draft’s first pick, and the majority of the other players drafted in the first round have not yet signed. Normally the draft’s top picks start striking deals in bunches in the days leading up to next month’s training camp.

“That will get done. I don’t think our players are worrying about that,” Shanahan said. “I think they’re more concentrating on the system, what they have to learn, what they have to do. They’re working extremely hard at it and doing a good job.”

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