North Notes: RGIII, Lacy, Packers, Lions, Boldin

Like Bills coach Rex Ryan, Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III seemingly has a lot in the line in this week’s Cleveland-Buffalo tilt.

There needs to be a jump in performance,” said head coach Hue Jackson, who gave Griffin a pass for his subpar showing in a 23-10 loss to the Bengals last Sunday (link via Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com).

Griffin, who hadn’t played since Week 1 (exactly three months) because of a shoulder injury, completed 12 of 28 passes for 104 yards and an interception. Now, with three games left in the season, RG3 might be playing for his future with the Browns. In the event Griffin doesn’t impress during that time frame, the club could release him in the offseason and take on just $1.75MM of his $9.25MM cap hit for 2017.

Here’s a look at the North divisions:

  • Eddie Lacy‘s lost season could help foster a return to the Packers in 2017, ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky writes. Had Lacy stayed healthy, he would have boosted his stock and drawn several suitors on the open market. Now, he’s not as much of a hot property and that could help Green Bay’s chances of retaining him.For his part, Lacy says he wants to remain with the Packers.
  • If Anquan Boldin is interested in playing another season, the Lions should be interested in retaining him, ESPN.com’s Michael Rothstein writes. Besides him, other priority free agents include wide receiver Andre Roberts and defensive end Armonty Bryant, a player that could be retained on a discount because of his knee injury. The biggest question marks are guys like right tackle Riley Reiff and right guard Larry Warford, who may be in line for lucrative free agent deals. In the case of Reiff, he’d have to be willing to play right tackle in Detroit since rookie Taylor Decker has shown that he will be the team’s left tackle of the future.

Dallas Robinson contributed to this post.

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