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Heisman winner signs with 'Skins

Former Baylor star Robert Griffin is expected to be Washington’s starting quarterback in his rookie season.

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Former Baylor star Robert Griffin is expected to be Washington’s starting quarterback in his rookie season.

ASHBURN, Va. — Robert Griffin and the Redskins ended their contract impasse Wednesday when the rookie quarterback signed a four-year, fully guaranteed deal worth $21.1 million. It also includes a club option for a fifth year.

Griffin's agent, Ben Dogra, told the Associated Press that the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback agreed to terms. He was on the field for rookie camp on Wednesday.

Redskins officials declined comment beyond the news release issued by the team that announced the signing. They also declined to make Griffin available to comment.

Griffin, 22, the second overall pick in the draft out of Baylor, announced the news on Twitter, writing, "Well people....It's Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!"

The latter stands for Hail to the Redskins, the team's fight song.

Griffin reported for the third day of a five-day rookie camp. He wasn't considered a holdout because training camp doesn't officially begin until July 26.

The Redskins traded their first-round choices in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as their second-round pick this year to the Rams on March 10 for the right to move up four spots to take Griffin.

Coach Mike Shanahan orchestrated the trade for Griffin, who threw for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns with six interceptions and ran for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011 while leading Baylor to the Alamo Bowl.

Shanahan selected Griffin the starter ahead of Rex Grossman on the final day of rookie minicamp in May.

REF TALKS: The NFL's onfield officials say the league planned to lock them out rather than negotiate a new contract.

Members of the NFL Referees Association were locked out June 3 after talks broke down. The league has been contacting replacement officials.

"Lockout seems to be their negotiating strategy with everyone," said referee Scott Green, president of the NFLRA, referring to the lockout of players in 2011. "We don't want to be locked out. We want to get back to the table and get this resolved."

POLAMALU ADMITS LYING: Steelers All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu said on the Dan Patrick Show that he has lied about concussions symptoms so that he'd be cleared to play, though he asserted that he has never put himself in serious danger.

"I wouldn't say there are any major lies where I totally lied may way out of concussions," he said. "In fact, during concussions, if it's serious enough, you can't even be conscious enough to lie."

PORTER TO RETIRE: Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Joey Porter, 35, who missed the final 10 games last season with the Cardinals because of a knee injury, told that he plans to retire. He said he hopes to sign a one-day contract with the Steelers, where he spent the first eight of his 13 seasons.

LYNCH CHARGED: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was officially charged with driving under the influence by the Alameda County (Calif.) District Attorney's Office. He has a court date on Aug. 14, which is in the middle of training camp.

OBITUARY: Former 49ers defensive end Cleveland Elam, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who had a team-high 17½ sacks in 1976, died Thursday in Salisbury, N.C. He was 60.

PANTHERS: Backup defensive tackle Andre Neblett was suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

PATRIOTS: Former Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower, the 25th overall pick in this year's draft, agreed to a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth.

RAVENS: All-Pro safety Ed Reed, 33, confirmed he will return for his 11th season.

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