Amid one of the most bizarre starts to a career in NFL history, Robert Griffin III will now be headed to the Cleveland Browns. The former Washington signal caller has agreed to a two-year deal with the Browns after extensive meetings with head coach Hue Jackson and his staff.
Griffin III experienced tremendous success in his rookie season with the Redskins, besting Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, and led his Washington squad to the playoffs. However, a coaching change led to his own demise, as he was benched in favor of Colt McCoy midway through the 2014 season, and dropped to No. 3 on the depth chart in 2015.
And with the sudden emergence of Kirk Cousins as the franchise quarterback in Washington, Griffin had become completely dispensable. Washington released him on March 7 to avoid paying RG3 the $16 million that would have become fully guaranteed two days later.
Griffin is ready for a fresh start though, and released a statement saying, “I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland. Coach Hue and Pep (Hamilton), I had a great meeting with them. I really believe in what they preach and how they can help not only me as a player but this team win games, and that’s what we’re all about.”
The Browns have desperately tried to find a franchise quarterback, and will now be hoping that Griffin III is the answer. Over the past five seasons, Cleveland has employed 10 different starting quarterbacks – the most in the league.
The Baylor alum now joins quarterbacks Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Connor Shaw on the roster, and the Browns might not be done there. With the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft, Cleveland has been considered a likely destination for one of the top two quarterback prospects (Jared Goff and Carson Wentz) to land.
Even with the addition of Griffin though, Jackson and the Browns won’t rule out selecting Wentz or Goff. The organization has maintained that they will select the best player available second overall, regardless of position.
While it could potentially create a logjam at the quarterback position, after so many years of dreaded production, the least of Cleveland’s worries would be too many talented signal callers on the roster.