The Robert Griffin III
downfall comeback will continue in Cleveland as the Browns have signed him to a two-year deal.
The Browns have signed the former Washington quarterback after he visited Cleveland this past weekend. Now 26-years-old, Griffin was released by Washington on March 7, two days before his 2016 option worth $16.1 million would have become guaranteed. He will come to Cleveland with a chance to revive his career with a former Bengals coach who has been a quarterback whisperer.
New head coach Hue Jackson did wonders with Andy Dalton this past season, and no one is arguing Griffin's talent level. The problem with RG3 is, he hasn't been anywhere close to being as good of a leader as he needs to be, nor can he read defenses as effectively as a quarterback like Dalton.
Here's RG3's statement on the signing:
"We are excited about Robert joining the Cleveland Browns," Jackson said in a press release. "He brings starting experience to our team and organization. He's a young, athletic, talented passer and he's really just starting out in this league. Just like every player on our team, Robert will have to earn every opportunity he gets. He will compete with the rest of the quarterbacks on our roster and he helps improve our QB room, which was one of my goals upon taking the job. It's a special room and we want to put special people and players in that room."
Go back just a few years and you'll remember how big of a star RG3 was as a rookie. The second-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Griffin entered the NFL fresh off a Heisman Trophy-winning season and took the league by storm. He led Washington to an NFC East title and was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year after setting an NFL record for rookies with a 102.4 passer rating.
But since then, RG3 has been benched by two head coaches, the latter of which being Jay Gruden for the past two years now as Kirk Cousins has taken over and become a star passer. That helped lead to RG3's ouster, and now he's found a new home.
The Browns are likely to draft a quarterback in this year's NFL draft, but they won't have to take one with the No. 2 overall pick after getting Griffin to sign with them. Too bad this is a team where quarterbacks have watched their careers die far more often than they've been revived.
What does Chad Johnson have to say about the signing?
All of you who doubted RGlll don't jump back on the band wagon when Hue has him playing at an MVP level this season.— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) March 24, 2016
As someone who was coached by Jackson, he knows what the now-Browns head coach has to offer. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out.