Robert Griffin III has decided to take his talents to Cleveland. On Thursday, the Browns confirmed signing the fourth-year quarterback to a two year deal worth $15 million. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, $6.75 million is guaranteed. Additionally, Griffin is set to make $7.5 million next season, including a $3.5 million signing bonus.
RGIII has an opportunity to be a hero in a Cleveland uniform. In recent history, the Browns have ruined the careers of numerous quarterbacks, and careers have perished for once promising young quarterbacks. Johnny Manziel was a Heisman Trophy quarterback that didn’t pan out. Will Griffin become the Heisman winner to take the reigns for the Browns’ future? After leading the Washington Redskins to the NFL playoffs in 2012, Griffin knows how quickly fame can dissipate. Yet, he has a chance to revive his career with an organization that’s in search of a savior.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Coming into the NFL, Griffin was beloved, and he backed it up with rookie NFL offensive MVP honors. Unfortunately, an ACL injury, quick turnaround, and coaching change damaged more than his reputation. By 2015, Griffin didn’t attempt a pass in the NFL, losing the starting job to Kirk Cousins.
Griffin has 38 NFL starts under his belt. He also has 40 touchdowns to 23 interceptions. Under head coach Hugh Jackson’s tutelage, the Browns may have found a diamond in the rough. The Browns are excited about bringing in a player with experience, and they were gushing over Griffin’s attributes at the quarterback position.
Here’s an excerpt of the Browns press conference via NFL.com.
“We are excited about Robert joining the Cleveland Browns,” Jackson said. “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.”
Griffin also hit all the right notes in his first statement as the Browns’ quarterback. He’s ready to work, and knows a starting spot is not guaranteed with the new regime.
Added Griffin: “I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,” Griffin said. “Coach Hue and Pep, 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 the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and they still have plans on taking a quarterback. Griffin is a former No. 2 pick, so he will be able to relate to a young quarterback if the Browns indeed select one of the signal callers. Whether it’s Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, NFL.com reports Griffin is willing to take the QB his wing. Remember, there was a lot of dissension reported coming out of the Washington locker room with between Griffin and Kirk Cousins.The Browns hope Griffin has a better finish this time around.