Thursday, the Cleveland Browns picked up quarterback Robert Griffin III (aka RG3). The team signed RG3 to a two-year deal worth $15 million with the maximum value of $22 million. Griffin seemed to be on his way to becoming an NFL superstar with the Washington Redskins. Griffin had an outstanding rookie season in 2012; he set the record for passer rating by a rookie QB at 102.4, and the highest touchdown to interception ratio at 4:1. He lead the ‘Skins to an NFC East Division title before they fell to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card Game. He was also named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
But, things became rocky for RG3 during his stint in the Nation’s Capital. He suffered mutiple injuries that ended cutting his seasons short. Mike Shanahan didn’t know how to utilize Griffin’s full potential. But, Jay Gruden didn’t want to utilize him at all and benched him for backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. This all led up to him being cut from the Redskins. He went to Cleveland to meet with the Browns, and Hue Jackson was impressed with RG3 from the very first meeting.
At first, I was against the Browns bringing in RG3. I felt that he was too injury-prone, and that he hasn’t done anything spectacular since his rookie year. Plus, I think it would be a bad move for a team that’s supposed to be rebuilding. But, after taking a step back and reevaluating, it’s actually a win-win for the Browns. The team will have two veteran quarterbacks in Griffin and Josh McCown. And, if you the Browns draft a QB with the #2 pick, the quarterback won’t have to play right away where he’ll be at risk to punishment from NFL defensive players. The rookie quarterback can be able to learn the NFL game, reading defenses and seeing the field. Also, the team doesn’t risk anything financially with RG3. If The RG3 Experience doesn’t work out, the Browns can cut him without really losing any money. Griffin is starting to rebuild his career with quarterback guru Tom House. He has a very good chance to prove that he’s still a commodity in the National Football League, and could have a very solid season for the Browns. Who knows what will happen but the question will be answered when the Browns kick off their season in September 2016.