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Robert Griffin III Signs With Cleveland Browns

Posted Mar 24, 2016

After four seasons with the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III will restart his career in the AFC, as the Browns signed him on Thursday.

After four seasons with the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III will restart his career in the AFC, as the Browns signed him on Thursday.

2012 No. 2-overall pick Robert Griffin III has signed with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced on Thursday.

Griffin III, 26, was taken by the Redskins in 2012 after the quarterback won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor. Washington, of course, traded up from the No. 6 pick that season to grab Griffin III one selection after the Indianapolis Colts used the first-overall pick on Andrew Luck.

Griffin III not only instantly became the starting quarterback for the Redskins, he reached levels almost no rookie in NFL history has, as Griffin III threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions while also rushing for 815 yards and seven touchdowns.

Griffin III would earn AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and became the first Redskins rookie to earn a Pro Bowl selection since Larry Brown in 1969.

He would also set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4) and percentage of passes interception (1.27).

But for all of the success he had in the regular season, a late season sprained knee not only hobbled Griffin III, the quarterback would later suffer a gruesome torn ACL and LCL in the fourth quarter of the Redskins’ Wild Card Round matchup with the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField.

While Griffin III wouldn’t miss any regular season action, his remarkable comeback was quickly plagued by inconsistencies, going just 3-10 in 2013 before being a healthy inactive for the final three games of the season.

Griffin III would come back eager to start anew in 2014 with head coach Jay Gruden, but the quarterback would suffer a dislocated ankle in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, landing awkwardly on his leg after attempting a tough throw.

He would miss the next six games before making his much awaited return against the Minnesota Vikings.

Despite his return to the lineup, Griffin III wasn’t sharp on his throws and was sacked at a high rate before being pulled for Colt McCoy.

In the regular season finale that season against the Dallas Cowboys, Griffin III would complete 27-of-41 attempts for 336 yards and two total touchdowns. It is his last regular season appearance to date.

Griffin III would not appear in any regular season action during the 2015 season and was active only once as he served as the team’s third-string quarterback behind Kirk Cousins and McCoy.

He was released by the Redskins on March 7 along with Jason Hatcher, Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson.

In Cleveland, Griffin III gets the opportunity to once again make a name for himself in the NFL. As the Browns' roster stands now, they have three other quarterbacks with Austin Davis, Josh McCown and Connor Shaw.

They also hold the No. 2-overall pick in this year's draft. 

The Redskins, meanwhile, are moving forward with the current plan to have Cousins as the starter and McCoy as his backup once again.

Unless the Redskins and Cousins are able to come to terms on a new contract, he’ll be playing the season under the franchise tag.

McCoy was re-signed on March 9. He’ll be entering his third season with the Redskins.

They may add a third quarterback at some point, too. 

"I think you have your starter, you have your quality backup, and you've got to have one in the room – whether it’s a third on your active roster or your practice squad guy – that you can develop," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said at the NFL Owners Meetings. "Because you can never have too many good arms in the building and you want a young guy that can develop through the system. It can be a college free agent. It would be nice to draft a guy but, you know, we’ll see.”

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