I’m Just Fine with Robert Griffin III
There’s been much debate surrounding the acquisition of quarterback Robert Griffin III by the Cleveland Browns. Was it a wise move, or will be another signal caller with a poor attitude? I’m hoping for the former, but I’ll provide you with a few reasons why I support the team’s decision to scoop up the unrestricted free agent.
Griffin inked a deal worth fifteen million dollars over two years. In a time in the NFL where mediocre signal callers are making this amount in one year (i.e. Kirk Cousins) – this appears to be a cap-friendly, low risk deal by the orange and brown. I understand the angst of letting in a guy who might feel he should be held in the highest regards for all the quarterbacks on the roster. However, this was not the case in Washington last season (and I believe Griffin has grown from this experience). Additionally, Hue Jackson is a no-nonsense coach that will not put up with selfish behavior.
Not Mutually Exclusive of Second Pick
The former number two pick in 2012 (ironically) should not affect what the Browns plan on doing with the number two pick in 2016. Not only is the deal for a modest contract, the Browns have shown that they are still in search of their franchise quarterback. Will Griffin be a day-one starter and resurrect his professional football career in Cleveland? Or, will he start the 2016 campaign only to give way to a rookie in the middle of the season? Those two scenarios will sort themselves out; however if the Browns only go with Griffin and another veteran or two – I fear that the quarterback position will not be substantially improved upon from the 2015 campaign.
Has Shown Ability
I understand it has been quite some time (just under four years), but at least Griffin has displayed success in the NFL. Unlike his predecessor, he actually played the game and was victorious at it – en route to leading Washington to the playoffs. Griffin’s injuries are well documented, but that is part of the reason why the Browns acquired the athlete at such a low cost. If he can reclaim some of that magic from a few seasons ago, the guys in Berea might have made a brilliant move.
Conclusion: Upon hearing about the rumors, I did not know what to think about Robert Griffin III and him coming to the Cleveland Browns. After reading the contract amount and years I feel much better about the team’s decision. Can he fail? Of course, but it’s not the end of the world if he does. Add in the fact that the Browns’ brain trust is doing diligence at Jared Goff’s and Carson Wentz’s Pro Days – and the quarterback position might not be completely awful next year.