Robert Griffin III is going to try and get his career back on track with the Cleveland Browns. The 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year signed with the Browns today after a turbulent run with the Washington Redskins. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said it’s a two-year deal. USA Today‘s Tom Pelissero said it’s a two-year, $15 million deal with $6.75 million guaranteed, with the ability to max out at $22 million if he hits incentives.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,” Griffin told the Browns’ website. “Coach Hue [Jackson] and Pep [Hamilton, Cleveland’s offensive coordinator], 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.
“I’m just excited to come in and compete. Nothing’s ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team. I feel like that’s all I’m really focused on.”
When healthy, Griffin III was one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the entire NFL. However, at the end of his rookie campaign he was left in a playoff game too long, tore his ACL, rushed back for the 2013 opener and hasn’t been the same quarterback since. This past season, he didn’t play a single regular-season snap in favor of Kirk Cousins.
“I heard the truth,” Jackson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Tuesday. “I mean, he takes responsibility. He knows there’s things he could have done better. And that’s where he is. To me that showed the humbleness. Because that’s what it’s all about. In this league you don’t grow if you don’t admit that you’ve made some mistakes.”
The Browns don’t have anywhere to go but up. They recently cut ties with troubled signal-caller Johnny Manziel, and the bar is set ridiculously low for quarterbacks in the franchise.
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