Robert Griffin III signed with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, landing with one of the many quarterback-needy teams.
While a window may have been open for the former Heisman winner to become the next work-in-progress quarterback for the Denver Broncos, one thing reportedly held back John Elway from even considering him — character issues.
Here’s the latest from 9news:
“A month ago, when the Broncos thought Brock Osweiler would return to be their franchise quarterback, Denver general manager John Elway thought briefly about Griffin as one of several potential backups.
But after making a few phone calls, Elway was concerned about Griffin’s character. Elway never did express interest in the former Washington quarterback who was the NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 2012 but had several fallouts with Coach Mike Shanahan, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and teammates.”
Whether those are serious character issues or not depends on who you ask. The elder Shanahan was head coach for the Elway-led Broncos during his playing days and having a strong bond or relationship probably ties into the decision.
The Broncos likely would have been a better long-term fit for RGIII as he attempts to rebuild his career, but Cleveland is trying to fix a broken franchise and maybe he’s the first piece to heal that fractured organization.