Robert Griffin III, the once thought franchise quarterback of the Washington Redskins, has officially landed with a new team in a new city. The thing is, it probably isn’t who you are expecting. Just a couple of weeks after releasing troubled off the field quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns announced on Thursday that they have signed the free-agent quarterback. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Griffin’s deal is good for 2 years, and he’s guaranteed at least $6.75 million.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland,” Griffin said in an official statement. “Coach Hue and Pep, 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.”
Griffin was drafted by Washington with the second overall pick in 2012. In D.C. he appeared in in 37 games with 35 starts. He has completed 679 of 1,063 passes (63.9 percent) for 8,097 yards with 40 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a 90.6 rating. He has added 1,480 career rushing yards with eight scores.
Griffin III becomes the fourth quarterback on the roster, joining veteran quarterback Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Connor Shaw.