If Robert Griffin III ever becomes an elite quarterback in the NFL again, we’re going to have to give him some serious credit, because the path won’t be easy.
After being released by the Washington Redskins following concurrent injuries and the increased reliability of Kirk Cousins–Cousins led the ‘Skins to an NFC East division title this past season–Griffin took off-season meetings with the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets before settling on the Browns, as per a recent report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Cleveland is expected to reach agreement with former Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III today, per team source. Griffin III to be a Brown.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2016
If the deal gets done today, Griffin will officially be the sixth different Week 1 starting quarterback in the last six seasons for the Browns, who haven’t had a quarterback make consecutive Week 1 starts since Colt McCoy in 2010 and 2011.
A healthy Griffin could do more than just add stability to the quarterback position for the Browns, he could change their entire 2016-2017 outlook. In his record-setting rookie season in 2012, Griffin posted a QBR of 75.6—second only to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning—en route to a 3,200-yard, 20-touchdown season, setting records for rookie passer rating and touchdown-to-interception ratio.
We’ll update you once the deal is finalized.