Cleveland Browns host free agent QB Robert Griffin III
By Kyle Kelly
The Cleveland Browns continued their quarterback search by reportedly hosting free agent Robert Griffin III on Saturday.
The Cleveland Browns met with free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III on Saturday, according to multiple media reports.
Griffin reportedly met with head coach Hue Jackson, assistant head coach-offense Pep Hamilton, vice president of player personnel Andrew Berry and vice president of football operations Sashi Brown a day after the group, minus Brown, were in California to see quarterback Jared Goff perform at Cal’s Pro Day.
A former second-overall draft selection by the Washington Redskins, Griffin was released on March 7 after falling out of favor with the team and being inactive for the entire 2015 season. In addition to the Browns, he has visited the New York Jets, but neither team has looked to offer him a contract.
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As a rookie Griffin passed for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions, while rushing for 815 yards and seven touchdowns, in leading Washington to the playoffs. Injuries have limited him to just 22 games in the past three seasons, however, and he threw 18 interceptions and was only 5-15 as a starter.
In 37 career games with Washington, Griffin completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 8.097 yards, 40 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and took 101 sacks.
The Browns are looking for a quarterback for Jackson to groom like he did with Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, and Griffin is just the latest player the team has taken an interest in. They have been linked to a trade for San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and are considered the front-runners to draft either Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz with the second-overall selection of the 2016 NFL Draft.
It’s hard to know how serious the Browns are about Griffin as they go through their latest rebuilding project, but at least no one can accuse them of not covering their bases in regards to the quarterback situation.
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