Cleveland Browns Twitter had a mostly positive reaction to the signing of quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The Cleveland Browns pulled the trigger and signed free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III on Thursday.
The deal is reportedly for two years and is worth $15 million, with $6.75 million guaranteed.
Griffin joins a quarterback room with Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Connor Shaw, although that may soon change as NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Browns have already put McCown on the trade block.
“I’m just excited to come in and compete,” Griffin said in a team release. “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.”
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Griffin spent four seasons with the Washington Redskins after being the second overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. During his first two seasons in Washington, Griffin passed for more than 6,400 yards while throwing 36 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions. But in the past two years, Griffin appeared in just seven games and threw for just 1,694 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. The situation grew so toxic in Washington that the team made Griffin inactive for 15 games last season.
The signing will also fuel speculation over what the Browns will do in the 2016 NFL Draft as they hold the second overall selection and have long been expected to select a quarterback, either Cal’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz. Having Griffin on the team should not impact the draft plans, however, as the Browns can’t run the risk that the oft-injured quarterback is the longterm answer at quarterback that has eluded the Browns since 1993.
The news that the Browns have once again brought in a new quarterback was met with mostly positives on Twitter:
Everyone is excited when they first come to Cleveland. Whether or not the honeymoon continues remains to be seen.