Cleveland Browns: 20 Worst free agents signings in franchise history
Cleveland Browns worst free agents signings No. 8: Robert Griffin III, Quarterback
There was a point when Robert Griffin II was considered the next big thing at the quarterback position. As the No. 2 overall pick, the exciting young rookie took the Washington Redskins to the postseason. However, it was in that playoff game that it all started to fall apart.
RGIII suffered a knee injury and the team lost. He then started to have issues with head coach Mike Shanahan, believing he should have better protected him. There was then a lot of back and forth between Griffin, the coach, and of course Griffin’s dad because who doesn’t want to know what an NFL player’s parents think?
After eventually proving to be injury-prone and problematic, the Redskins benched Griffin for Kirk Cousins and let him leave in free agency following the 2015 season. The Browns apparently didn’t see any of what happened in D.C. because they gave Griffin a two-year deal worth up to $15 million. He lasted just one season.
He managed to suit up for just five games as he battled shoulder injuries. In those contests, RGIII completed less than 60-percent of his passes for 886 yards. He tossed two touchdowns while throwing three picks. He did add another two touchdowns on the ground and was the guy that led them to the only win in the first two years Hue Jackson era. That doesn’t mean it was a good move though.