Cleveland Browns Terrible Free Agency Signing No. 3 – Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III is one that most fans will respond to, “I told you so” on his free-agent signing. Griffin had a fantastic rookie year where he threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns, but he also ran for another 815 yards and seven touchdowns.
He was an okay passer in the league, but his legs made him a dynamic player that was tough to stop. That is, until he kept getting injuries, specifically to his knees.
After a breakout rookie campaign, he would start just 20 games the next two seasons with a 5-15 record before being released by the Washington Football Team.
Unfortunately, the Cleveland Browns looked past the injuries and signed Griffin to a two-year deal in the 2016 offseason. There was some optimism, but the RGII experiment went about as well as the 2016 season where the Browns finished 1-15.
Griffin started just five games before getting injured. In those five starts, he had 886 passing yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. He did manage to rack up 190 rushing yards and two touchdowns which would ultimately end his season.
No one wants to see guys get hurt, but some guys just can’t stay healthy. Griffin was one of those guys. He would be out of the league in 2017 and play three more seasons with the Baltimore Ravens as the backup, only starting two more games in the league.