The Cleveland Browns lost their top quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown in the first two weeks of the 2016 NFL regular season. They signed QB Charlie Whitehurst to a short-term deal this week to address the injury issues with rookie Cody Kessler also one of the options to start.
Both “RG3” and McCown are both suffering from injuries with Griffin, who was supposed to be the starting QB for this season, expected to be out for an extended period or all of the season.
According to NFL rumors, Kessler is likely the starter while Whitehurst will assume the backup QB role.
RG3’s injury is a disappointment for the Browns, who wanted to compete this season. They signed him to a two-year deal this offseason but he is now in danger of being cut or traded by Cleveland.
“Yet there are those in the Browns’ building who think Griffin’s injury could turn out to be a good thing for the franchise because coach Hue Jackson was so focused on fighting Griffin. The team now can move on and do what it needs,” an ESPN article stated last week.
After signing Whitehurst and naming Kessler as possible starter, Cleveland considers this season as a lost one. The Browns can trade Griffin if he still has value left and with his contract only $6.5 million guaranteed.
The Browns lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 29-10 in their season opener and Baltimore Ravens, 25-20 in Week 2. Cleveland had the 20-2 lead over Baltimore earlier in the game. The Cleveland Browns take on the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and New England Patriots in their next three games.