Robert Griffin III was acquired by the Cleveland Browns this summer to become the starting quarterback for the 2016 NFL Season. According to latest NFL rumors, “RG3” is in for the long haul in Cleveland with the Browns management stating that the fourth year QB is the long-term answer at that position.
“To be fair to Robert, he’s young in his career in terms of his development as a quarterback. We will develop him over time. He’s under contract here two years, but we don’t look at it as certainly just a two-year venture or a week-to-week venture,” Sashi Brown, the head of football operations for the Browns, stated.
Griffin III had a three-year stint with the Washington Redskins after going second overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He saw some successes as a starting QB in Washington but lost his starting spot last year for the Redskins.
RG3 played 37 games for Washington and registered 8,097 passing yards on 147 of 214 attempts with 40 passing touchdowns and 23 interceptions. On the ground, he registered 1,480 rushing yards on 244 attempts with eight rushing touchdowns.
Cleveland will open the season against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. Griffin will be have his first head-to-head match-up with rookie Carson Wentz, who was drafted as the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The second pick came from a trade with the Browns.
“It was a good trade for both sides. (We) look forward to seeing what Carson develops into, and what our side of the trade turns into as well,” Brown added.
Wentz is now the starting QB for the Eagles after trading injury-prone veteran Sam Bradford.
According to the recent rumors, Griffin is also now the franchise QB for the Browns and they want to perform well this NFL season to prove that their move to trade the second pick was a good deal for the franchise for the long-term.