Robert Griffin III Cleared For Contact

The Browns could soon turn to quarterback Robert Griffin III, as the embattled signal-caller is now fully cleared for contact, tweets Ed Werder of ESPN.com. Per Werder, Cleveland will let RG3, Josh McCown, and Cody Kessler compete for the starting quarterback job, but Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports (video link) that once Griffin takes hold of the No. 1 job, he’s likely to hang onto it for the remainder of the season.Robert Griffin III (Vertical)

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That the Browns are eager to see what Griffin can offer as the 2016 campaign concludes comes as no surprise, especially given that the winless club is squarely focused on the future. Griffin is signed through the 2017 season, during which he’s set to earn a base salary of $7MM, and Browns exec Sashi Brown said earlier this year (notably, before RG3 suffered a shoulder injury) that Cleveland doesn’t view Griffin as simply a short-term investment.

“To be fair to Robert, he’s young in his career in terms of his development as a quarterback,” Brown said in September. “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. This is something we’re going to have to stick by him, put the right pieces around him and help him learn how to play that position as well. So it’s not a short-term kind of look at him.”

Griffin is still only 26 years old, and though injuries have slowed his once-promising career, the Browns likely feel that enough upside remains that it makes sense to take another look at RG3 before making their decision on his 2017 fate. Still, that probably won’t stop Cleveland from investing more resources at the quarterback position next year, and the club has already been rumored to have shown interest in UNC QB Mitch Trubisky.

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4 comments on “Robert Griffin III Cleared For Contact

  1. TheMichigan

    Nooooooo just let Kessler have the job.

    RG3 is a washed up guy. Kessler has promise if they can fix that O-Line but Hue Jackson cannot see it apparently

    • JT19

      If Kessler could stay healthy, I’m sure they would let him have the job. But it also makes sense to see what they got in RG3. It’s probably nothing, but it’s not going to hurt to let RG3 atleast get some reps. If Kessler has promise as you claim (and I don’t disagree), to keep putting him out there behind that makeshift O-Line so he can continue getting hurt or playing bad is the exact reason why the Browns are the laughingstock of the league.

    • ucalex

      The browns let Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz walk last off-season. Would have been nice to have a solid O-line as they search for a franchise QB

  2. unsaturatedmatz

    RGIII will never be cleared for contact. That’s like clearing a paper bag to get hit by a tractor. It might not be crushed before it’s hit, but we all know what happens after.

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