Robert Griffin III
The first player on this list is someone who is going to get a lot of buzz around Cleveland. Robert Griffin III is a real candidate to find his way into Cleveland. The main reason why this is going to get some serious buzz is because there is only three ways for the Browns to get a new quarterback; a trade, the draft or free agency.
We will get to the first two options later, but if Cleveland wants to go in the direction of free agency, RGIII is going to be the best quarterback available. As we think about RGIII possibly coming into the AFC North, Cincinnati and everyone else should be a little fearful. When Griffin was in Washington, he first won the Rookie of the year. Then after getting hurt, RGIII’s career began to take a slide. Playing behind a bad offensive line, a lackluster defense, a coaching change and practically no real skill positions, it is pretty hard for anyone to be able to succeed there.
However, RGIII needs to take blame for the things he could control. With that being said, can we actually see Griffin’s career comeback to relevancy under Hue Jackson in Cleveland? I personally can. The reason why is not just because Jackson is the quarterback whisperer. Jackson uses his players strengths to the fullest and hides their weaknesses. Case and point would be Terrelle Pryor, Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron.
If we want to take it a step further, look at Cleveland’s roster and compare it to Washington’s during RGIII’s tenure. Cleveland does not have a bad roster they just can’t seem to win. Cleveland has a top rank defense. While the numbers may not prove it all the time, an AFC North defense is nothing to joke about, especially one that has Joe Haden and Danny Shelton.
The Browns also future All-Pro LT Joe Thomas, All-Pro Center Alex Mack and a promising rookie in LG Joel Bitonio on the line. Lastly, when we add in the fact that the offense futures solid playmakers in Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson Jr., Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin and possibly Josh Gordon once again, RGIII could certainly succeed here.
Cincinnati may have to think twice if Griffin comes to Cleveland. One thing is for sure Griffin is hungry for a second chance and the Browns are in need of a quarterback.
Next: AJ McCarron