Reports are coming in that the Cleveland Browns have made a move in free agency towards addressing their quarterback situation through a signing of former quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III.
Cleveland is expected to reach agreement with former Redskins' QB Robert Griffin III today, per team source. Griffin III to be a Brown.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2016
The news shakes up the free agency pot for teams in search of a starting quarterback, as now Colin Kaepernick is still up for grabs for teams whom are still in the market for the position.
The Browns have been a disaster of a franchise for decades now, and the quarterback position has been one of the biggest problems in the franchise. As of December of this past season, the Browns have had 24 different starting quarterbacks since 1999. This means that should Robert Griffin III win the starting job as expected, his name will be soon added to the ever-growing list that has haunted Browns fans for years.
The above picture has been a running joke for years, much like the Browns' organization, but it's something which Griffin is going to join soon. Browns fans can sure hope that the culture at quarterback will change with Griffin and new head coach, Hue Jackson, being the next duo to try and turn the organization around.
But the problem just begins at the quarterback position at the Cleveland Browns. Their history is cluttered with bad draft picks, and Griffin becoming a Brown brings an interesting factoid into consideration:
The Browns have now had three players on their roster who were selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
After Robert Griffin III was selected as the second overall pick by the Washington Redskins, Cleveland rushed to the podium to select running back Trent Richardson of Alabama. Richardson would have a solid rookie season and then be a non-factor for the Browns. They were able to escape Richardson's decline by trading him to the Indianapolis Colts for the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, which was later traded along with a third round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 22nd overall pick. That was the selection which the Browns would use to select quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first round in 2014, whom was just released by the Browns after two seasons with the team and a disaster of a reputation. So essentially, the Browns used their third overall pick to select a running back which would become one of the biggest busts in recent history, only trade him and other draft picks to select one of the biggest quarterback disasters in recent history; cue the "circle of life" music.
Add all that to the fact that the Browns used a second pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft to select another quarterback whom would never pan out for the team in Brandon Weeden. Sidenote: Weeden was drafted four years ago, and has already had five replacement quarterbacks since he was given the opportunity to start.
So with Griffin, Richardson and Weeden, that makes three players from the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft whom have been on the Browns' roster.
Considering the Browns' history of quarterbacks and the decline of Griffin's career after his exciting rookie season, some have already called this signing the end of Griffin's career. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen, but it is more than reasonable to speculate as to how this signing can just add to the factory of sadness.
After only getting to face Johnny Manziel once in his brief stint with the Browns, Pittsburgh may be in for a few rematches with Robert Griffin III after they defeated his Washington Redskins in his rookie season by 27-12 at Heinz Field.