QB Gri∞n will likely get another shot in NFL
The NFL opportunities are dwindling for quarterback Robert Griffin III. But they’re probably not exhausted quite yet.
The Cleveland Browns released Griffin on Friday. The move comes with Griffin, the NFL offensive rookie of the year for the Washington Redskins in 2012, one season into the two-year contract he signed with the Browns.
The hope when the Browns signed Griffin was that Hue Jackson, their new head coach and a respected offensive mind, could help Griffin recapture his rookieyear magic. It didn’t happen.
Griffin got hurt in the season opener. By the time he healed, the team’s season was a lost cause. Griffin gave little indication that he was the answer to the franchise’s long-standing quarterback problem, and the Browns finished 1-15.
The Browns’ search for a reliable quarterback continues. They have the first and 12th overall choices in next month’s NFL draft, plus a pair of second-round selections this year and a first-rounder and three second-rounders next year.
The knee-jerk reaction is that Griffin is done and out of chances. He has not been the same player since hurting his knee in his rookie season and rushing back to be in the lineup for the opener of his second season.
He has not made the transition from being an improvisational quarterback in a college-style offense as a rookie to being a dependable pocket passer in an NFLstyle offense. He has not demonstrated that he can remain healthy and on the field.
But, keep in mind, there is a shortage of quality quarterbacks in the NFL. Plenty of teams need a starter. Others need a backup. There are many underwhelming quarterbacks around the league. Griffin is likely to get another chance somewhere, at some point. But he’d better make the most of it. Now-or-never time is getting pretty close for him.