Robert Griffin III officially released from the Browns

Jan 1, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) passes to running back Isaiah Crowell (34) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this morning news came out that the Browns have officially released Robert Griffin III from the roster.

Rumors about his release had been swirling since the Osweiler trade. In his 2016 season with the Browns, Griffin played five games and threw for 886 yards and two touchdowns, logging a quarterback rating of 72.5. He initially signed with the Browns for a two-year, 15 million dollar contract, but with the Browns excess cap space any payments left to be made to Griffin aren’t going to hurt the team.


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The release of Griffin will likely be good news for most Browns fans, as he wasn’t a viable franchise quarterback and was painful to watch even at the best of times. If he’s willing to take a major pay cut, it’s likely a few desperate teams will be interested in him as a backup quarterback.

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