He decided to sign with the Browns after meeting with head coach Hue Jackson and associate head coach Pep Hamilton earlier this week. Also, with this signing, it means that the Browns are no longer interested in acquiring San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
He receives a $3.5 signing bonus and a guaranteed $3.25 million base salary. He can earn $750,000 per-game for roster bonuses and $3.5 million in performance-based incentives for playing time, passing yards and passer rating.
“This isn’t about me, to be honest with you. I just want to go out and help this team win football games,” Griffin said when asked during a conference call how important it was for him to get his career back on track. “I believe in what Coach Hue is preaching. I believe in Pep Hamilton and what they plan to do.
“That’s really what it’s about for me. It’s about the team, it’s about Coach believing in this team and the city. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have [taken] the job. And if he didn’t believe in what I could do, he wouldn’t have brought me to Cleveland with him. I’m just real excited about the opportunity. It’s not about me or my career. It’s about this team and growing with this team, and that’s what I set out to do.”
With this signing, he gets another chance to kick-start his career after Redskins head coach Jay Gruden shut him down.
Jackson reportedly even had RGIII work out for him to show that he still has something left in his 26-year-old body.
“Our visit was very informative, a lot of dialogue back and forth,” Jackson said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “A lot of tough questions asked, a lot of tough questions answered. I don’t baby people. I’m sorry. That’s just not who I am. I ask the tough questions, and I expect to get the tough answers, and he handled all that extremely well.”
Griffin III will likely be their starter, as the team still tends to draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in April’s 2016 NFL Draft. The name that’s being talked about a lot with the Broncos is Carson Wentz, the FCS quarterback from North Dakota State Bison.
If he’s the team’s starter, he could make $11 million per season over the next two seasons. If Wentz or Jared Goff, the Cal Bears quarterback, beats him out for the starting position, then he’ll make $7.5 million per season.
With the Browns, he’s going to get the opportunity to be the starter — something the Washington Redskins were not willing to give him this past season. He had a $16.1 million option for 2016 should he have gotten hurt, so the team put him on the bench and put paper wrap around him so he wouldn’t get injured, thus allowing owner Daniel Snyder not having to pay that amount to RGIII.
In 2014, he saw limited action as he played in nine games. He went 147-of-214 for 1,694 with four touchdowns. He also threw six interceptions and had a 33.5 QB Rating.
“What I learned most was just the love that’s inside of me for this game of football. What happened down there would break a lot of people,” Griffin III said. “I thank God for the people he surrounded me with to help me get through that time and to show me that this is what I’m supposed to do.
“This is my calling. I’m excited about that. … When it comes to what I need to work on, I’m excited to have the opportunity to grow with a coach that believes in me. That’s big. I just have to go out and prove it.”
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