Thursday, March 24, 2016

Redskins Update: RGIII to Browns; Fred to Cowboys

"The Browns confirmed the news in an official release Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Griffin's deal is for two years and is worth a total of $15 million with $6.75 million guaranteed. Rapoport added that RGII is set to make $7.5 million in 2016 with $3.5 million coming in the form of a signing bonus."
Washington Post:
Robert Griffin III just finished up four of the wackiest years imaginable, in which he played for two head coaches, was benched twice, was hailed as a savior and doused with scorn, prompted Washington’s most exciting season in a generation and slogged through Washington’s worst back-to-back campaigns in 20 years. No matter who was to blame, Griffin was the subject of countless anonymously sourced reports, dominated social media, and ensured that the Redskins were a fixture on sports-radio shows, Web sites and television programs around the country.

Had he gone to Denver or San Francisco, Griffin would be measured against very recent Super Bowl campaigns; in Cleveland he’ll be measured against a fetid pool of sadness. And if he fails, much of his failure will be attributed to general Clevelandness, his chewed-up career laid to rest next to the wreckage of Weeden and Wynn, Frye and Quinn.

But that’s being reasonable. This is no time for reason. This is a time to note with astonishment that after being drafted by a sometimes dysfunctional franchise coming off three straight losing seasons and four straight last-place finishes — and after briefly reviving that organization — Griffin is now joining a frequently dysfunctional franchise coming off eight straight losing seasons and five straight last-place finishes.

The Browns are on their fourth head coach in five seasons. They have the NFL’s third-longest playoff drought. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, they have the league’s fewest points, worst scoring differential and worst record. Some RGIII fans hoped he might stumble into stability and quiet at his next stop.

Sometime next fall, Griffin seems likely to become the 26th quarterback to attempt a pass for the Browns over the last 16 seasons. You know how many of them left Cleveland with a winning record? Try one: Brian Hoyer, he of the magisterial 10-7 mark.

Washington Post:
After the Redskins’ fan favorite running back signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Alfred Morris talked to’s Lindsay Draper about what it’s like to go from one side of a storied NFL rivalry to the other.

“That’s tough,” Morris said before echoing some of what he wrote in a farewell Instagram post to Redskins fans earlier this month. “I know I’m probably going to get a lot on social media, probably like hate messages and stuff from the Skins fans, but it’s okay. In my heart, I’m always going to love and appreciate everything that was there. It’s definitely weird, but at the end of the day it’s a crazy business, and this is the way the cookie crumbled. Nothing against the Redskins or any of their fans, this is what has happened for me and life has moved on. We’ll see what happens.”

After re-signing veteran defensive lineman Kedric Golston, a longtime special teamer for the Redskins, McCloughan recently added safety David Bruton Jr. and linebacker Terence Garvin, both of whom were mainstays for the Denver Broncos’ and Pittsburgh Steelers special teams units.

Bruton Jr., an eight-year veteran, was one of the Broncos’ team captains the last three seasons and was a Pro Bowl alternate during the 2012 season as a special teamer for the AFC. The Notre Dame product has also blocked two punts during his career and even recorded a 35-yard fake punt run in 2013.

For Garvin, undrafted out of West Virginia, he’s made his living on special teams. In his three seasons with the Steelers, Garvin led the team with 33 special teams tackles (26 solo).

More information:
» SI: “What happened there would break a lot of people,” Griffin said.

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