Where Robert Griffin III Should Not Sign

It is one of the worst kept secrets in the National Football League this year regarding the status of one Robert Griffin III. The 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year was stuck behind Kirk Cousins, who trademarked his new catchphrase “You like that?!” and Colt McCoy all year, active for only one stinking game.

And now his time has ended with the Redskins as he was released on March 7th.

I guess if you asked RGIII about how his time in Washington ended, he’d probably say that…he doesn’t…like that.

Get it? Because of Cousins’ new catchphrase and…sorry. I’ll move on, just please don’t click on the X button at the top.

As with any big name free agent, there will be plenty of experts who will talk about where the player should go. Where will he fit the best? What team will give him the best opportunity?

Allow me, your esteemed (laughingly trying to pass himself off as a) writer, to mention a couple of teams that Robert Griffin III should steer clear of.

Dallas Cowboys

After the dumpster fire that was the 2015 Cowboys season, it’s becoming more clear that Dallas should strongly consider finding a highly-touted quarterback to develop, as Tony Romo will turn 36 in April, and will eventually have to go the cyborg route in order to complete an entire season. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that it would be a good fit for RGIII.

Yeah, Romo isn’t getting any younger. But RGIII is already a player that’s attracted a lot of attention from the media during his pro career.

From his comments following a loss to Tampa Bay in November of 2014 [1], to claiming to be the the best quarterback in the league during the 2015 Redskins training camp, to a social media faux pas of liking an Instagram post that ripped the Redskins organization for their handling of the quarterback controversy (in which RGIII blamed an intern), he has seen a lot of negative attention in his first four seasons.

Now you add in the attention of being the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys? I’m sure the thought of adding a high profile player such as RGIII would have Jerry Jones dancing with his freshly installed hips, but all of the extra media attention that he’d draw into the locker room can’t help but serve as a distraction for a team that spends so much time burning in the spotlight.

Cleveland Browns

The city by the burning Cuyahoga has been yearning for sustained success since the magical years of Kelly Holcomb. But through repeated head coach changing, terrible drafting, and incompetent front officing, fans of the Browns have suffered ever since you were downloading music off of Napster .

Here’s a list of the turnstile that is the quarterback position for the Browns, since 1999:

Tim Couch, Ty Detmer, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Ken Dorsey, Brady Quinn, Bruce Gradkowski, Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Brandon Weeden, Thaddeus Lewis, Jason Campbell, Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw, Josh McCown, Austin Davis.

Trent Dilfer with the 49ers

Trent Dilfer: The closest thing to a Super Bowl winning quarterback the Browns have had in a long time.

I’d laugh, but at this point that would just be immoral. What’s just as immoral is that both Weeden and Hoyer helped get the Texans into the playoffs.

Sure, Johnny Manziel is on the way out of Cleveland (and the league, at this rate), and the Browns once again have a ‘Now hiring a quarterback’ sign outside of the stadium. And even if they select a quarterback with their first round pick, RGIII would surely have a shot at the starting job.

But there is also no promise that Josh Gordon is coming back from his year-long suspension. Throw in the idea that all-world offensive tackle Joe Thomas was nearly dealt during the season. And, Cleveland is again starting over with a new head coach in Hue Jackson.

If RGIII wants one hell of a redemption story, taking this moribund franchise to multiple postseasons would be a wonderful chapter in his career. Maybe even putting together some winning seasons would stop fans from ripping off their jerseys every time the Browns go full on Browns. But as of now, if he were to sign there, he might as well be throwing to Webster Slaughter.

I’m not sure where Robert Griffin III will eventually land. Will he get to a place where he can start, or will he be money-whipped into a backup position? Who knows? But Jerry World and the perpetual punching bag that is the Browns QB position are two locations where he should steer clear of.

Image Credits: Erik Drost, John Martinez Pavliga

Author: Joseph Ruscitti

I’m a 30-something year old part-time blogger, part-time small business owner, and part-time human.

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