Robert Griffin III gets second chance with Browns


Robert Griffin III and the Cleveland Browns reached a contract agreement on Thursday as both parties look to return to NFL relevance.

Terms were not announced, but multiple reports said the quarterback has signed a two-year deal.

For Griffin, a change of scenery and the chance to play for head coach Hue Jackson in a system similar to the one he used by the Washington Redskins - who released the 26-year-old this month - could kick start a career derailed by injuries.

Last year the Redskins named Kirk Cousins as the starter and quarterback of the future and Griffin did not play a snap all season.

The Browns need to solidify their quarterback situation after parting with Johnny Manziel. Cleveland could still select a quarterback with the second overall pick in the draft, and there are conflicting reports over whether that QB or Griffin would enter the season as the starter. 

"I'm just excited to come in and compete," Griffin told the Browns' website. "Nothing's ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team. I feel like that's all I'm really focused on."

Jackson has an impressive track record working with Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco. Griffin recently met with Jackson, who said he saw a changed person.

"He knows there's things he could have done better," Jackson said earlier this week. "And that's where he is. To me that showed the humbleness. Because that's what it's all about. In this league you don't grow if you don't admit that you've made some mistakes."

Griffin was the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award in his maiden professional season.