Robert Griffin III will have a chance to become the 25th different starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999. No other franchise has started 20 different quarterbacks during that span.
Griffin has had an up-and-down start to his pro career, from winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 to not playing a single snap in 2015.
Griffin's rookie season in 2012 was highlighted by the Washington Redskins winning their first division title since 1999.
He passed for 3,200 yards and rushed for another 815 that year. The only other players in NFL history with at least 3,000 passing yards and 800 rushing yards in a season are Randall Cunningham (1990) and Russell Wilson (2014). Griffin’s Total QBR of 76 that year ranked third in the NFL behind Peyton Manning (83) and Tom Brady (77).
Griffin saw his snaps drop from 903 in his rookie season to 873 in 2013, 438 in 2014 and zero last season.
The decline in snaps and production over the years coincides with Griffin's long history with serious injuries.
Sept. 26, 2009
Griffin suffered a season-ending knee injury in Baylor’s third game of the season. It was a noncontact isolated tear of his right ACL. Griffin underwent surgery in October.
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon hit Griffin in an October game and the former Redskins quarterback suffered a mild concussion. A hit from Haloti Ngata in December forced Griffin to miss one game with an LCL sprain.
Jan. 6, 2013
After a regular season that won him NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Griffin tore his ACL and LCL in a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Sept. 14, 2014
Griffin dislocated his ankle in the first quarter of Washington’s Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Aug. 20, 2015
Griffin left a preseason game with what was ruled as a concussion. He was cleared to play the next week but was ruled out one day later and did not play a single snap in 2015.
Cleveland’s QB issues and draft impact
If Griffin is able to win the starting job in Cleveland for the 2016 season opener, he would become the fourth different opening day quarterback for the team in as many years.
The Browns have selected four quarterbacks in the first round since 1999, most of any team.
Both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. had the Browns selecting Carson Wentz second overall in their latest mock drafts that came out before Griffin's signing. Adam Schefter reports that the Browns signing Griffin is not expected to have an impact on what Cleveland does in the draft.
If the Browns draft Wentz No. 2 overall to compete with Griffin, it would be an unprecedented move. Since the 1979 NFL draft -- the first after the implementation of Division I-A (FBS) -- no non-FBS QB has been selected in the top two picks. The highest previously was Steve McNair, who went third overall to the Houston Oilers in the 1995 NFL draft out of Alcorn State.