The Browns released Griffin on Friday. The Browns are in the midst of their latest QB overhaul, having added Brock Osweiler (for now) and reportedly being poised to make a run at trading for New England's Jimmy Garoppolo. Griffin has had trouble staying healthy over the course of his NFL career, but he's just 27 years old and a former No. 2 overall pick, so he'll no doubt be afforded an opportunity to kick-start his career elsewhere. However, we doubt that he'll be simply handed a starting job.
The Browns are expected to part ways with Griffin, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Griffin was unable to revive his career in Cleveland, completing just 59.2 percent of his passes for 6.0 yards per attempt in five appearances. The team's decision to take on Brock Osweiler (and his contract) essentially cemented Griffin's exit. Now five years removed from his brilliant rookie season, the 27-year-old would be lucky to find a shot to compete for a starting job. He may have to settle for an outright backup gig.
Griffin finished up the 2016 season by completing 29 of 40 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Steelers. He also rushed five times for 32 yards and was intercepted once. During his last chance to prove he can be Cleveland's franchise quarterback, Griffin displayed the ability to make plays with his arm rather than his feet. He completed 72 percent of his passes and connected with eight different receivers, including two touchdown tosses to tight ends Gary Barnidge and Seth DeValve. Although he's signed through 2017, his future with the Browns is a bit unclear at this time. He missed the majority of the season with a shoulder injury and never really had the opportunity to show that he's more than just a placeholder. We should know more as the offseason unfolds.
Griffin has been confirmed as the Browns' starting quarterback for Sunday's season finale against the Steelers. Griffin was cleared from his concussion Thursday morning, paving the way for him to start a fourth straight game to close this season. With the Steelers having already secured a playoff spot, Griffin could benefit from Pittsburgh resting a number of key defensive players, potentially boosting his chances of throwing a touchdown pass before the season ends.
After returning to practice Thursday, Griffin (concussion) is in line to start Sunday against the Steelers, barring any setbacks, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Per the Akron Beacon Journal, Griffin was medically cleared Thursday morning by an independent neurologist, which sets the stage for Griffin to make his fourth consecutive start. He'll remain a speculative fantasy play in Week 17, but working in his favor is that the Steelers, whose playoff seeding in locked in, are expected to rest or limit a number of their key starters Sunday.
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