RG3: What happened with Redskins 'would break a lot of people'

Redskins coach Jay Gruden had nothing but laudatory things to say about new Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III, the man he benched several times during their time together in Washington, before eventually dumping earlier this offseason.

Meanwhile, Griffin, who signed with Cleveland on Thursday, sounds relieved to put his mostly tumultuous stint with the Redskins behind him.

It's certainly understandable that Griffin might not have fond memories of his time in Washington; after winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and helping the Redskins to the playoffs, injuries and inconsistency conspired to derail his career. Not helping: philosophical differences with Mike Shanahan, the man that drafted him, and later Gruden, who never seemed to buy into the RG3 hype.

Now, after quietly serving as the backup to the backup behind Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy for the entirety of the 2015 season, RG3 gets a second chance at redemption in Cleveland. The good news is that first-year coach Hue Jackson has a solid track record of getting the most out of his quarterbacks. The bad news is that this is Cleveland we're talking about, where talent goes to die.

Griffin is undeterred.

"I feel like I've got a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be as a team, and where I want to be as a pro," RG3 told reporters on Thursday, via Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot.

The expectation is that Griffin will be the Browns' starter in 2016, though it stands to reason that the team will still use its No. 2 pick on a quarterback.

"You go out and compete," Griffin said about the possibility of competing with a rookie for the job. "If they draft a quarterback, I'll take the guy under my wing. Got a lot of experience."

Four years ago, the Redskins traded up to get Griffin, but they weren't the only team interested in the former Baylor star. The Browns also wanted him, though the deal fell through.

"There are reasons [the trade] didn't happen," then-Browns president Mike Holmgren said at the time. "We were very aggressive and it didn't work. Rest assured, we were aggressively involved in that."

Instead, Cleveland used its two 2012 first-round picks on Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. Richardson was traded in Sept. 2013, and Weeden was released after the 2013 season.

But all's well that ends well (for the time being, anyway): Griffin says he was ready to be a Brown back in '12, and he's "more than ready now."

RG3 is happy to be the latest Cleveland franchise QB. (USATSI)
RG3 is happy to be the latest Cleveland franchise QB. (USATSI)

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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