Robert Griffin III has acclimated well to his post-NFL career, serving as an ESPN analyst since 2021. Nevertheless, the desire to compete on Sundays has not waned in recent years for the former second overall pick – so much so that Griffin reports himself as Deshaun Watson’s replacement in Cleveland.
On Thursday on his “RG3 and The Ones” podcast, Griffin issued a public service statement to a Browns franchise seeking answers in the spotlight, stating that “they need to get on my line.”
“The Browns should hire me as their starting quarterback,” Griffin boldly announced.
The former Offensive Rookie of the Year has no shortage of confidence and believes he can help the Browns make their first Super Bowl appearance in team history.
“I can go out there and officiate for the Cleveland Browns and help them win the Super Bowl that they want to be a part of,” he added.
Griffin, 33, has not appeared at an NFL game since 2020, when he served as Lamar Jackson’s backup for the Baltimore Ravens. Fittingly, his last appearance as a starter came with the Browns, where he made five starts for Cleveland in 2016, going 1-4 during that span.
With Watson expected to miss the rest of the 2023 NFL season with a shoulder injury, the Browns have named rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson at quarterback. Thompson-Robinson, a fifth-round pick out of UCLA, turned heads in the preseason by leading the team in passing yards (440) and completion percentage (63.8).
His lone regular season start didn’t go so well, as Thompson-Robinson threw three interceptions in a fourth-place loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Still, the rookie has the most upside among the realistic quarterback options Cleveland has at its disposal – including Griffin.