RG3 to be starting QB for Cleveland Browns

WASHINGTON — Robert Griffin III is getting another chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Griffin has been named by Cleveland Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson as the team’s starting quarterback for 2016. Griffin will become the Browns 25th starting quarterback since 1999.

The announcement was expected after RG3 signed a two-year, $15 million free-agent contract with Cleveland during the offseason following his release from Washington. Jackson made it official on Monday, saying “it’s time” and that Griffin “has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback.”

Griffin beat out veteran Josh McCown, whose future with the team is uncertain.

 Jackson promised to name his starter before the exhibition opener Friday against Green Bay.

The Browns wanted Griffin back in 2012, but lost out to the Washington Redskins who made a deal with the Rams to move up in the NFL Draft to select Griffin with the No. 2 overall pick.

Griffin was named the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and guided the Redskins to playoffs. Knee injuries hampered Griffin’s progress and last season he lost the starting job with the Redskins to Kirk Cousins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Senior Sports Director and morning sports anchor. He first arrived at WTOP in 1989, left in 1992 and returned in 1995. He is a three-time winner of the A.I.R. award as best radio sportscaster in D.C. In 2008 he won the Edward R. Murrow award for best writing for sports commentaries.

This article was written by WTOP’s news partner, NBC Sports Washington. Sign up for NBC Sports Washington’s free email subscription today.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up