NFL Rumors: Cleveland Browns Signing Geno Smith To Replace Robert Griffin III
The Cleveland Browns find themselves in a very precarious position following the untimely injury to starting quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder last weekend in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The good news is that RG3 will not require surgery though his return is unknown. His shoulder will be re-evaluated after a month, which will hopefully turn out well.
The turn of events come as a sour development for the Browns who signed Griffin to a two-year, $15 million contract. He was named as the official starting quarterback for Cleveland by coach Hue Jackson last month.
"It's really unfortunate because Robert worked extremely hard to put himself in a position to be our quarterback, to be one of the team leaders and it's just very unfortunate. But please let me make it known Robert didn't get hurt trying to run into a linebacker or (defensive backs) as what happened," Jackson said via NFL.com.
Geno Smith to fill in for RG3
With no word on when Griffin will be back, the Browns may be forced to explore the market for a possible replacement. One sensible player could be Geno Smith of the New York Jets, who has not gotten the breaks to fly in the NFL.
Smith was known as a gunslinger for the West Virginia Mountaineers but a defense-oriented philosophy for the Jets. Rex Ryan is one of the few defensive-minded coaches in the NFL right now and such is seen as the reason why Smith has been grounded, Fansided reported.
With Smith struggling to cope, Ryan Fitzpatrick is on tap plus some other quarterbacks in development – Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. With that in mind, it could make sense for the Jets to deal Smith to the Browns for a couple of draft picks instead.
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