The team had RG III in for a two-day visit that wrapped up Saturday, news that was almost as surprising as Joe Haden's ankle surgery announcement Friday.
In 2012, Mike Holmgren tried to pull off a blockbuster deal before the draft to acquire the pick from the Rams that turned into Griffin (Indianapolis took Andrew Luck first).
Washington outbid Cleveland.
The Browns can now sign Griffin as a free agent if they choose.
As the Browns continue to search for that elusive quarterback, the team evidently figures it should talk to everyone. And there’s no harm in doing so.
Griffin does have the same arm he had when he left college, but he brings the same kind of media circus the Browns just eliminated when they cut Johnny Manziel. Griffin also runs a lot, which has led to him deal with significant injuries in his four seasons in the NFL.
The Browns have to decide if the second overall pick in the draft is worth using on Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, if the 32nd is worth a Connor Cook or Paxton Lynch, or if they want to go with a veteran castoff from another team. The veteran would bring experience but also baggage he might have carried with his former team.
Griffin had an excellent rookie season, winning the offensive rookie of the year award with a 102.4 QB rating and guiding the Redskins to a 10-6 record and the playoffs.
But injuries and ineffectiveness led to him losing the starting job last season. Washington now is committed to Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round pick the same year the Redskins drafted Griffin second overall.
Griffin’s struggles started late in the 2012 season when he partially tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while scrambling.
He sat out one game but played in the playoffs, where he could barely move and where he eventually tore his ACL.
He was not the same player in 2013, and in ’14 he missed six games due to a dislocated ankle.
Coach Jay Gruden committed to Griffin as the starter last season, but he was sidelined with a concussion in the preseason. Cousins took over and Griffin spent the season as the third-string quarterback.
Griffin avoided attention last season, declining interviews up to the day he cleaned out his locker.
Griffin has not played in a game since Dec. 28, 2014, a 44-17 loss to Dallas. His high points came in his first two seasons, when he threw for a combined 6,403 yards and ran for 1,304 while tossing 36 touchdowns to 17 interceptions.
He has played in nine of the past 32 games, a steep descent for a guy touted as a franchise-changer when he was drafted. At this point of his career, he does not seem to be the same guy the Redskins drafted.
The visit with the Browns lasted two days and went well.
The Browns must decide where they take this dance next.