Browns release Robert Griffin III; NFL moves Friday
(AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Browns are releasing quarterback Robert Griffin III after one injury-marred season. Griffin is being let go one day before he would have been due a $750,000 roster bonus, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
After he was waived by Washington, Griffin signed with the Browns last March hoping to revive his career. However, the 27-year-old broke his right shoulder in the season opener and missed 11 games. Griffin returned late in the year and led the Browns to their only win.
Griffin's departure comes one day after the Browns acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler in a trade with Houston. Osweiler, though, is not viewed as Cleveland's long-term answer at quarterback. The Browns have the assets to make another deal for a QB or take one high in this year's draft.
Among other NFL moves Friday
— Kirk Cousins' agent says the Washington Redskins' quarterback has signed his contract for the exclusive franchise tag. Mike McCartney tweeted the news on Friday morning, 10 days after the team placed the tag on Cousins, guaranteeing him a salary of about $24 million for the 2017 season. The Redskins have until July 15 to try to work out a long-term deal with their starting QB. They also could trade Cousins.
— The Los Angeles Chargers have landed Russell Okung, the most prominent free-agent left tackle still on the market. The Chargers announced a four-year deal for Okung, who spent last season with the Denver Broncos after playing his first six seasons in Seattle.
— The Arizona Cardinals and outside linebacker Chandler Jones have agreed to a five-year contract. The agreement comes after the Cardinals placed the franchise tag on Jones to prevent him from becoming a free agent. The Cardinals acquired Jones in a trade with New England before last season. He had 11 sacks last season, along with four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 tackles for loss.
— The Carolina Panthers have signed unrestricted free agent safety Mike Adams to a two-year contract. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Adams comes to Carolina after three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015 after tying for the league lead with seven takeaways in 2014 and posting five interceptions in 2015.
— The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff. The five-year veteran started 69 games for the Lions, including 48 at left tackle and 14 at right tackle. The Vikings finished a disappointing 8-8 last season thanks in large part to one of the worst offensive lines in the league.
— The Detroit Lions have signed a pair of unrestricted free agents: offensive tackle Rick Wagner and defensive lineman Akeem Spence. They also made another addition to their defense, signing free agent linebacker Paul Worrilow.
— The Chicago Bears have finalized contracts with four free agents, starting with a three-year contract for new quarterback Mike Glennon. The Bears also signed safety Quintin Demps from Houston and tight end Dion Sims from Miami to three-year deals, and wide receiver Markus Wheaton from Pittsburgh to a two-year contract.
— The Indianapolis Colts have cut starting cornerback Patrick Robinson, saving $2.5 million. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Robinson played his first five NFL seasons in New Orleans before joining San Diego in 2015. He has 260 tackles, 10 interceptions and one sack in his pro career.
— The Bengals have re-signed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to a five-year contract. Cincinnati's first-round draft choice in 2012, Kirkpatrick has started 32 of the last 35 Bengals games. His three interceptions in 2016 were tied for the team lead. He led the team in passes defensed in 2015 and was second in 2016.
— The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed four free agents, including three defensive starters, to contracts totaling more than $150 million. Cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive end Calais Campbell, safety Barry Church and backup linebacker Lerentee McCray signed new deals.
— The Tennessee Titans have continued the reconstruction of their secondary by signing safeties Johnathan Cyprien and Brynden Trawick.
— A day after firing GM Scot McCloughan, the Washington Redskins announced the signings of three defensive free agents: linemen Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain and safety D.J. Swearinger.
— The Buffalo Bills have continued shuffling their backfield by cutting safety Corey Graham.The 10-year veteran had one year left on his contract after playing the previous three seasons for his hometown team. Graham's release comes a day after the Bills cut fellow starting safety Aaron Williams.