When Robert Griffin III went to a kids clinic at the Cleveland Browns practice facility Tuesday, it struck him how close it was to being home.
Griffin admitted, while in northern Ohio for the Rookie Symposium, that he thought he’d end up with the Browns instead of the Redskins.
“Once I declared for the draft, Cleveland was a place I thought I would be just because they had the most firepower when it came to draft picks and tradeability,” Griffin told Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Griffin denied that the didn’t want to play for the Browns, and his current status basically came down to the fact the Redskins blew St. Louis away with a package of three first-rounders and their 2012 second. The Browns reportedly offered their two firsts this year, plus next year’s first.
Thus spurned, the Browns used those two firsts this year on running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden, who will get a chance to face Griffin and the Redskins Dec. 16.
The last time the two met, Weeden and his Oklahoma State teammates thrashed Griffin’s Baylor team 59-24.
“I got to know [Weeden] a little bit, he’s a great guy,” Griffin said. “On the field, it speaks for itself. He’s got a great arm and he seems like a great leader. Everyone wants to question his age (28), but as long as you are playing well right now it doesn’t matter what your age.”
And if Griffin goes onto the kind of career the Redskins envision, it won’t matter that they overpaid to get him.