It looks like Robert Griffin III is making friends in Cleveland.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Browns voted him to be one of their captains for the 2016 season. Head coach Hue Jackson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot he didn’t see that coming.
RGIII, exiled in Washington, has been voted captain a captain in Cleveland.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2016
“I was a little surprised because hasn’t been here very long,” Jackson said. “He should feel good about that.”
Griffin was cut by a team that traded their 2012 draft to get him, the Washington Redskins, in March of this year. He was signed to a two-year deal by the Browns and declared their starter on Aug. 8.
Besides injuries, one of the biggest problems he had in Washington was getting along with his teammates. ESPN’s Britt McHenry reported in 2014 that sources told her Griffin had alienated himself in the locker room. Shortly after Griffin’s release, former Washington tight end Chris Cooley said in an interview with ESPN 980 that the offensive line and a lot of the receivers didn’t like Griffin.
It seems like this new start in Cleveland is starting off as well as possible. Griffin has showed some promise in the preseason and his new teammates want him to be one of their leaders. That’s a start and maybe when Josh Gordon returns, we can see a little bit of the RGIII from 2012.