There have been a lot of terrible players on the Cleveland Browns who were stars elsewhere. Despite so much pain, there are only a select few who actually stand out as “strange.”
The Cleveland Browns are a franchise with a lot of sadness and futility. In fact, the Cleveland Sports site on the FanSided Network is named Factory of Sadness. This is a fanbase that has seen its fair share of bad signings, trades, and positive contributors turning into an overall headache. There are a ton of players who went to Cleveland, and it just didn’t make sense. Just recently, Odell Beckham Jr., Jadeveon Clowney, former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, Olivier Vernon, and Carlos Hyde brought their star power to Cleveland, leaving with very little fanfare.
However, none of those players come close to the weirdest players on the Browns roster. There are a few players who really put the Browns in a bad spot. Many were quarterbacks, so we’re keeping that to just one. So, Jeff Garcia’s terrible stint won’t get a mention. It was so bad, we actually recognize Garcia in a Browns uniform. Johnny Manziel is obviously recognized for how bad he was in Cleveland. DeShaun Watson looks weird in Cleveland, but it’s hard to think about anything besides the many allegations against him. There’s a laundry list of quarterbacks we could choose, but we went with one that most probably completely forgot.
Here are the strangest players we ever saw in a Browns uniform:
3. Robert Griffin III
RGIII was one of the most dynamic rookies in the history of the league. He took the Rookie of the Year award from Andrew Luck, who was equally as amazing. Then, things fell apart for Robert Griffin III. He suffered multiple knee injuries, and Washington just mishandled his career over and over again.
Griffin was cut by the Washington Football Team in March of 2016, just three years after he was one of the best quarterbacks and young stars in the league. He signed with the Browns less than a month later, and he was named the starting quarterback in training camp. He would last one game before the injuries crept up again.
A shoulder injury cost Griffin most of the season. He would come back in December, but he was largely ineffective, and the Browns cut him in the offseason. RGIII is one of the saddest stories in the league. A team mismanaged him, and he went to Cleveland of all places. It just didn’t work, and Griffin never saw his star shine again.