Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that he continues to hear “a mounting buzz” regarding the Browns’ intent to sign Griffin, adding he “wouldn’t be surprised at all if that came together this week.”
Marc Sessler of noted Griffin met with the Cleveland Browns on Friday and Saturday, and Mary Kay Cabot of provided a synopsis of what Sashi Brown, the Browns’ executive vice president of football operations, said regarding the team’s interest in Griffin.
“Brown said the Browns are moving forward on possibly signing quarterback Robert Griffin III and that the team is doing its due diligence,” Cabot reported. “He did not sound like a signing is imminent, but those things can change. Griffin III and his agent, Ben Dogra, are not at the meetings.”
Sessler provided comments Browns head coach Hue Jackson made to NFL Media’s Steve Wyche:
It was a great meeting. I think he’s obviously a tremendous talent and a great young man. He had a lot of success early in Washington and then things just didn’t work out. Those things happen in the National Football League. But at the same time we are going through our process. We are going to be very diligent in what we are doing — trying to make sure that we put the right quarterbacks on our football team and in that quarterback room. And that’s one of my biggest responsibilities and also one of our organization’s biggest responsibilities.
On Sunday morning, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reported, “The Browns are making calls to people who know Griffin to find out who may know more about the player and, specifically, his character.” Florio continued:
The Browns reportedly are willing to give up a third-round pick to acquire quarterback Colin Kaepernick from the 49ers, but Kaepernick reportedly isn’t willing to reduce his $12 million salary far enough to get the deal done. The interest in Griffin, who can be acquired without compensation to any team and surely at far less than $12 million, could be aimed at getting Kaepernick to blink.
And if Kaepernick doesn’t blink, the Browns possibly will give Griffin a chance to turn around his career with a franchise that has been trying to turn itself around for more than a decade.
Regarding Kaepernick, Jackson also told Wyche (via Sessler): “I can’t comment on players on other teams. But it is where it is and eventually I think all those things will show itself.” Brown provided more details, however, courtesy of Cabot:
Brown said the Browns are not actively engaged in trade talks with the 49ers for Colin Kaepernick, “and at this point we don’t anticipate being engaged with San Francisco.” He said the Browns were called to see if they were interested, and engaged in some preliminary talks. He said the Browns’ interest was “over-reported,” and that they never negotiated a draft pick or a new contract for Kaepernick.

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