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Browns evaluating options at QB, Robert Griffin III among them

The Browns have spoken of finding a franchise quarterback and are carefully evaluating all options to do so.

Among those potential options is Robert Griffin III, the former Washington star who visited Cleveland late Friday and Saturday.

Cleveland coach Hue Jackson on Sunday told the NFL Network the Browns had a "great meeting" with Griffin, who took the league by storm as a rookie in 2012.

Griffin, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor, has passed for 8,097 yards and 40 touchdowns — including 3,200 yards and 20 scores in his first year with the Redskins.

Griffin, who did not play last season and struggled with injuries in the previous seasons, was released by Washington last month. 

"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," Jackson said.

"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."

The Browns have expressed the need to find stability at the position, be it with someone on the roster, through the draft or via free agency.

"We're going to take every shot we can to find a franchise quarterback," Jackson said earlier this month in an interview with ESPN 850 WKNR at the Cleveland Auto Show.

"My goal is to put a quarterback on this football team that our fans, that this city can be proud of and call their own because he'll be a guy that plays well week in and week out."

Of course, Griffin is one of several potential options for the Browns, who hold the second and 32nd overall draft picks in April's draft.

Jackson on Friday attended Cal quarterback Jared Goff's Pro Day in Berkeley, calling him a "tremendous young man" who had a "tremendous career" with the Golden Bears.

"But I think you guys all know it's more than that than just playing quarterback," Jackson said, "that guy has to be the face of the franchise. So you kind of want to find out as much as you can and evaluate it all as you go through this process."​

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