BEREA,Ohio--There might be another reason the Browns passed on drafting Carson Wentz or another quarterback at the top of the draft.
Sashi Brown said the Browns are looking at Robert Griffin III as much more than a bridge quarterback.
"For us, we've been pleased with Robert, coming in and working hard and really learning the system is the first thing for him, taking to the coaching," Brown said. "Hue (Jackson) and Pep (Hamilton) have done a great job with him and he's really bought in. We've been pleased with Robert. As we move forward, we'll be having those discussions in terms, of what we need to see.
"To be fair to Robert, he's young in his career in terms of his development as a quarterback," Brown said. "We will develop him over time. He's under contract here for two years, but we certainly don't look at this as a two-year venture or a week-to-week venture. This is something we have to stick by him and have to put the right pieces around him and help him learn how to play the position.
"It's not a short-term look at him."
Griffin, 26, was signed to a two-year contract by the Browns as an unrestricted free agent on March 24, over a month before the NFL Draft. It's sounding more and more that the Browns think he can be the franchise quarterback the team has been looking for.
However, even though Jackson likes the direction Griffin is trending, he says it's anything but a done deal with Griffin.
"Nothing is etched in stone right now," Jackson said. "We feel good about the things he's done here since he's come here. He is demonstrating leadership and the ability to play the position for us. He has shown the poise that we look for at quarterback and I think all of those conversations we'll continue to have as we move through the season.
"Does if have the possibility to have more discussion as we move forward about his long term commitment to our organization, yes, but as you know me, I'm focused on this week's game and I'm sure he is too."
All Hands on Deck: Only DB Marcus Bailey (groin) is not expected to play as the Browns open their season Sunday against the Eagles.
Des takes Payout: DL Desmond Bryant took a paycut from $6 million to $1.25 million for this season since he is out for the season on the Non-football Injury list with a pectoral injury suffered in the off-season. ESPN's Field Yates reported the movement.null