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The NFL opportunities are dwindling for Robert Griffin III. But they’re probably not exhausted quite yet.

The Cleveland Browns are releasing the quarterback Friday, according to a person familiar with situation. The move comes with Griffin, the former NFL offensive rookie of the year for the Washington Redskins in 2012, one season  into the two-year contract that he signed with the Browns last offseason.

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The hope when the Browns signed Griffin was that Hue Jackson, their new head coach and a respected offensive mind, could help Griffin to recapture his rookie-year magic. It didn’t happen. Griffin got hurt in the Browns’ season opener. By the time he healed, the team’s season was a lost cause. Griffin gave little indication that he was the answer to the franchise’s long-standing quarterback problem, and the Browns finished 1-15.

The Browns’ search for a reliable quarterback continues. They have the first and 12th overall choices in next month’s NFL draft, plus a pair of second-round selections this year and a first-rounder and three second-rounders next year.

Maybe the Browns will get their quarterback. Maybe they won’t. But it won’t be Griffin, who now begins the search for a third NFL team.

The knee-jerk reaction is that Griffin is done and out of chances. He never has been the same player since hurting his knee in his rookie season and rushing back to be in the lineup for the opener of his second season. He has not made the transition from being an improvisational quarterback in a college-style offense as a rookie to being a dependable pocket passer in an NFL-style offense. He has not demonstrated that he can remain healthy and on the field.

And yes, it is true that there probably is not another starting job — or even another opportunity to vie for a starting job — awaiting Griffin elsewhere.

But, keep in mind, there is a shortage of quality quarterbacks in the NFL. Plenty of teams need a starter. Others need a backup. There are plenty of underwhelming quarterbacks around the league. The New York Jets, who demonstrated an interest in Griffin last offseason, have only youngsters Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg , for now.

Griffin is likely to get another chance somewhere, at some point. But he’d better make the most of it. Now-or-never time is getting pretty close for him.


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