Cleveland Browns: Two former quarterbacks’ rights are now owned by a CFL team

Nov 20, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; A pair of F-16s fly over the stadium before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Steelers won 24-9. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; A pair of F-16s fly over the stadium before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Steelers won 24-9. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Two former Cleveland Browns players are looking for work and interest in them has picked up. However, that interest is coming from north of the border.

The Cleveland Browns have had their share of failed quarterbacks dating back to 1999. Two of the their more recent ones are Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel.

After moving past those two, Cleveland hopes they have solved their quarterback problem with Cody Kessler for this season and rookie DeShone Kizer as the long-term answer.

Both players are looking to make something of their once promising careers, but each of them are still seeking a chance to play somewhere.

That place could be the CFL if either chooses to go that route.

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According to ESPN NFL Writer Kevin Seifert, the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats added Griffin, Manziel, and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to their negotiation list.

Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young recently signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders to resurrect his career. Will Young get another gig in the NFL eventually? Maybe, but by joining the CFL to work on his game does not hurt his chances.

It is not the ideal scenario, but if either former Browns quarterback wants an opportunity to show they can be an asset to a NFL team, the CFL is likely their best bet.

With all three quarterbacks not guaranteed to joined the CFL, why would Hamilton add them to their list? All three players have experience playing for or against Cleveland and having NFL experience in general helps, but that is not what the main reason was.

Perhaps not the main cause, but Hamilton CEO Scott Mitchell via Seifert gave insight as to why those three are on the list:

"We see it as a way to spur fan dialogue both in Canada and in the United States. To us, it is just a matter of being transparent."

Given how the free agency and the 2017 NFL Draft played out, it is a bit surprising to see at least Griffin still available. A team like the New Orleans Saints could use him as a backup learning their offense as he could potentially be a solid stop-gap option once starter Drew Brees retires.

The Browns’ future at quarterback is unknown, but it is promising. The franchise is on its way back to being relevant in the NFL’s eyes. Meanwhile, once Cleveland cut ties with Griffin and Manziel, the chances of them being considered NFL stating caliber went out the window fast!

Yet, as I alluded to with Griffin and the Saints, potential is still there to become a backup. Then again, both Griffin and Manziel have a lot of work to still do.

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They may not be with the Browns anymore, but we may see one or both of them again on the field soon as they attempt to get back into the NFL. Soon enough we will see if this chance to play ends up being the most beneficial for their respective careers.