Failed Free Agents
This is for all the times the Browns signed someone to be the starter but failed out after just one year.
19. Tyrod Taylor (3)
The Tyrod Taylor signing in hindsight wasn’t great. He started three games, won just once, lost another, and tied for the third. He threw an abysmal 49.4 completion percentage, with only two touchdowns, and somehow still two interceptions. The idea that he ever started over Baker Mayfield is part and parcel of why Hue Jackson was fired. That and going 1-31 over two seasons.
18. Trent Dilfer (11)
Trent Dilfer wasn’t supposed to be the savior of the franchise, but he did win the starting job in 2005. There was a time when the Browns wanted Dilfer to mentor Charlie Frye because of how much potential they saw in the young player. Dilfer, the veteran, went 4-7 in his 11 starts for the Browns. Threw just under 60% and had 11 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. This is the prototypical Browns season. Could’ve been better but have seen far worse.
17. Robert Griffin III (5)
After not being signed for the 2015 season, Robert Griffin was signed by the Cleveland Browns and Hue Jackson to be the starter for the team. Griffin wouldn’t make it more than a few weeks before injuries sidelined his season. He ended up getting five starts, going 1-4, and failing to do anything of note. Completing 59% of his throws, for 886 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. At least he’s still in the league.
16. Jake Delhomme (4)
In his first year away from Carolina, Jake Delhomme had some respectable stats. He went 2-2 as a starter, threw for 872 yards, and completed 62% of his passes but also had seven interceptions. He did have a win percentage of .500 though. That’s something.
15. Jeff Garcia (10)
The sad thing is, besides Griffin, just about everyone on this list before now was done and out of the league almost right after they stopped in Cleveland. Not Jeff Garcia though, who would go on to have great years in Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. He even made it back to the Pro Bowl in 2007. Garcia in Cleveland though went 3-7 with a completion rate of 57%, while throwing for 1,731 yards, 10 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.