The Browns and free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III will reboot together.
Cleveland signed the second overall pick in the 2012 draft to a two-year contract Thursday, reportedly worth $15 million. With incentives it could be worth $22 million.
A new Browns regime is attempting to overhaul the roster after a 3-13 season and Griffin is doing the same after experiencing a dramatic rise and fall with the Redskins.
"We are excited to add Robert to our team," Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown said in a news release. "Robert possesses a unique skill set at the quarterback position. He has played at a high level in this league and is intent on doing everything in his power to return to that level on a consistent basis.
"We were able to see and feel his passion and commitment to re-establishing himself as a starting quarterback in this league."
Acquiring Griffin, who will attempt to become the franchise's 25th starting quarterback since 1999 does not preclude the team from selecting a quarterback in next month's draft. The Browns have the second overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson told Griffin he should be prepared to compete against a rookie.
Former Buc Josh McCown is the current starter.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to join the Dawg Pound and help build something here in Cleveland," Griffin, 26, said in a written statement released by the Browns. "Nothing's ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team."
Falcons: Linebacker Philip Wheeler re-signed for one year.
Jets: Erin Henderson re-signed for two years, providing a potential starter at inside linebacker opposite David Harris.
PATRIOTS: Receiver Nate Washington signed. A Texan last season, he was an unrestricted free agent.