Josh McCown Cut Today: A Browns Option?


The Cleveland Browns have no idea who their quarterback will be next season. Jimmy Haslam admitted as much in his talk with the media today, interesting conversation we covered here in detail. Today Josh McCown was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a year after being the best QB in another thin QB free agent market:

Any quarterback that becomes available will automatically become of interest to the Browns. Whether that QB is available via trade, as McCown’s old TB teammate Mike Glennon may be available and a Browns target, Marcus Mariota has strong ties to the Browns and could be a Draft target and now McCown joins Brian Hoyer and the rest of the pu-pu platter on the free agent market. Having more veteran options on the free agent market is good for the Browns and other teams:

So that brings us to the question: Should the Cleveland Browns look to sign Josh McCown now that he has been cut? First we need to take a quick look back at McCown’s history:

He was decent in 2004 with the Arizona Cardinals and in 2013 with the Chicago Bears.

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2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 he only played a few games per season and wasn’t very good.

2006 he played receiver for the Detroit Lions.

2010 he played in the United Football League.

2014 he signed a big free agent contract, only played in 11 games, threw 14 INTs to 11 TDs and was cut after one season.

So given that history it seems like the answer is “Of course not” the Browns should not sign McCown.

On the other hand the Browns have so limited options that McCown looks interesting, at best, and last call, at worst.

As Pete Smith said on Twitter today:

What do you think about Josh McCown to the Cleveland Browns?

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