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Josh McCown | Quarterback | #13

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
College: Sam Houston State
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (81) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns are likely to keep Josh McCown.
Dallas could use a veteran backup after losing Tony Romo for at least six weeks, but the Browns' asking price for McCown is too high. The Steelers are also expected to pass on McCown. Aug 27 - 5:05 PM

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According to Yahoo's Charles Robinson, the cost to acquire Josh McCown from the Browns is "believed to be no less than a fourth-round pick."

Robinson included this nugget in an article detailing the Cowboys' current backup quarterback situation. McCown's leadership skills and on- and off-field smarts are valued in Cleveland's quarterback room, where the Browns are trying to rehab Robert Griffin III and bring along third-rounder Cody Kessler. They're playing hardball with Dallas, which is in obvious desperate need for an upgrade on raw rookie Dak Prescott behind fragile-collarboned Tony Romo.
Aug 12 - 6:25 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder confirms the Browns and Cowboys have discussed a Josh McCown trade, but that the Browns "prefer to keep him."

Per Werder, the Browns "attached a high price" that the Cowboys currently aren't willing to pay. The Cowboys have a sorry situation behind aging and increasingly-brittle starter Tony Romo, but overpaying for 37-year-old McCown would not be wise. A risk taker with bodies around him, McCown exposes himself to a lot of hits, getting injured often as a result.
Aug 4 - 5:20 PM

Speaking Thursday, Browns QB Josh McCown said he isn't pushing for a trade, but hinted he would be open to it.

McCown said he's spoken with the team about the chatter that Dallas could be interested. "Just leave it like that," McCown said. "We’re on the same page." In other words, if the opportunity comes, McCown would welcome it. If not, he's happy in Cleveland. McCown makes much more sense for the win-or-bust Cowboys than rebuilding Browns. Cleveland is refurbishing Robert Griffin III and developing Cody Kessler.
Aug 4 - 1:21 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are now expected to pursue Josh McCown after Nick Foles chose to sign with the Chiefs late Wednesday.

Along with Foles, McCown was the other name mentioned by ESPN's Ed Werder on Wednesday. The Cowboys will either have to trade a draft pick for McCown, or they'll have to wait and hope he's released later this summer. McCown doesn't seem to have much of a future in the youth movement in Cleveland, though he's "at times" looked like the best quarterback at Browns camp. McCown would be a hot commodity should he hit the open market.
Aug 4 - 8:41 AM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Josh McCown "at times ... looked more ready in spring practices than (Robert) Griffin to start and win a game."

McCown was quietly a top-20 quarterback last season -- he finished 14th in passer rating, in fact -- but the rebuilding Browns have no motivation to start him as a 37-year-old with only a few seasons left. The Plain Dealer confirms "all signs" continue to point to Griffin getting the Week 1 starting nod. If a team loses a quarterback in camp, McCown should be one of the first players they target. McCown would be a big upgrade on what's going on in Denver.
Jul 27 - 9:58 PM

ESPN Cleveland doesn’t project Josh McCown to make the final roster.

McCown was "best quarterback on the field" this spring, but his spot isn't assured with the Browns rebuilding. Cleveland can save $2.71 million from releasing McCown.
Jul 2 - 8:10 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto believes the Browns will only trade Josh McCown if they receive a "tremendous offer."

Pluto added "McCown was the best quarterback on the field" in the practices he watched. That is likely true, but the Browns seem committed to Robert Griffin III as their Week 1 starter. Even so, Griffin has a long injury history and may not be effective even when healthy. Unless they trust third-rounder Cody Kessler or Austin Davis to make starts, keeping McCown around makes sense.
Jul 2 - 12:45 PM

Josh McCown thinks the quarterback competition in Cleveland will help him "get better."

McCown said he would like to know his role, but he believes the competition will be good for everyone. At this point, it appears likely Robert Griffin III wins the starting job, but McCown was quietly effective in his eight starts last season and should push Griffin in camp. If he does not win the job, McCown could be traded or released.
Jun 4 - 1:05 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown said the team may keep Josh McCown even if he does not win the starting job.

The Browns want to keep up the impression there is a competition at quarterback, but Robert Griffin III is the odds-on favorite to start Week 1. Cleveland could keep three quarterbacks on the final roster, but McCown would lose his roster spot to third-round pick Cody Kessler if the Browns decide to carry just two signal callers. Cleveland would probably like to trade McCown before Week 1.
May 14 - 1:47 PM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Broncos will consider trading for Josh McCown if they're unable to land Colin Kaepernick.

The Browns signed Robert Griffin III to a two-year, $15 million deal, and are expected to draft a quarterback. That leaves McCown as the odd man out, though the Browns would obviously prefer to get something in return rather than cut him. Ryan Fitzpatrick is likely headed back to the Jets, and Kaepernick remains unwilling to take a paycut to join the Broncos. McCown battled injuries last year but played well when healthy. He might be Denver's best option to keep winning now.
Apr 8 - 1:11 PM

In an interview with Pro Football Talk, Browns QB Josh McCown said he is planning to "compete" with newly-signed QB Robert Griffin III.

"Right now, it’s come in and compete and show up, so that’s what I’ll do," McCown said. "If that changes, that changes, and I’ll go to that next place and compete there as well." McCown is saying the correct things, but the writing is on the wall. It would be surprising if he sticks on the roster through training camp. McCown is owed $8.75 million over the next two seasons.
Mar 31 - 12:09 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns signing Robert Griffin III "should lead" to the team trading Josh McCown.

This could be just speculation from La Canfora, but it is speculation grounded squarely in reality. With Griffin on the roster, the Browns do not need another "veteran" option on the depth chart. The Jets met with McCown last season before trading for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now in a stalemate with Fitzpatrick, New York seems like a prime landing spot. McCown had his most successful NFL season throwing to Brandon Marshall while the pair was in Chicago.
Mar 24 - 12:55 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports the Jets "have interest" in acquiring Josh McCown.

The Jets have been at a stalemate with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick and have begun discussing other options. In Cleveland, McCown seems likely to be the odd man out with coach Hue Jackson wanting to go with a veteran -- likely Robert Griffin III -- and an early-round rookie. The Jets would prefer McCown be released rather than having to trade for him, but Cimini ranks McCown as the most likely quarterback to land with the Jets should they not re-sign Fitzpatrick.
Mar 23 - 2:36 PM

The Browns have scored 32 passing touchdowns in the last two seasons.

Only the Vikings and Rams have fewer passing scores over that span, and both teams have thrown the ball considerably fewer times than Cleveland. Josh McCown surprised by throwing 12 touchdowns in just eight starts last season, but it is clear the Browns need serious upgrades in the passing game. The hiring of Hue Jackson and the return of suspended WR Josh Gordon could help, but Cleveland has to find an answer at quarterback.
Feb 23 - 11:38 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Robert Griffin III
2Josh McCown
3Cody Kessler
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Terrell Watson
4Raheem Mostert
5Rajion Neal
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Malcolm Johnson
WR11Corey Coleman
2Andrew Hawkins
3Taylor Gabriel
4Ricardo Louis
5Marlon Moore
WR21Terrelle Pryor
2Rashard Higgins
3Jordan Payton
4Darius Jennings
5Josh Gordon
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Connor Hamlett
3Randall Telfer
4Seth DeValve
5J.P. Holtz
LT1Joe Thomas
2Shon Coleman
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Dan France
C1Cameron Erving
2Garth Gerhart
3Mike Matthews
RG1John Greco
2Kaleb Johnson
RT1Austin Pasztor
2Alvin Bailey
3Spencer Drango
K1Patrick Murray