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Josh McCown | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 213
College: Sam Houston State
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Speaking Monday, coach Mike Pettine said it's "fair to say" Josh McCown will open training camp as the Browns' starting quarterback.
This comes as no surprise. McCown received $6.25 million guaranteed in the offseason, and Johnny Manziel just got out of rehab last month. After the Browns failed to draft a quarterback over the weekend, it further cemented McCown's place atop the depth chart. However, if McCown looks like the Buccaneer version of himself rather than the Bear, Manziel will make 2015 starts. May 4 - 9:03 PM

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ESPN Cleveland expects Josh McCown to be the Browns' Week 1 starter.

As do we, though the Browns' quarterback situation has clarified following the draft. With no signal callers taken, the Browns have set up a direct McCown-Johnny Manziel showdown. The Browns made no secret of their desperation to move on from Johnny Football this offseason, but it's well within the realm of possibility he makes starts in 2015. McCown is not a viable starting quarterback.
May 4 - 2:41 PM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports the team plans to add "at least" one more quarterback despite Friday's signing of Josh McCown.

It will be a mid- to late-round pick or lower-tier free agent. The Browns can't burn another day-one pick on a signal caller after last year's Johnny Manziel fiasco, while they don't have the money to commit to another one of this year's "top" free agents. McCown's three-year deal includes $6.25 million guaranteed, a princely sum for a 35-year-old journeyman who was horrendous in 2014.
Mar 2 - 4:36 PM

Josh McCown's three-year deal with the Browns contains $6.25 million guaranteed.

McCown can earn up to $20 million based on incentives. His entire first-year salary ($5.25M) along with an additional $1 million is guaranteed. It makes McCown the favorite to start Week 1. The Browns can move on from McCown without any major salary-cap issues after 2015.
Feb 28 - 4:17 PM

Browns signed QB Josh McCown to a three-year, $14 million contract.

The Buccaneers gave McCown a two-year, $10 million contract last offseason, surrounding him with Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He posted an 11:14 TD-to-INT ratio with a 1-10 record, and got cut. The Browns are giving McCown nearly the same annual average on a lengthier deal while surrounding him with Andrew Hawkins, Travis Benjamin, and Taylor Gabriel. It's a desperate move to say the least. The McCown signing highlights the Browns' lack of confidence in 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel, and confirms free agent Brian Hoyer will move on. Now entering his age-36 season, McCown has a strong connection with new Cleveland OC John DeFilippo from their Oakland days together and will be the heavy favorite to start Week 1.
Feb 27 - 6:29 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms the Browns are "still in the running" for free agent Josh McCown.

McCown left his visit with the Browns without a contract, but is reportedly in talks with Cleveland and Buffalo. He's also drawn interest from the Bears and Jets, and it's possible a third team could emerge. Signing McCown would allow Cleveland to move on from Brian Hoyer.
Feb 27 - 6:07 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports "at least" two teams are trying to sign free agent Josh McCown.

We know the Browns and Bills form the "at least," with Buffalo seemingly the most aggressive. McCown has also met with the Bears and Jets. It's possible there's a mystery team in the fold. The Associated Press reported earlier Thursday that the Bills were engaged in ongoing talks with McCown's rep. He should have a new home shortly.
Feb 26 - 10:05 PM

A source tells the Associated Press the Bills are in contract talks with free agent Josh McCown.

McCown met with the Bills last week and has since visited the Browns, Bears and Jets. It sounds like he's close to choosing Buffalo. Kyle Orton finished 2014 as Buffalo's starter but retired after the season, leaving only E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel on the roster at quarterback. Assuming the contract gets completed, McCown will compete with Manuel for the starting job in one of the least inspiring quarterback duels around the league.
Feb 26 - 12:04 PM

Free agent Josh McCown left his visit with the Browns without signing a contract.

McCown has also met with the Bears, Bills and Jets. The veteran is likely to choose a new team by the end of the week. McCown was awful for the Bucs last season, but with so few starting-caliber quarterbacks available in the draft, and even fewer on the open market, teams have been lining up for his services.
Feb 26 - 9:30 AM

Free agent Josh McCown is visiting the Browns on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Not including McCown's Combine meet ups with the Bears and Jets, it's his second visit after spending time in Buffalo last week. McCown is drawing looks from every team with a quarterback issue, though even in Cleveland he wouldn't be guaranteed the starting job. Signing McCown would mean the Browns are moving on from Brian Hoyer.
Feb 24 - 5:19 PM

Free agent QB Josh McCown visited with the Jets at the NFL Combine.

McCown is the hottest free-agent quarterback on the market right now simply because he's the only one teams can legally talk to without tampering. He's eligible to sign at any time. The Jets join the Bills, Bears, and Browns as teams that have been linked to the soon-to-be 36-year-old.
Feb 18 - 3:13 PM

Free agent QB Josh McCown had breakfast with the Bears on Wednesday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns have also "expressed interest" in the soon-to-be 36-year-old, while NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds that they're just two of eight teams poking around McCown. The quarterback class this offseason is so weak that McCown, who posted an ugly 11:14 TD:INT ratio across 11 games last season, is the darling of the ball. He'll have no trouble finding a job and will likely make a decision within the next couple weeks.
Feb 18 - 9:04 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, free agent Josh McCown will visit a few more teams before making a decision.

McCown was a disaster in 2014, but with such limited quarterback talent in this year's free agent class, he shouldn't have any trouble landing a new team. The veteran visited Buffalo Monday morning, leaving without a contract. Schefter did not say which teams McCown will be meeting with next but the Browns, Jets, Redskins, Texans and Titans are all in need of a quarterback. Profootballtalk reports he'll meet with a team at the Combine.
Feb 16 - 1:53 PM

Free agent QB Josh McCown left his Monday visit to the Bills without a contract.

A source tells the Buffalo News that this was strictly a visit and salary numbers were not even discussed. McCown, working from a position of power thanks to his Feb. 11 release from the Bucs, will now make one or two more visits and build contract leverage. Yes, there is a market for a 35-year-old journeyman quarterback who went 1-10 with an 11:14 TD-to-INT ratio last season. Ultimately, it wouldn't be a surprise if McCown did end up signing with the Bills because he knows he can beat out E.J. Manuel for the starting gig.
Feb 16 - 12:24 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, free agent QB Josh McCown will make at least one more visit following Monday's meeting with the Bills.

This sounds like an agent-driven report intended to give McCown some leverage against the Bills. He's currently in Buffalo for a visit and there appears to be mutual interest in a deal. McCown likely has other suitors (possibly Marc Trestman and Baltimore), but a chance to realistically start this season has to be appealing. McCown also knows Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer from their time together in Chicago.
Feb 16 - 9:42 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Johnny Manziel
3Connor Shaw
4Thad Lewis
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3Duke Johnson
4Shaun Draughn
5Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Terrance West
2Duke Johnson
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Taylor Gabriel
3Vince Mayle
4Marlon Moore
5Kevin Cone
WR21Brian Hartline
2Andrew Hawkins
3Travis Benjamin
4Rodney Smith
5Paul Browning
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Rob Housler
2Gary Barnidge
3Jim Dray
4Malcolm Johnson
5Randall Telfer
K1Travis Coons
2Carey Spear