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Josh McCown | Quarterback

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
College: Sam Houston State
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Speaking Monday, Browns coach Mike Pettine declined to guarantee that Josh McCown will be the team's starter.
"I'm not guaranteeing Josh will start against the Jets (in Week 1)," Pettine said. The comments came in the same breath that Pettine called Johnny Manziel the Browns' "clearcut" backup, but hint at a competition nonetheless. We don't doubt the Browns badly want McCown to be their starter, but they've seen the same 2014 tape everyone else has. It's quite possible McCown is done, and simply won't beat out Manziel. Jul 27 - 3:02 PM

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Browns OC John DeFilippo said he was "very impressed" with Josh McCown's performance at minicamp and OTAs.

"I haven’t seen anything from an arm strength standpoint, from an athletic standpoint to tell me that his game has declined at all," said DeFilippo. "He is much better in situational football, a much smarter quarterback than he was in 2007." DeFilippo was McCown's position coach with Oakland in 2007, so the two have a history. Though he may not have trouble holding off Johnny Manziel for the starting job, McCown is coming off a brutal year in Tampa and turns 36 next month. He's someone the Browns should be planning to "hide," not feature.
Jun 21 - 11:24 AM

The Akron Beacon Journal considers Josh McCown "a virtual lock" to open the season as the Browns' starting quarterback after coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer "gushed" about the 36-year-old on Saturday.

Per beat writer Nate Ulrich, "there hasn’t been even a hint of a competition" between McCown and Johnny Manziel at spring practices. "Despite his age, people that have been at practice agree, he can still spin it," Pettine insisted of McCown. "We didn’t just look to bring in a guy who was just going to be a mentor. We wanted a guy who we think can still play a little bit if you put him in the right circumstances. He’s been more than advertised." The Browns will be in the hunt to field the NFL's lowest-scoring offense this season.
Jun 7 - 1:31 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects Josh McCown to be "unchallenged" as the Browns' starting quarterback.

With the Browns "aiming to control the ball on the ground" and not turn it over, Grossi believes the soon-to-be 36-year-old veteran is out well ahead of Johnny Manziel in what is unlikely to even be a competition. By all accounts, Manziel has been horrid the opening week of OTAs, not knowing where to go with the football and leaving the pocket too much, leading Grossi to think the Browns are "moving on" from Johnny Football. We're still three-plus months away from real games, but McCown seems to be comfortably out in front of Manziel.
May 29 - 9:02 AM

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

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Johnny Manziel
3Connor Shaw
4Thad Lewis
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Terrance West
4Shaun Draughn
5Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Terrance West
FB1Malcolm Johnson
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Taylor Gabriel
3Vince Mayle
4Terrelle Pryor
5Marlon Moore
WR21Brian Hartline
2Andrew Hawkins
3Travis Benjamin
4Josh Lenz
5Shane Wynn
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Rob Housler
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4Randall Telfer
5E.J. Bibbs
K1Travis Coons
2Carey Spear