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Josh McCown | Quarterback | #13

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (36) / 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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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

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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

In an interview with PFT Live, Browns QB Josh McCown said he will help mentor a young quarterback if that is what he is asked to do.

"My expectation is to come into work and be available and be ready to do whatever’s asked of me," McCown said. "If that’s to bring along a draft pick and to start until that guy’s ready, then I’m willing to do that. If that’s to go the full 16, I’m excited about doing that." McCown was surprisingly effective at times last season, but the 36-year-old is not the future for Cleveland. McCown should run out the final two years of his deal as a veteran backup and mentor.
Feb 16 - 9:53 AM

Josh McCown (shoulder) expects to be cleared soon.

McCown has been sidelined since landing on I.R. in December. He's on track for OTAs. McCown could return as a placeholder with Cleveland's quarterback situation up in the air.
Jan 30 - 2:34 PM

Browns placed QB Josh McCown on injured reserve with a broken collarbone, ending his season.

Terrelle Pryor was signed to take his roster spot. Either Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel will make the Week 13 start against Cincinnati. Coach Mike Pettine is expected to announce his decision Tuesday. McCown will be 37 before next season, but has proven to be very capable when on the field. The problem is he's become very injury-prone. Expect him back in Cleveland for 2016.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Josh McCown has been diagnosed with a broken right collarbone, and is done for the season.

The 36-year-old quarterback does not need surgery. It's an unfortunate, if not surprising, ending to what had been a good season. Truly reckless, McCown simply can't stop getting hurt. Coach Mike Pettine has yet to decide if he'll be replaced by Austin Davis or Johnny Manziel. With the team seemingly itching to move on from Manziel, we wouldn't be surprised if Davis got the call in Week 13. Due $4.375 million, McCown will likely be back with the team in 2016, but that's a fairly steep sum for a quarterback who's proven incapable of staying on the field the past few seasons.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 02:51:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports Josh McCown suffered a "possible broken collarbone" Monday night against the Ravens.

Mike Pettine said after the game McCown was dealing with a collarbone injury, but said the team will know more after tests Tuesday. If the collarbone is indeed broken McCown's season will be over. The Browns are now faced with the interesting decision of starting Austin Davis, who put them in a position to win Monday night, or Johnny Manziel, who the team spent the last week throwing under the bus. Manziel is the right choice, but he has been all along.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 08:29:00 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said after Monday night's Week 12 loss to the Ravens that Josh McCown has a collarbone injury.

That's all the details Pettine provided, adding the team will know more Tuesday. If McCown suffered a broken collarbone, his season would be over. Austin Davis came on in relief, going 7-of-10 for 77 yards and a score. It's unclear who would get the Week 13 start against Cincinnati, Davis or Johnny Manziel.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 12:07:00 AM

Josh McCown exited Monday night's Week 12 game against the Ravens with a right (throwing) shoulder injury.

McCown got off to a slow start, completing just two of his first seven passes, but he was on fire heading into halftime completing 16-of-26 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown. He was slicing and dicing this awful Ravens secondary. He threw for just 23 yards in the second half before getting leveled by two Ravens defenders on a deep shot to Travis Benjamin late in the third quarter. He landed directly on his right shoulder. McCown tried to play one more series but took himself out after two throws. He's been beat up as a 36-year-old this season. Austin Davis is now in the game at quarterback, with Johnny Manziel dressed as the No. 3.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 11:09:00 PM

Josh McCown has been reinstated as the Browns' starting quarterback.

With Johnny Manziel proving he hasn't moved beyond his partying ways over the weekend, McCown reclaims his starting job. He'll be backed up by Austin Davis, with Manziel demoted to the third string. McCown has actually had a little fantasy success this season, but it hasn't translated to real-life wins. He'll be an interesting streamer against the Ravens' hollowed-out defense on Monday Night Football.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Browns have benched Josh McCown (ribs) in favor of Johnny Manziel.

It was fun while it lasted for McCown, who put up several big fantasy performances but struggled through multiple injuries in his seven games as the starter. $1 million of McCown's reasonable $4.375 million base salary in 2016 is guaranteed, so it is likely he will return to Cleveland next season as a bridge quarterback or backup depending on how Manziel fares down the stretch this season.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Browns declared QB Josh McCown, TE E.J. Bibbs, G Joel Bitonio, WR Dwayne Bowe, CB Justin Gilbert, CB Joe Haden and SS Donte Whitner inactive for Week 10 against the Steelers.

McCown (ribs) practiced this week but couldn't get the green light. It's his second absence in a row. Johnny Manziel will start in McCown's place. Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring), Brian Hartline (concussion), Andrew Hawkins (concussion) and Jordan Poyer (shoulder) are all active for the Browns.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 11:47:00 AM

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QB1Robert Griffin III
2Josh McCown
3Cody Kessler
4Austin Davis
5Connor Shaw
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Glenn Winston
4Raheem Mostert
5Terrell Watson
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Malcolm Johnson
WR11Corey Coleman
2Taylor Gabriel
3Terrelle Pryor
4Rashard Higgins
5Marlon Moore
WR21Brian Hartline
2Andrew Hawkins
3Ricardo Louis
4Jordan Payton
5Rannell Hall
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Gary Barnidge
2E.J. Bibbs
3Randall Telfer
4Seth DeValve
5Connor Hamlett
LT1Joe Thomas
2Shon Coleman
3Erle Ladson
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Dan France
3Kaleb Johnson
C1Cameron Erving
2Garth Gerhart
RG1John Greco
2Austin Pasztor
3Conor Boffeli
RT1Alvin Bailey
2Spencer Drango
3Michael Bowie
K1Travis Coons