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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

"Several league sources" tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer that free agent CB Buster Skrine will be "highly sought after."

Skrine has maintained an open dialogue with the Browns, but is expected to reach free agency. Capable of manning both the slot and perimeter, Skrine is one of the highlights of an unappetizing corner market. Ideally, Skrine would remain in the slot, but he's still only 26 (in April). His game is projectable.
Feb 26 - 8:09 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

The Browns may look to create salary cap room by releasing LE Phil Taylor or asking him to take a pay cut.

Taylor missed 11 games in 2014 and clearly isn't worth the $5.5 million he's scheduled to earn next season. Given his low ceiling, the Browns are more likely to part ways with Taylor than restructure his deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 22 - 12:27 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer doesn't expect the Browns to re-sign free agent NT Ahtyba Rubin.

Rubin was a major part of Cleveland's league-worst run defense last season. He also struggled to stay healthy, missing three games to ankle injuries. Rubin is unlikely to find guaranteed money beyond 2015 on the open market.
Feb 21 - 8:31 PM

Free agent QB Brian Hoyer wants to meet with Browns GM Ray Farmer before continuing contract negotiations.

Hoyer wants to know the results of the NFL's investigation into Farmer's game-day texting scandal. Hoyer is likely the subject of some of the texts, and he would like that information before making a decision. The Browns would like to trade for Rams QB Sam Bradford, but that is not going to happen. Hoyer may end up being Cleveland's best option.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 11:36 AM

Free agent CB Buster Skrine is believed to be seeking $6.5 million per year.

It would presumably be a tough price for the Browns to pay after they made Joe Haden a $12-plus million-per-year player last offseason. Skrine's asking price may be a bit aggressive, but we don't doubt he'll get paid as a versatile corner who can play man coverage. Skrine doesn't turn 26 until April.
Feb 20 - 12:18 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer said 2014 first-round pick Justin Gilbert was dealing with a "very personal" issue in his rookie season.

Farmer did not get into the specifics, but said he believed it could be resolved. "I think the player is in there," Farmer added. "I really do. I think he’s capable and credible." The No. 8 overall pick in last year's draft, Gilbert played just 373 snaps and was hurdled on the depth chart by UDFA K'Waun Williams.
Feb 19 - 8:50 PM

Browns GM Ray Farmer admitted at the NFL Combine that he attempted to text playcalls in to the sidelines during 2014 games.

"Sometimes, the emotions get the best of you," was Farmer's explanation. The Browns will likely face league-imposed sanctions in the very near future. Farmer's foibles led directly to the departure of OC Kyle Shanahan. When combined with blowing first-round picks on Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel, Farmer's first year as Browns GM was a rough one to be kind.
Feb 19 - 12:42 PM

Coach Mike Pettine says the Browns haven't closed the door yet on free agent Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer's relationship with the Browns has deteriorated since "TextGate," but Pettine is keeping his options open. He has to, as the Browns aren't high enough in the draft to land Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, and there is little quarterback talent in free agency. Sam Bradford and Jay Cutler will also be worth monitoring if either player becomes available in a trade.
Feb 19 - 10:39 AM


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