7:11 PM EST, Tue March 03, 2015
News-Herald

Cleveland Browns: Josh McCown ready for 'tall order'

Josh McCown knows how quickly the revolving door for quarterbacks spins in Berea.McCown will be the 23rd quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999 unless Johnny Manziel beats him out in training camp, in which case he will be a highly paid backup.On Feb. 27, McCown signed a three-year, $14 million deal that will pay him $5.

Akron Beacon Journal

Quarterback Josh McCown has optimistic outlook on future with Browns but knows winning in Cleveland is ‘obviously a tall order’

Josh McCown realizes 22 quarterbacks have started for the Browns since 1999 with little success partly because his younger brother, Luke, a fourth-round draft pick in 2004, is one of them.The older McCown will likely join the long list after striking a three-year, $14 million contract, which includes $6.25 million guaranteed, with the Browns last week.Luke went 0-4 with the Browns, and Josh isn’t taking the challenge he faces lightly.“It’s obviously a tall order,” Josh McCown said Monday, speaking from San Diego on a conference call. “My reaction, though, is that that’s the past,...

Browns Beat | Plain Dealer

Cleveland Browns agree to terms with Josh McCown on 3-year deal

Josh McCown was signed primarily to serve as a mentor to Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw and any other young quarterback the Browns might bring in.

News-Herald

Jeff Schudel: Demand for Josh McCown an indicator of NFL quarterback market in 2015

The bidding war by the Browns, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Chicago Bears for Josh McCown illustrates how bare the cupboard is for NFL quarterbacks in 2015, including those coming out of college.McCown is fresh off a 1-10 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who released him with one year left on a two-year contract he signed last year.

News-Herald

Cleveland Browns sign quarterback Josh McCown

The Browns got the jump on the start of free agency next month and the draft April 30 on Feb. 27 by signing journeyman quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year contract.McCown, 35, was 1-10 as a starter for the Buccaneers last season in his only year with Tampa Bay. He is 17-32 as a starter in a career that began in 2002 with the Arizona Cardinals.

Plain Dealer

For starters, Cleveland Browns' signing of Josh McCown isn't the answer -- Bud Shaw's Sports Spin

Now that the Cleveland Browns have signed a 35-year-old quarterback who won once in 11 starts a year ago, surely they have something else in mind and are not counting on a tandem of Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel, right?

Buffalo News

QB McCown signs with the Browns

Josh McCown has made his choice ... and it isn’t the Buffalo Bills. The free-agent quarterback agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Browns, his agent, Mike McCartney, posted on his... Read More

Akron Beacon Journal

Browns strike three-year deal with veteran quarterback Josh McCown, likely signaling end of Brian Hoyer’s time with hometown team

The Browns believe veteran quarterback Josh McCown is willing to sit on the bench and mentor a younger teammate, but they also have faith he can still perform adequately as an NFL starter.They value the flexibility.The organization announced Friday it agreed to terms of a contract with McCown, 35, who chose the Browns after his agent, Mike McCartney, spent the past two days negotiating with them and the Buffalo Bills.In the wake of the move, re-signing veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer seems to be more unlikely than ever for the Browns.McCown’s deal is for three years, a league source...

Bucs Beat | Tampa Bay Times

Cut loose, QB Josh McCown lands with Browns

Two weeks after he was released by the Bucs, veteran quarterback Josh McCown has found a new home, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with the Browns, his agent announced Friday.

The Browns | Akron Beacon Journal

Browns agree to three-year contract with veteran quarterback Josh McCown

The Browns and veteran quarterback Josh McCown have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, a league source confirmed Friday for the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the Browns had not announced the deal. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed. McCown, 35, chose the Browns after his agent spent the past couple of days negotiating with them and the Buffalo Bills. He visited the Browns on Tuesday and Wednesday and previously met with the Bills, Chicago Bears and New York Jets. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released McCown on Feb. 11 after he threw 11...

Tampa Bay Times

Ex-Bucs QB Josh McCown signs with Browns

TAMPA —- Two weeks after he was released by the Bucs, quarterback Josh McCown found a new home Friday, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with the Browns.

Chicago Tribune

Former Bears QB Josh McCown signs with Browns

Josh McCown is headed for Cleveland. The 35-year-old quarterback agreed to a three-year contract with the Browns on Friday evening, a deal his agent Mike McCartney announced on Twitter.

Akron Beacon Journal

Josh McCown’s 3-year deal with Browns is worth $14 million, including $6.25 million guaranteed, with another $6 million possible through incentives

Striking a deal with veteran Josh McCown won’t preclude the Browns from shopping for other quarterbacks this offseason, but it’s worth noting that they’re paying him like a short-term starter.The three-year contract the Browns and McCown agreed upon Friday is worth $14 million and could escalate to a maximum of $20 million because of incentives associated with playing time and reaching the postseason, a league source confirmed Saturday for the Beacon Journal. The deal also includes $6.25 million guaranteed — $5.25 million in 2015 — the source said.The source spoke on condition of...

The Browns | Akron Beacon Journal

Browns still trying to recruit free-agent QB Josh McCown, but Bills reportedly in pursuit, too

As of late Thursday night, the Browns were among at least a couple of teams talking to the camp of free-agent quarterback Josh McCown about signing a contract, a source familiar with the situation confirmed for the Beacon Journal. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. McCown visited the Browns on Tuesday and Wednesday. He has also met with the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and New York Jets. Contract negotiations between McCown's agent and the Bills took place Thursday, according to several reports that surfaced in the morning. He...

Buffalo News

Bills making a push to sign QB McCown

The visits are done.Now, it’s time for free-agent quarterback Josh McCown to talk contract with NFL teams interested in his services.One of those clubs is the Buffalo Bills, whom McCown... Read More

Akron Beacon Journal

Browns notebook: Free-agent quarterback Josh McCown to weigh options after visit with Cleveland ends without contract

Veteran free-agent quarterback Josh McCown wrapped up his visit with the Browns on Wednesday without signing a contract.It makes sense for McCown to weigh all of his options before agreeing to a new deal because time is on his side.Free agency doesn’t start until 4 p.m. March 10. Teams aren’t permitted to negotiate with agents of players from other clubs who have expiring contracts until March 7.McCown received a head start because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released him on Feb. 11 after he threw 11 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions en route to a 1-10 record as a starter last season. He...

Tampa Tribune

Ex-Bucs QB McCown negotiating with Bills

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Bills are negotiating to sign free agent Josh McCown, last year's starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to address their long-standing needs at quarterback. A person familiar with discussions told The Associated Press on Thursday that contract talks are

CBS Sports

Boomer & Carton: Jets talking to multiple QBs

The Jets will be talking to multiple quarterbacks this offseason including Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Josh McCown. Boomer and Carton discuss the Jets options.

CBS Sports

Is Josh McCown the hottest free agent?

Will Brinson and Jason La Canfora talk about Josh McCown, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota on Day One at the NFL Combine.

CBS Sports

Boomer & Carton: Josh McCown on Jets radar?

Now that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown is a free agent, the New York Jets may have their eyes on him.

Baltimore Sun

Josh McCown to Ravens sounds good at first, but it could be tough sell

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday released veteran quarterback Josh McCown about 11 months after they signed him to a two-year, $10 million deal to be their starter.

Bucs Scene | The Ledger

Breaking: Bucs Release McCown

Unless someone comes up with one helluva offer, it’s safe to assume what the Tampa Bay Bucs are going to do with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft: pick a quarterback. That became apparent when the Bucs released veteran starting quarterback Josh McCown Wednesday. McCown, who signed a two-year deal in 2014, did not perform the way the team wanted on the field. In 11 games, he completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 2,206 yards, 11… Read More »