Josh McCown: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Browns QB's Future

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent III

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 6: Quarterback Josh McCown #13 of the Cleveland Browns watches from the sidelines during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 37-3. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns veteran quarterback Josh McCown's name has surfaced as a potential candidate for teams looking to trade for a quarterback this season.

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McCown Linked to Broncos

Friday, April 8

Citing league sources, Mary Kay Cabot of reported, "The [Denver] Broncos won't be signing Johnny Manziel, but they will consider [McCown] if they don't trade for Colin Kaepernick."

McCown Comments on Future After RG3 Signing

Thursday, March 31

McCown talked to PFT Live on Thursday about his mindset following the Browns' signing of Robert Griffin III, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:

Right now, it's come in and compete and show up, so that's what I'll do. If that changes, that changes, and I'll go to that next place and compete there as well. . . . I'll go with that mindset, and if they see differently and I am traded or moved along, I'll appreciate my time there and then go embrace the next opportunity.

Jets Prefer to Pursue McCown If He's Released

Wednesday, March 23's Rich Cimini reported the buzz on McCown, noting the current Browns signal-caller met with the Jets last offseason.

McCown fared well in Cleveland last season when he was healthy, throwing for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns and only four interceptions in eight games. Broken ribs and a broken collarbone cut his year short, but the 36-year-old acquitted himself well with a subpar cast of wide receivers.

The Jets got above-average play from Ryan Fitzpatrick under center in 2015—good enough to get New York to 10 wins in its first year under coach Todd Bowles.

But Fitzpatrick is apparently demanding too much money on the open market for the Jets to invest in him at this point. They could do far worse in terms of a stopgap starter than McCown, who has plenty of experience, a high football IQ and played well during the 2015 campaign.

Since Cimini specified New York would be interested in McCown if he's released, that's the caveat to this hypothetical situation.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson was vague when recently discussing the team's QB situation and how it pertains to McCown, saying, per Cabot, "We're just going to unturn every rock that we can, as I said, at every position and see how it fits for us, and then we'll make those decisions as we go."

Signing Griffin doesn't necessarily preclude Cleveland from using the second overall pick on a QB, either. Should the Browns' new regime opt to bring in two new signal-callers, though, McCown is highly unlikely to stick around.

Considering New York's success last year and the presence of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in the receiving corps, the Jets would be as attractive of a destination as any if McCown becomes a free agent.

If the Jets cannot bring back Fitzpatrick and don't land McCown, there is another option in Colin Kaepernick. However, the current depth chart sans a new veteran looks bleak, with Geno Smith leading the way.