On Friday, veteran quarterback Josh McCown opted for the Browns over the Bills. On the surface, the move seemed a bit surprising. At a deeper level, it makes more sense.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Browns seemed more eager than the Bills to close a deal reportedly worth $15 million over three years, and McCown viewed the Browns to be the better fit. Also, the Bills created the impression that they have other plans at the position.
For the Browns, the only clear plans at this point are that Brian Hoyer won’t be part of them. Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, coach Mike Pettine and G.M. Ray Farmer called Hoyer on Friday to inform him of the arrival of McCown. While they apparently didn’t say it, it means they won’t be trying to re-sign Hoyer, who is due to become a free agent on March 10.
“If you can give of yourself to others to help somebody else in your journey, I think you’ll find so much more peace in life,” McCown told Alex Marvez and Mark Dominik of SiriusXM NFL Radio on Friday night. “And so that’s my approach when I head into a quarterback room, and is just ‘What can I give back to the guys around me to help us be better?'”
McCown specifically wants to help the 2014 first-round pick who currently is going through a serious personal challenge after entering rehab.
“Johnny is a person, and every person that I come across has value to me, and they matter,” McCown said. “And so I want to help him as much as I can with all parts of it. To grow as a person and as a player and to help him go on and have a fruitful career.”
That attitude suggests McCown will be ready to do whatever the Browns ask him to do, with no agenda or rivalry or jealousy. He truly wants to help the Browns win, whether that means McCown, Manziel, or Shaw taking the snaps.