Jets, Broncos, Rams among potential Josh McCown suitors

AP

With the Browns signing quarterback Robert Griffin III, is Josh McCown on the way out?

If so, the teams that could be interested include the Jets, Broncos and Rams.

ESPN reported on Wednesday, before the Browns signed Griffin, that the Jets have interest in McCown. Talks with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick have failed to result in a deal that would bring him back to the Jets, and so McCown could be an option there.

The Broncos have also made clear that they’re not done acquiring quarterbacks after losing Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler and trading for Mark Sanchez. McCown would have a decent shot at beating out Sanchez in a quarterback competition.

And the Rams are committed to Case Keenum as their starter at the beginning of Organized Team Activities, but that doesn’t mean McCown couldn’t come in and win a quarterback competition in Los Angeles.

The question for any team interested in McCown may be whether to offer the Browns a draft pick in a trade, or to wait on the assumption that Cleveland will release him. McCown is heading into the second-year of a three-year contract. He’s due a base salary of $4.375 million this season, plus a roster bonus of $750,000. That’s cheap by the standards of an NFL starting quarterback, and so if a team thinks there’s a chance McCown could be its starter, acquiring him wouldn’t be a bad deal.

72 responses to “Jets, Broncos, Rams among potential Josh McCown suitors

  1. browns ineptitude doesnt surprise. mccown is a blue collar, get the job done kind of qb. they sign rg3, whose a better version of manziel, but still in the same category. just corny.

  2. McCown is a hard working, no BS quarterback. I hope the Browns decide to keep him around as a backup for the remainder of his contract. He’s not starter material but is as solid of a backup as they come. Until we see if RG3 will stay healthy, it might be nice to keep McCown hanging around.

  3. The Browns are in a complete rebuild.

    Keep JM. and compete with RG3.

    Draft Ramsey

    Get a rookie QB next year or in round whatever.

    Smart move to not have a David Carr situation.

  4. If a team thinks he could be their starting quarterback they have serious front office/coaching issues that go way beyond needing a starting quarterback.

  5. Meanwhile, in some tattoo parlor in the middle of nowhere, Colin Kaepernick says “I really must suck”.

  6. The fact that there could be a McCown derby for the second year in a row speaks volumes about the NFL QB situation.

  7. McCown has done a great job for himself being a decent backup but taking advantage of a weak QB market to get better money than many second stringers and occasional starting gigs. More power to him.

  8. Jets don’t need McCown, because they’re going to pick up Kaepernick. My sources are me. 🙂

  9. awdlmd says:
    Mar 24, 2016 1:13 PM
    The fact that there could be a McCown derby for the second year in a row speaks volumes about the NFL QB situation.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Third.

    He had a handful of decent games with the Bears and the Bucs couldn’t resist over paying him. After going down in flames with Tampa, Cleveland couldn’t wait to bring him in. After being supplanted in Cleveland by Griffin, who will be the next team?

    I’d love to see the Jets and Broncos get into a bidding war.

  10. Fun to watch Elway get in on every qb deal in the country looking for the next Brock O. when he already had him.

  11. “lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Mar 24, 2016 1:24 PM

    Hey Broncos fans! Your QB room just went from Manning/Osweiler/Siemian to Sanchez/McCown/Siemian.

    Wanna get away?”

    And our trophy case just went from 2 Super Bowls to 3 Super Bowls.

  12. The Rams and Kroenke may have made their splash by leveraging their way to LA, but the stadium will be empty if they expect people to show up and pay huge money to see Case Keenum or Josh McCown behind center. If LA is anything, it is a town that loves the big name stars and the flash. Lunch pail just doesn’t cut it. Keenum and McCown? More like a grease stained wrinkled up brown bag lunch with these two never has beens.

  13. Kroenke best not play the LA market cheap with a crappy team.
    I am not sure the league will have much of an appetite for the Rams stinking it up to an empty palace in LA for all of the world to see on TV.
    McCown or Keenum pretty much will seal that deal. They both stink out loud.

  14. If Osweiler is worth a ridiculous $72 million, then McCown is worth at least $80 million, am I right?

    Funny how the “mediocre QB” market has exploded just since a couple of years ago when McCown signed what was (at the time) a pretty big deal for a guy with his credentials…

  15. The Browns can afford to sign RGIII with the idea that if he doesn’t work out, so what. So they have RGIII, McCown and Goff/Wentz. Stay with whatever one wins the QB derby and use the cap money next year for weapons and defense.

  16. Basically what we are talking about…..is a bunch of backup QBs. Unless the Rams strike gold, they will forever be 8-8. The Broncos are destined to be 2nd or 3rd in the AFC West. You can’t expect a defense minus some parts and fresh off a Super Bowl win to carry the whole team, especially in a state where weed is legal. Guys tend to become less hungry after being offered up the ultimate feast.

  17. RegisHawk says:
    Mar 24, 2016 1:12 PM
    Meanwhile, in some tattoo parlor in the middle of nowhere, Colin Kaepernick says “I really must suck”.

    -================================

    Hilarious!!

  18. The Browns will keep McCown and draft a QB who instead of getting valuable first team reps or playing time, will be buried on the bench and they won’t know what they have.
    It’s just the Cleveland way.

  19. Why cut him at $4M?? And have one shaky new QB and a potential rookie?? Who said RG3 is the starter, he has to earn it, and that will happen in camp. So trade for him or he stays on the Browns, likely as the starter.

  20. Ted Murph- Testaverde had some very good years.
    In 98, he lead the Jets to a 12-4 record, went to the AFC Championship, threw 30 td’s and made the Pro Bowl. Almost identical to TB this year.

  21. He would be a really good stopgap for someone or a mentor for a year or 2. What doesn’t make sense to me is that none of these teams have a young guy he can mentor. So, he beats out Sanchez or Geno, what’s the plan next year? Are they planning on drafting a guy? So you are going to end up with a situation like Sanchez, McCown, and the 3rd or 4th best QB in the draft on your roster? Seems like a recipe for a perpetual yearly QB competition of middling vets and low-level prospects.

    He made the most sense in Cleveland, as a stop gap mentor to a #2 pick. He might make sense with the Jets if they think Geno still has a future, maybe. Maybe the Rams can get someone good in the draft.

  22. Elway = Grade A Moron

    Check his grades at Stanford. I’d be willing to bet he never went to class.

    Worst GM work I’v ever seen in the NFL in terms of going from a SB contender the last 3 years, to needing about 5 years to rebuild a disaster.

  23. Jets, Broncos and Rams, one of these things is not like the other. Denver could make a real run of it with a journeyman under center.

  24. redskinsgth says:
    Mar 24, 2016 1:59 PM

    Fitzpatrick to the broncos is scary
    —————

    To a Broncos fan.

  25. McCown is a much better drop back QB.

    McCown is almost even in terms of athleticism. Strong arm. He’s pretty much always been the best athlete on any team he’s been on. Ask other players who’s the best basketball player on the team. McCown. Still fast even at his age.

    McCown is even in terms of injury prone. Though I think RGIII will surpass him in short order.

    McCown is amazingly better respected by his teammates and doesn’t throw them under the bus.

    The Browns at least aren’t wasting too much money, but McCown is the better QB.

    There’s a reason why better teams want McCown over RGIII.

    It’s because he’s a better player.

    The only thing RGIII has on McCown is age… oh and ego.

    McCown has been on some truly horrible teams. The one time he was on something decent he did great. I really want to see him playing with a good team.

    The Browns keep getting rid of better players for crappier ones. Or simply not even replacing them yet. Boy are they going to suck this year.

    What the hell is RGIII thinking? He sucks, and will likely fail anywhere, but if there was ever any hope for him, he should of tried hard to get to the Rams, Jets, or Denver. Where at least there would be an actual team around him. Not just a bunch of hot air from the new leadership and 3rd stringers.

    You thought your line was bad in Washington RGIII? Watch what happens when RGIII’s decision making make even Joe Thomas look bad, let alone the rest of the guys. No more Mack either. Bad news for RGIII. Worse if they somehow trade Thomas.

    Well maybe it’s a fit as the Browns try to capture some of that 2008 Lions magic. This is going to be a trainwreck to watch.

  26. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Mar 24, 2016 1:24 PM
    Hey Broncos fans! Your QB room just went from Manning/Osweiler/Siemian to Sanchez/McCown/Siemian.
    ————————-
    A word to the wise, Denver won the SB with little production from the QB room. Did you miss that?

  27. tylawspick6 says:
    Mar 24, 2016 2:17 PM
    Elway = Grade A Moron

    Check his grades at Stanford. I’d be willing to bet he never went to class.

    Worst GM work I’v ever seen in the NFL in terms of going from a SB contender the last 3 years, to needing about 5 years to rebuild a disaster.
    ——————-
    Why?
    Because they lost two QBS that contributed to a QBR rating that ranked 31st in the league? Or maybe because they let a defensive player go and instead re-signed a player at half the cash of Jackson. What about that Trevathan has gone and the replacement is already in house and capable?

  28. You people hating on Josh are flat out wrong. Go back and watch all the Browns games that he played last year and you’ll see that Josh was by far the toughest player on the team. I hope the Browns keep you around Josh, last year you definitely earned my respect!

  29. Thus is the state of QBs in the NFL. A team either drafts and develops “The Man” or they are relegated to making decisions on a “has been” or a “never was”. The teams with a top QB are lucky they are not in these types of predicaments.

  30. Hopefully the Broncos land him and start the season with a McCown/Sanchez QB rotation. The rest of the AFC West would be thrilled.

  31. If you want a Top 3 pick the following year, sign McCown and start him in at least 12 of your games.

    Guaranteed to suck and to land your team a Top 3 pick.

    Josh: Thanks for bringing Jameis to Tampa!!!!

  32. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Mar 24, 2016 1:24 PM
    Hey Broncos fans! Your QB room just went from Manning/Osweiler/Siemian to Sanchez/McCown/Siemian.

    Wanna get away?

    Um, no. Signed every fan of the World Champion Denver Broncos. BLAM!

  33. If the choice for the Jets, Rams or Broncos is $15M/year for a Ryan Fitzpatrick or $4M/year for Josh McCown, I can understand why teams would much rather have the latter.

    Fitzy’s pricing himself out of orbit.

  34. Y’all know no Josh “Human Helicopter” McCown ain’t gon’ beat out no Geno. Chile, pleeze. Geno, you dun already wasted a year with the Jets — that sucker-punch was partly your fault, man — but you need to get away and start fresh. Tell Bowles and Woody to cut you loose, man. Another year in the shadows behind Fitz-fizzle and no one in the league will ever consider you as a Starter, ever again. Just Do It, bruh.

  35. Please tell me any talks of McCown as an available commodity are purely (media) speculation!!?

    I don’t care if we (CLE) sign RG3 AND draft Wentz/Goff..or use another premium pick on QB later on..cutting McCown loose makes absolutely ZERO sense, as a backup and mentor his $alary is reasonable (on a team w/ mad cap to spare) and somehow managed to keep us in GAME AFTER GAME..despite comically short/lacking weapons to even work with!!

    Return of Gordon gives him a pair of 6’4+ outlets (Gary B!) and the deep threat absent last year…for a team w/ ANY designs on remaining competitive, you keep McCown around as backup/starter..PERIOD. Selling high…were an offer compelling enough…I could understand.

  36. I gotta tell you I was a McCown skeptic last year. But that guy is tough as nails, accurate and a leader. I cant imagine anyone else getting more production out of that offense last year. Fact is, he has always played for crap teams. I wonder what he would do with some actual O talent around him and not running for his life.

  37. Not to be mean, but what would the Broncos do with him? They’ve got Sanchez already which is the same guy as McCown.

  38. McCown is garbage. I have no idea how this clown keeps getting work.
    Pretty sad state of QBs in the NFL right now if teams actually WANT to sign McClown

  39. amazing how a 5 game stretch with the bears makes this bum such a sought after qb. it’s like teams forget he has been in the league 15 years without doing anything except that season as Cutler’s backup. he then sucked in tampa and with the browns but teams still want him? just incredible.

  40. Cmon Denver Elway had a plan, and it is looking like “spin” to me. Hell we are getting close to you or Kubiak lacing the shoes up.

    This is bad and a team with talent that will be wasted on opening night against Houston b/c you really never had a back up plan. The Kap thing is not going to happen and now it’s Glennon. Hell trade for Barkley too and Cassle. You can be USC North. The schedule makers are going to make it possible for you to start 2-4

  41. goingthextramile says:
    Mar 24, 2016 1:32 PM
    Jets don’t need McCown, because they’re going to pick up Kaepernick. My sources are me.
    ——————————————————-

    No one, least of all the Jets, will pay the price those fools in SF expect to get. If anyone was willing, he’d be long gone by now. $12 million for him? Pathetic and the 49ers aren’t fooling anyone but themselves. Kelly is really, really good at fooling himself so he will fit in just perfect.

  42. Well the great Elway (at least in his mind) has done a great job of handicapping his team for this upcoming season. A runaway for Executive of the Year.

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