Report: Cowboys like Josh McCown, Browns “reluctant” to trade

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Among the attributes that led Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones to say Nick Foles could be a good fit as backup quarterback was that Foles was a free agent who could join the team without needing to work out a trade.

Foles is no longer a free agent and it seems unlikely that the Chiefs signed him on Wednesday night just to trade him away, so the Cowboys will have to move on to other options after losing Kellen Moore to a broken ankle. Michael Vick is a free agent and he’s ready to go to Dallas, but Jones said the team would also explore trades to fill the hole behind Tony Romo.

There are multiple reports that Browns quarterback Josh McCown is at the front of the list on that front. The Browns haven’t officially named a starter yet, but all signs have pointed to Robert Griffin III getting the job with McCown serving as the backup.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the Browns are “reluctant” to trade him, although clearing that hurdle may just be a matter of finding the right price since they seemed to start moving toward Griffin as their choice for starter shortly after Griffin signed with the team. Coach Hue Jackson praised the way McCown has helped Griffin this week, but said, via Cleveland.com, that the mentoring role has “nothing to do with him remaining on the team.”

62 responses to “Report: Cowboys like Josh McCown, Browns “reluctant” to trade

  1. Good move by browns. Even though Griffin is starter, they are gonna need someone who is competent to step in when Griffin gets hurt.

  2. Browns, McCowan is 37 and maybe good for one more year. You still have RGIII, Davis and Kessler. Trade him for someone who can help now and down the road, or keep stock piling draft picks.

  3. Why would the Browns trade McCown. Even if they name RG3 their starter there’s a good chance they have to turn to McCown at somepoint due to RG3’s performance or injury.

    If RG3 is going to be your starter you need to have a quality backup like McCown.

  4. Cowboys fail to address QB again. They are doomed and will enjoy a high draft pick this year after Romo gets hurt.

    They must think he’s Brett Favre; indestructible and awesome. No need for a #2.

  5. I’d be reluctant too if RG3 is given the starting role. Even though he showed some flash early in his career, a career resurrection in Cleveland is far from a sure.

  6. The Cowboys have to be one of the dumbest teams in sports. How do they go into a season with no viable backup for Bones Romo who has broken his collarbone multiples time along with several back operations? Now they will be forced to give up multiple picks for a stiff like Josh McCown. What a bunch of assclowns!!

  7. that the mentoring role has “nothing to do with him remaining on the team.”

    That’s because they know RG3 will get injured quickly and they’ll need McCown to start.

  8. Though easily construed as a rip on RG3 I don’t mean it that way when I say McCown is the best QB on the roster and is getting passed over mainly because of age. The Browns are more interested (as they probably should be) on finding whatever diamonds in the rough during an almost certain futile season than on winning with a guy who’s got maybe 2 seasons left. Still, he’s such a good dude and unifying element I’d be very sorry to see him go.

  9. They shouldn’t even think about trading him. Robert might stink, he might have lost a step from injuries, he might not fit the offense, he might get hurt, his team-mates might hate him. Keeping a good QB as back-up makes great sense

  10. Didn’t Jerry try to get the Cowboys back to the glory hole with the Browns sloppy seconds before? And didn’t it end badly?

  11. dallas would be dumber than I thought if they trade anything for mccown….he’s not going to make a real impact if romo goes down anyway….worse case scenario we just take our lumps like we did last year

    sign a free agent qb and move on

  12. Go for Mike Glennon, instead. He looked better filling in for McCown before Jameis arrived, he’s young and currently on the last year of a cheap deal and the Bucs are a young team that could still use a few more pieces, so I would think they’d be motivated to make something happen.

  13. How awesome would it be if they traded McCown and RGIII had Kessler breathing down his neck like Cousins did in D.C.? He wouldn’t have an ego fit at all. Kessler can’t even run. 4.3 40! #knowyourwhy

  14. They should’ve signed Foles, the only compensation would’ve been his salary…another inept move by the GM

  15. Don’t know why they would want Josh when Maziel is available. Just give Johnny Boy a line with a shot of Jack and he’ll be on his way!

  16. The cowboys had the chance to get Foles for cash only and screwed it up.

    They deserve to get gouged for McCown. The Browns don’t really care about him except as a bargaining chip. They are planning on tanking one more year before getting serious about winning.

  17. Given Griffin’s injury history, the Browns would be wise to keep McCown. He may not be an All-Pro, he may be just a game manager, but he’s had the respect of his teammates everywhere he went.

  18. That trade won’t happen. Face it, the Browns need McCown as insurance. RG3 is anything but a lock at being a competitive QB. From a McCown perspective, why go from a team where you could be named the starter in the preseason to a team where you would only start if “the guy” has an injury? He has a better chance of starting in Cleveland.

  19. As a Redskins fan, I am delighted to see the Cowboys struggle to find a backup QB. You think they would have learned something last year but Jerrah seems to believe Romo is invincible – despite evidence to the contrary.

  20. Why shouldn’t Jerrah trade his 2nd round pick for McCown? It’s not like he knows what to do with that pick anyway. They’re either busts, injured, or suspended. At least with McCown you know you’re getting a decent QB.

  21. Cowboys blew it by being dismissive of Foles a few days earlier. Foles is a Texas kid and probably would have been inclined to take the spot if the Cowboys had not shown their true thoughts about him earlier.

    Cowboys may have been right earlier but they cost themselves the chance to find out for themselves.

  22. Browns learned the hard way how valuable McCown is to them when the guy looked like superman compared to the first round bust Manziel. If RG3 fails McCown could possibly be their starter for the second half of the season and maybe get another jersey in the Hall of Fame and Gary Barnidge another pro bowl year.

    Jones needs to stop being stubborn and stop trying to build a fantasy team and pick up the best available backup which is probably Vick. Otherwise Dallas is going to be the first team to dust off Tebow or Manziel because of the owners stubbornness.

  23. I hope they fleece the Cowboys….make them give up a 4th rounder for a 37 yr old back up QB….the Browns don’t need him, they will suck this yr with RG3 playing or if he gets hurt…..I like the way Hue is running this team, putting down a foundation first, look for them to be competitive in 2-3 yrs…..

  24. Realistic Browns fan here that is usually pretty pessimistic about this team for good reason. While they have a lot of young players, a new head coach and most likely a new qb, I would not sleep on this bunch. They could be a heckuva lot better than people think. Will they win a lot of games? Most likely not. But if RG3 can actually figure it out… this team is not as bare as people make out. They have playmakers. It should be interesting.

    Corey Coleman will be a BEAST! Put him on your fantasy radars folks.

  25. 12brichandfamous says:
    Aug 4, 2016 8:23 AM
    Cowboys fail to address QB again
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    No they didn’t. They drafted one and another suddenly getting injured has nothing to do with “addressing”.

  26. The Cleveland Dog Piles better not trade Josh – even with him they have 90% of a pro QB on the team with all of the ones they have added together. Take him out of the roster and the combined ability drops to 10%.

  27. Reactivate Jason Garrett. No loss to the coaching staff since all hevdoes is clap, clap, clap…might as well use those hands a little more.

  28. officialgame says:
    Aug 4, 2016 8:36 AM

    The Cowboys have to be one of the dumbest teams in sports. How do they go into a season with no viable backup for Bones Romo who has broken his collarbone multiples time along with several back operations? Now they will be forced to give up multiple picks for a stiff like Josh McCown. What a bunch of assclowns!!

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    They did. They had Kellen Moore. He broke his ankle like 3 days ago. Hence why they need another backup.

  29. I like McCown a lot, he took a lot of unnecessary heat from Browns fans, for the TEAM’S performance last year. But if they squad Kessler, thathe is the only way it makes sense to keep McCown…if, of course their are offers for him and no interest in Austin Davis from other teams. They aren’t going to keep 4 qbs on the active roster.

  30. I never finished my thought…I’d see what I could get for McCown. He’s better than anyone will give him credit for. Playing an entire career on bad teams tends to warp novice views on player value.

  31. I’d steer clear of Michael Vick. He might kill someone’s dog. I’d also prefer that the Cowboys acquire Josh McCown but I’d like to see the Browns rip them off on a trade.

  32. I can’t wait to watch the Cowboys flounder for another season with a poor backup QB. I like Romo, I really do but I think he’s had way too many injuries and I feel for the guy. He’s just not going to make it through a whole season and if he doesn’t the team is terrible.

    The Browns better hold on to any QB they have on the roster. Who the H knows whats going on there.

  33. The thing that people seem to be missing is that McCown is not only a good back-up for IR3 but he is an excellent mentor/coach for all the QB’s

    Having McCown is like having an extra coach on the sideline……

  34. Who is this Jerrah everyone seems to keep referencing? Oh, Jerry, I get it. The name is Jerry, maybe a “y” doesn’t exist on some computer keyboards, so “ah” is put in instead. Glad that was figured out and not my first inclination of 3rd graders trying to learn to type/spell.

  35. I like McCown a lot, he took a lot of unnecessary heat from Browns fans, for the TEAM’S performance last year. But if they squad Kessler, thathe is the only way it makes sense to keep McCown…if, of course their are offers for him and no interest in Austin Davis from other teams. They aren’t going to keep 4 qbs on the active roster.

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    Whaaaa?? No true Browns fan ever pointed a finger at McCown. McCown and Barnidge were the only good to come out of that miserable season. Every Browns fan knows Farmer and Pettine were the top cancers of the org. Nothing but respect for McCown. I hope he stays with the Browns because if you really want to see McCown catch heat, wait until the Cowboys fans get a hold of him.

  36. I post with all seriousness. I think the the Cowboys should pursue Matt Moore. That’s right replace Kellen Moore with Matt Moore. I know it’s early, but the ‘Phins seem happy with B. Doughty’s prospects as a back-up to RT17.

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