Report: Browns would only trade Josh McCown for a high draft pick

AP

Quarterback-needy teams interested in Cleveland’s Josh McCown should probably look elsewhere.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cowboys were interested in McCown until they found out how high the Browns’ asking price was, and the Vikings shouldn’t even bother to ask unless they’re willing to part with a high pick.

It seems extremely unlikely that anyone will offer a high pick for the 37-year-old McCown, who is under contract for two more years at $4.375 million this year and $3.625 million next year. McCown is a solid veteran backup, but teams typically want more than “solid backup” if they’re going to trade away a high draft pick.

So the Browns are likely to hold on to McCown as the backup to Robert Griffin III.

109 responses to “Report: Browns would only trade Josh McCown for a high draft pick

  1. This is why they’re the Browns. They have an in-demand, win-now commodity, and they are NOT going to win now, so it makes sense to cash out on him and get future value. It could just be posturing in an attempt to drive up the price, but if they’re being serious they’re reading from the wrong Philadelphia Phillies team-building manual.

  2. Browns are like that guy in your fantasy league with an extra QB that somehow via warped logic convinces himself his extra QB is worth more than a ham sandwich.

  3. The Vikings have an extra ’17 3rd round pick from the swap with the Dolphins during the 2016 draft. They should offer a 4th now, and if he starts a certain amount of games it can become a 3rd — if they make the playoffs, it’ll become a 2nd.

    Get it done, Vikings.

  4. Good. Why trade away a solid backup for peanuts when the Browns will likely get plenty of use out of him this year?

    People will hate on the Browns for making poor decisions, then hate them more for making good decisions. Makes no sense.

  5. Hue Jackson is a smart man. He knows his job this year is dependent upon offensive performance, not wins and losses. He’s got 2 years max to show that he can turn that side of the ball around, might as well have a solid option when RG3 gets hurt in week 2.

  6. He is contract friendly and he’s a solid backup/starter.
    No way is Cleveland just giving him away. We won’t get punked anymore.
    I honestly can’t believe after all these years people are trying to grab our BACKUP QB.
    Is this possible?

  7. You people have no business accumen. How can you say why not just say you won’t trade him? There’s value in QBs in this league! Always a sucker willing to bite on a deal in desperate times. Please don’t ever be my agent with that complacent attitude.

  8. A solid backup QB is worth a high draft pick. The question here is whether McCown is solid. Why would the Browns, Bucs or anyone let go of a guy who can run their offense in an emergency? If you are a Vikings or Cowboys fan you should be wondering why your team wasn’t better prepared.

  9. In other words, they won’t trade him.

    The Vikings have two third rounders next year. If they could pick him up for one of those, it’s worth considering, but nothing higher than a third round pick.

  10. Why the hate of the Browns? Is there a chance RG3 will get hurt? Yes. So….the Browns may NEED McCown. Also, last I checked, Cleveland has a stockpile of picks in the draft next year. So, if they’re going to risk losing a needed backup, might as well get something worth the risk. Smart!

  11. PurpleRaid18 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:15 PM
    The Vikings have an extra ’17 3rd round pick from the swap with the Dolphins during the 2016 draft. They should offer a 4th now, and if he starts a certain amount of games it can become a 3rd — if they make the playoffs, it’ll become a 2nd.

    Get it done, Vikings
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    I wouldn’t give up more then a 5th for am aged qb especially one who really hasn’t done much over the past few years. You have no clue what you are talking about and wouldn’t make it one day as an NFL GM. To say a 3rd or even a potential 2nd rounder is so beyond ridiculous it’s not even funny. As it stands I don’t want them to even consider mccown being he isn’t even an upgrade over Shaun hill. I hope your job doesn’t require you to make big decisions that ensure you companies success……

  12. It’s a sellers market. Meet their terms, or don’t. McCown is a super solid backup and he’s affordable. I’d do the same if I were the Browns. They’ve already got a million picks in 2017s draft.

  13. I have a old F150 pickup that is worth $750. But if you want to buy it from me, it’ll cost you $10,000. Why, because I want to keep it but everything has its price.

    Good move by the Browns.

    Bad move for whoever forks over the pick.

  14. Give The Broncos a 6th. for Sanchez and let the Broncos give The Eagles that 7th they gave up to get him.
    Everyone wins (figuratively of course).

  15. mmack66 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:16 PM
    Who would want a quarterback that can’t even get the starting job at Cleveland?

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    The Vikings…..the Jets…..the Bills…..the Broncos….the 49ers….the Eagles….

  16. captainwhodat says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:37 PM
    Browns would only trade Josh McCown for a high draft pick…wishful thinking for a below-average journeyman qb…

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    Wishful thinking also got them a 4th for a punter.

  17. Just when I was starting to think Cleveland may not have horrible management they prove they’re still inept. I guess it makes sense if their mindset is “we’ll probably blow the draft pick anyways” though. They probably could have gotten a mid rounder for him. Which, in my opinion, is much more valuable than a back up QB for the next year or two on a losing team.

  18. So, Robert Griffin III, who Washington was unable to trade after a whole season of him sitting on the bench, beats out McCown in CLEAVLAND of all places…and they think they are going to get a “High” draft pick? I think they need to look in the mirror when use the word “High”.

  19. helldog33 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:33 PM
    Report: Rest of the league would only trade a bag of Cheetos for Josh McCown.

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    Just wait til Big Ben stubs his toe and needs carted off the field, and then the cart runs over Landry Jones. Then you can send the Cheetos truck to Cleveland.

  20. blackstrat says:

    Give The Broncos a 6th. for Sanchez and let the Broncos give The Eagles that 7th they gave up to get him.
    Everyone wins (figuratively of course).

    Except the team that gives up the 6th, gets Sanchez, and still has a gaping hole at QB.

  21. They aren’t going to get a high draft pick. With that being said, holding onto him isn’t a horrible decision. How long is RGIII going to last and it never hurts to have a contract friendly veteran, backing up your QB.

  22. Who cares if RG3 gets hurt. it’s not like they need a good backup they’re not going anywhere this year! why not finish at the bottom and throw away another high draft choice next year….again!

  23. FraggleJones says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:38 PM

    It’s a sellers market. Meet their terms, or don’t. McCown is a super solid backup and he’s affordable. I’d do the same if I were the Browns. They’ve already got a million picks in 2017s draft.

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    The problem with that thinking is they have many holes to fix right now. Any players who are cut will choose almost anywhere else if they have options, so why not trade him for some pieces that would fill holes right now and a late round pick. As a Vikings fan I’d rather rely on our D and run game than mortgage the future for this guy.

  24. Josh Gordon could potentially be worth a 2nd rounder. But McCown is worth a late rounder at best. He’s not very good at QB, to be honest I wouldn’t even give up a 4th if I’m Minnesota. I think Hill is better than McCown anyway.

  25. What does it say about the quality of QB’s in the league when the Browns are asking for a high draft pick for a 37 yr old journeyman…

  26. he stinks. only good stint in last few yrs was part yr success with chicago when cutler got hurt.

    he subsequently had his opportunity to be starter with TB and blew it.

    frankly many are still scratchin their head why TB went after mccown and didn’t stick with incumbent mike glennon.

    that gaffe led to lovie’s ouster.

  27. I think it really is simple.

    If you value your player and believe that person will help the team, you certainly dont ‘give’ that player away. You dont trade simply for the sake of trading.

    Now a real debate can be made on where Josh stands in terms of quality of qb. Wins and losses certainly dont help his case but his TD/int ratio was not too bad and he does more than manage the game.

    I think the Browns have a range in mind and a team would have to be in that area or improve on the offer for the Browns to make the move.

    Yes its Josh. Yes its the Browns. This FO seems to like aquiring assets and teams are certainly inquiring about players because of this but Josh is cheap and appearantly has some outside interest (besides the Browns) so there is no reason to settle unless your goal is ultimately to aquire another asset vs keeping him.

    I would imagine the Browns made the offer high enough to disuade most interested parties because they would prefer to keep him.

  28. With RG III’s injury history, it might be a wise move to hold onto McCown. They should have just said they won’t trade him thought. To be honest, it kind of sounds like they are lashing out (maybe disappointed in offers they rec’d for Gordon, if any came?). Who knows?

  29. I hope the Browns know they need to trade up in the draft with all these picks.

    Just as many college FA’s make it as do 6th and 7th round picks. Use the picks to move up for ‘Need’ as the experts like to say (stay put for BPA vs move up for need).

    Otherwise it will seem like they’re collecting picks and hoping they hit on some.

  30. In the Viking case they have to ask, can he help them get to the playoffs AND beyond, if not no dice. May work for the Cowboys (Temp) situation as a back-up to Prescott until Romo returns, but he’s not a long term solution for any team…imo

  31. McCown should be starting over RGMe. RGMe, Hue Jackson, Sashi Brown and Jimmy Haslam are the 4 Stooges.

    That said, Sashi Brown keep dreaming if u think you are getting a high draft pick for McCown. Sashi Brown is the dumbest GM in football. And of course he thinks, and the Browns think they are smarter than everyone else, which is why they are 98 games under .500 since 1999.

    Sashi Brown brags about his Draft haul then wastes 13 picks on garbage players LOL

  32. “I wouldn’t give up more then a 5th for am aged qb especially one who really hasn’t done much over the past few years. You have no clue what you are talking about and wouldn’t make it one day as an NFL GM. To say a 3rd or even a potential 2nd rounder is so beyond ridiculous it’s not even funny. As it stands I don’t want them to even consider mccown being he isn’t even an upgrade over Shaun hill. I hope your job doesn’t require you to make big decisions that ensure you companies success……”

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    Alright the 2nd is definitely a stretch. But the fact that the Vikings have two 3rd rounders, means they should totally consider pulling the trigger. If it means you get a guy who played well last year and has had more success recently then Shaun Hill, why wouldn’t you give Cleveland what they want? And, perhaps if the Vikings do WELL in the playoffs, then it could potentially upgrade to a higher pick. He’s valuable to the Browns, but he’s also, unfortunately, valuable to the Vikings now.

  33. corkspop says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:25 PM

    A solid backup QB is worth a high draft pick. The question here is whether McCown is solid. Why would the Browns, Bucs or anyone let go of a guy who can run their offense in an emergency? If you are a Vikings or Cowboys fan you should be wondering why your team wasn’t better prepared.

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    Better prepared for what? How many teams who lose their starter choose NOT to add a veteran backup when that starter is lost for the season?

    Can’t speak for the Cowboys, but the Vikings are not looking for someone to come in and start, just a veteran who can step in if Shaun Hill goes down.

    Outside of the Carolina Panthers, how many teams in the league have three veteran backup QBs? Can’t think of another.

  34. If by some miracle the Browns did get a high draft pick for a washed up QB, you know they’d use it on another Manzielish pick.

  35. Hey, now I can honestly say I know what it feels like to be a Browns fan this year and have very little hope for the coming season.

  36. The same naysayers who choose to dump on the Browns are the same naysayers who said the Cavaliers would never win a championship. Instead of wishing a team well, folks who have a lousy team to root for of their own like to take their frustrations out on other teams, some of whom do well. Take nothing you see on this board seriously.

  37. thetooloftools says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:20 PM
    He is contract friendly and he’s a solid backup/starter.
    No way is Cleveland just giving him away. We won’t get punked anymore.
    I honestly can’t believe after all these years people are trying to grab our BACKUP QB.
    Is this possible?

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    I think that’s more of a bad thing than good because of the QB carousel going on there. The QBs that can’t get a starting job anywhere else go to Cleveland because how of frequent they flip flop on starting QBs. Basically if they can land a backup job then it’s almost guaranteed they’ll start by mid-season.

  38. Spielman won’t panic. A lot of these QBs will be playing Thursday so that will give them extra film, plus teams trim down to their final rosters by Saturday–more QB free agents floating around requiring no draft picks. I just hope Heinike gets back on the field soon. If he hadn’t been injured in that freaky accident, we wouldn’t be talking another QB. The Vikings think really highly of the kid.

  39. mrwalterisgod says:
    Aug 31, 2016 3:27 PM
    So, Cleveland still doesn’t understand how the market works.

    Nobody is giving a high pick for Josh McCown.

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    Or it’s more like mrwalterisgod doesn’t understand how football or market works. Why would the Browns trade a quality backup/spot duty starter who’s on a good contract for a mid to late round pick. With RGIII durability history and he past qb play of the last few years, it’s no guarantee that he would last the whole season

  40. lindacaseauthor says:
    Aug 31, 2016 4:29 PM
    Spielman won’t panic. A lot of these QBs will be playing Thursday so that will give them extra film, plus teams trim down to their final rosters by Saturday–more QB free agents floating around requiring no draft picks. I just hope Heinike gets back on the field soon. If he hadn’t been injured in that freaky accident, we wouldn’t be talking another QB. The Vikings think really highly of the kid.
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    Except the Vikings can’t afford a real starting QB because they are overpaying Peterson a ridiculous amount.

  41. Look at all the little football and market geniuses but that don’t know a damn thing about neither. How are the Browns being dumb in this situation. The Browns are in no need or rush to trade McCown who is a decent quarterback and with RGIII history most likely wouldn’t last the whole season, so he would be needed. Also if you’re a seller of a product(position in high demand) then you know you don’t start off the price at market value, you overprice and negotiate down that’s negotiating 101. But again the Browns are not in a position that they need to trade McCown so why trade him for just a 4th round pick or later?

  42. codythao35 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 4:07 PM
    I’d rather trade for McCaron of the Bangles for a 2ND rounder with the option of 1st if Vikings win Super Bowl with him.

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    If the Vikings win the SB? Are you delusional?

  43. Ummm, for the ignorant people on this board, the Vikings are going with Shaun Hill.

    We are looking for Hill’s backup in case he goes down. Stave has been with the team for a whopping 4 weeks.

    We would have had Taylor Heincke push Hill for the #2 spot this year, but Heincke injured his foot in July-off the field.Heincke comes back in about 1 month.

  44. I love the people slamming the Browns, saying their asking price is too high…. Uh…no… if you want him so bad, that means, his market SHOULD be high.

    If you don’t want to pay that high, then get to stepping. Conversation over. i hear Mike Vick is available.

  45. Given that Cleveland has 10 picks already in the 2017 draft this makes sense.

    They don’t need another low to mid round pick that won’t likely make their team cause they have so many picks already. They need a backup QB and as a Skins fan I certainly know why.

    Good on Cleveland for this. Looks like this moribund franchise has their act together now.

  46. As a Viking fan, I have no faith in Hill. Did you see him this preseason? There are many throws he simply cannot make due to his age/arm. Honestly, I think he would have been cut if Heinicke played like he did last preseason. But, Heinicke put his foot thru a window and here we are.

    I don’t see the Vikings trading anything higher than a 4th for a QB unless Hill goes out and single handedly costs the Vikings 2 or 3 games to start the season. People seem to underestimate how long it takes a QB to learn a new system, a new playbook, and any sort of timing with receivers. Anyone brought in now wouldn’t even realistically have a chance to play until after the bye week. The Vikings aren’t trading a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd for an 8 to 16 game rental at QB.

  47. I totally get it. This is exactly in line with the Browns usual business model of a well-thought, balanced strategy. That is, spend highest draft picks on terrible players, but balance that with trading terrible players only for highest picks. And it is this strategy that lets the Browns pick in the Top 10 year after year after year.

  48. PAYTON MANNING comes out retirement and brings the vikings a SB ring and him the title of back to back SB wins with 2 different teams

    they could and should do that it would be historical

    shawn hill cant go 16+ games and stave isnt good enough.. sandcheese isnt a option “i hope” and idc kaeprnick would be ok maybe great

    i hope the best for teddy and he is in my prayers “i never talked trash about romo nor any injurys”

  49. stellarperformance says:

    Except the Vikings can’t afford a real starting QB because they are overpaying Peterson a ridiculous amount.

    Any good QB making what AP is making is not available via trade, and if they are, they’re overpaid. So, the Vikings are wise to use that cap space they aren’t using thanks to having a young franchise QB on the rookie wage scale to keep the best running back in the league. Not to mention having young elite players already locked up or still on the rookie wage scale. Kind of textbook management if you think about it.

  50. this is why cleveland will never have a good quartback: they value guys as 1st round picks when they are probably worth a 7th round pick.

  51. Hanging on to 36 year old players instead of converting the to draft picks is likely to keep the Browns in the same area of the standings they have occupied for quite some time now…

  52. Vikings should call the Raiders up and see if their willing to part with their backup QB Matt McGloin. Unknown at the moment, but seems to make good passes and would be a better option than what the Vikings currently have.

  53. The Browns are not going to part with their soon to be starter, RG3 is going to flop, and will demonstrate that in the first quarter of their opening game loss. The Browns just might be doing something right for a change.

  54. whoknowsnothing says:
    Aug 31, 2016 8:16 PM

    Vikings should call the Raiders up and see if their willing to part with their backup QB Matt McGloin. Unknown at the moment, but seems to make good passes and would be a better option than what the Vikings currently have.

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    Great post. I forgot about him. Know who’s better? AJ McCarron. He’s started and won, throws like a pro and connects. Confident. Like McGloin.

    Hill’s the only option, and if they want one of these guys to contribute by Halloween they should have made the trade yesterday. My hunch is Spielman and Coach Zimmer are in next man up mode, but they’ll capable of making a deal. Nothing the Vikings haven’t done before.

  55. So many people commenting here are just plain ignorant. Does anyone even know McCown’s stats last year?

    He had 12 TD’s vs 4 picks and a 93.3 rating on a horrible team with one weapon, Barnidge.

    But somehow Osweiler, who had worse stats and threw for less yards, is worth $72 million with $37 million guaranteed?

    A lot of teams could do worse than McCown at QB this year, and will. Why on Earth would the Browns just give him away to a team desperate for a decent QB?

  56. LOL, what do you expect them to say? Of course they want to get as much for him as possible. For team(s) that have very little alternative (or at least perceived) he may be a vary viable option.

    When a team is in win now mode they have to do what they have to do to try and take advantage of that and in some instances overpaying makes sense. Same reason why certain teams (Bengals come to mind) will not trade their current back-up, they are in win now mode.

    That being said the Browns are not in win now mode and need to get as much as they can get and trade him. Even if RG3 goes down they need to give those reps to someone else.

  57. Hanging on to 36 year old players instead of converting the to draft picks is likely to keep the Browns in the same area of the standings they have occupied for quite some time now…
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    The Browns can’t draft for crap neither. Hear the Mingo bark.

  58. So people believe a team is not smart for asking a lot for the guy who owns their single game passing record?

    The Browns may not get a lot of wins but they generally have the smartest front office in the NFL when it comes to trades and contracts. The demanded a high draft pick for Trent Richardson and they got one. They just got a 2018 fourth round pick for a punter that might not be in the league in 2018.

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