The Cleveland Browns signing former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III could make veteran Josh McCown expendable.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports said RG3’s arrival in Cleveland “should lead” to the Browns dealing away McCown, who started eight games for the franchise last season.
Browns signing RG3 should lead to a McCown trade. Team has notified it's other QBs of Griffin's signing.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 24, 2016
McCown, who turns 37 in July, threw 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 2015. If traded, McCown could be looking at his fourth team in as many years. A career journeyman, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after thriving as a backup with the Chicago Bears in 2013. He later ended up in Cleveland after Tampa Bay cut him following the 2014 season.
It’s unclear which teams would have interest in trading for McCown, but the New York Jets—who are still attempting to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick—make the most sense. The Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams also have quarterback issues, while the San Francisco 49ers could be in the market if Colin Kaepernick is traded.
The rebuilding Browns have little need for a veteran quarterback, especially after signing Griffin III to a two-year deal. Cleveland is also likely to draft a signal caller to pair with RG3, potentially even as high as No. 2 overall. Cal’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz are both options for first-year head coach Hue Jackson.
The Browns also have Austin Davis, Connor Shaw and Pat Devlin currently on the roster at quarterback.
Over 13 NFL seasons, McCown has thrown 73 touchdowns and 63 interceptions, with a passer rating of 78.7. His best season came in 2013, when he tossed 13 touchdowns with only one interception while filling in for Jay Cutler in Chicago.
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