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Height/Weight: 6-4/218 | Birthdate: 7/4/1979 | Birthplace: Jacksonville, TX, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Sam Houston State | NFL Experience: 13 | Owned/Started%: 42/8 | Average Draft Position: 150.18
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Browns OC: Josh McCown has edge over Johnny Manziel for Week 1


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) While the Browns are nearly three months away from their regular-season opener, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said the team would start quarterback Josh McCown over Johnny Manziel if the season opened Thursday, reports Cleveland.com.

"I'm gonna echo coach [Mike] Pettine's words, because he and I are on the exact same page about this," DeFilippo said. "I don't see a change for right now going into training camp. I just don't. I think Josh is playing at a high level right now. I think Josh is doing the things we want him to do. There's a long time before we kick off against the Jets. There's four preseason games to play."

Although McCown is ahead of Manziel on the depth chart after the team's offseason program, DeFilippo said a lot could change before the season starts.

"Last year I was at a place where we were sold on a starter, too [in Matt Schaub], and then a rookie [Dererk Carr] came in and outplayed him in the preseason," he said. "I think coach said [Thursday] there were 86 days or something like that until we kick off against the Jets. So 86 days in the NFL world is an eternity. For right now, if we were lining up against the Jets tomorrow, which we're not, I wouldn't see that changing, no."


Browns' Josh McCown not bothered by 'game manager' label


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Browns quarterback Josh McCown brushes off the negative connotation around phrases like "game manager" and "building around the quarterback," per the team's website.

"That stuff doesn't bother me," McCown said after Tuesday’s OTA. "We're trying to win a championship. You can call it what you want to call it. I just want to win football games. That's my main focus. I understand who I am and how I want to go about winning football games. That's the key for us."

Coach Mike Pettine understands why McCown was attracted to Cleveland as a potential landing spot this offseason.

"I think he sees that as potentially a way to win football games," Pettine said. "I think virtually any quarterback in the league, if we said, ‘Hey, we want to get you in second-and-5 and not second-and-11. We want to get you in third-and-2 and not third-and-8,’ I think they’d all be appreciative of that."

McCown also had praise for his new offensive line after getting to work with the unit.

"I knew they were physically good, you see it on tape, but these guys are so smart," McCown said. "It's rare to get a group of five guys that can really see the field the way they do. I've said this all along, they were a big reason why I wanted to come here. After being with them now the last five or six weeks, had I known it was this good, I might not have even had to take a visit (before signing). They're really sharp. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with them."


Browns declare Josh McCown starter, Johnny Manziel needs to focus on self


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Browns head coach Mike Pettine declared Josh McCown the team's number one quarterback. 

"We’re not going to start talking competition," Pettine said, per the Chronicle-Telegram. "Josh will more than likely be the starter going into camp, and in the foreseeable future I don’t see that changing."

Last year's first-round draft pick, Johnny Manziel, spent 10 weeks in rehab after a disappointing rookie season. Pettine said he didn't need to worry about competing for the starting job at this point. 

"We want him, essentially, with horse blinders on," he said. "Focus on his job, getting up every day, perfecting his craft, whatever it is, homework that the quarterbacks have or come out and working on his footwork, his releases. That he’s much more concerned about himself than really anything else."


Browns' Pettine: Josh McCown favorite to enter camp as starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Browns coach Mike Pettine said in a radio interview Monday that it's "fair to say" that Josh McCown will enter camp as the team's starting quarterback, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.

Pettine had said in April that he wasn't ready to name McCown the likely starter for anything, but after the Browns came out of draft weekend without a new quarterback on the roster, it appears the former Buccaneers starter is in line to open camp atop the depth chart at the position.

McCown started 11 games with the Buccaneers last season, completing 56.3 percent of his passes while throwing 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.


Report: Browns looking to add another quarterback


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) The Browns are not done just yet in their search for quarterback talent, according to ESPN.com. Cleveland is reportedly looking to add at least one more quarterback through the draft or free agency.

The Browns made their signing of Josh McCown to a three-year deal official last week, but appear to want another to go along with him and Johnny Manziel.


QB Josh McCown's contract with Browns worth $14 million


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Quarterback Josh McCown's deal with the Browns will pay $14 million over three years, a league source told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

With incentives related to playing time and playoff berths, McCown could earn $20 million over the course of the deal.

McCown will earn $6.25 million in fully guaranteed money, with $5.25 million of it coming in the first year of the deal.


Quarterback Josh McCown agrees to terms with Browns


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Free agent quarterback Josh McCown has agreed to terms with the Browns on a contract, according to his agent Mike McCartney. The team later confirmed the report. The deal is reportedly set to have McCown on the Browns for three seasons and is worth $14 million, according to Cleveland.com.

McCown, who will turn 36 before the season begins, previously visited with the Bills before signing with the Browns. McCown threw for 2,206 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2014 with the Buccaneers.


Report: Browns believe they still have a shot at Josh McCown


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Browns remain confident that they can snag quarterback Josh McCown from the free agent ranks, according to a report from ESPN.com

McCown visited the Browns this week and has also received interest from the the Jets, Bills and Bears. The Browns are in the market for a starting-caliber quarterback with Brian Hoyer possibly leaving in free agency and with Johnny Manziel's status up in the air with the off-field issues hes working through. 

McCown threw 13 touchdowns to just one interception with the Bears in 2013, doing this while filling in for an injured Jay Cutler. His performance earned him a contract with the Buccaneers, though injuries and poor play resulted in a season that saw him throw 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. 

McCown was released by the Buccaneers earlier this offseason. 


Report: Free agent QB Josh McCown in negotiations with Bills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Free agent quarterback Josh McCown and the Bills have started negotiations on a contract, a league source told the Buffalo News on Thursday.

The 12-year veteran visited the team last week and has ties with new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, quarterbacks coach David Lee, and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. McCown was released after just one season with the Buccaneers. He threw for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 11 games for Tampa Bay. The 35-year-old has just 49 starts in his resume.


Josh McCown leaves Browns meeting without contract


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Free agent quarterback Josh McCown did not sign a contract following his visit with the Browns this week, according to the Akron Beacon Journal

McCown spent the 2014 season with the Buccaneers and threw 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Buccaneers released him early during the offseason, giving him a chance to negotiate with teams before the new league year begins in March. 

McCown has also garnered interest from the Jets, Bills and Bears thus far since being released. 


Report: Josh McCown to visit with Browns Tuesday and Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Free agent quarterback Josh McCown is set to visit with the Browns Tuesday and Wednesday, according to ESPN.

McCown, who was released after just one season with the Buccaneers, has also talked with the Jets about signing for next season. He threw for 2,206 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 11 games started in 2014.


Rex Ryan: 'Would be nice' to have great QB, 'excited' about Manuel


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Bills coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that it "would be nice" to have a great quarterback but that he's "excited" about EJ Manuel, ESPN.com reports.

"I think this league has proven that when you have a great quarterback, you almost -- it's rare that you don't go to the playoffs with a great quarterback," Ryan said. "So obviously that's a priority and not just for our team, but any team in this league. But it's a lot easier said than done.

"It would be nice to get somebody like that. I'm not saying that we have that situation right now. I'm excited about EJ Manuel, though, I'll tell you that much. He's a young man that has some potential. We'll see how that pans out."

Ryan also acknowledged the team's meeting with free-agent quarterback Josh McCown.

"We did bring Josh in," Ryan said. "So obviously there's some interest there on our part. We wanted to bring him in, just to get to know this young man and also for him to get to know us. I'm excited about our coaching staff, and I think that's probably the best selling point that I have right now, along with the players that we have. Obviously, we got an outstanding group of players, too, that I like to show off to a lot of guys."

Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the only two quarterbacks on the Bills' roster.

VIDEO: Jason La Canfora talks to Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan about who he plans to start, and how he plans to manage his QBs this season.


Report: Josh McCown met with the Jets on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Outside of meeting with the Bears earlier in the morning, free agent quarterback Josh McCown also met with the Jets on Tuesday, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Jets are the third team McCown has sat down with this offseason.

The Browns are also reportedly interested in meeting the 35-year-old veteran quarterback. Coach Mike Pettine revealed that a meeting has not been schedule with McCown, but it's an option that his front office will discuss this week, reports the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

McCown enjoyed his best season with the Bears in 2013 before he left Chicago for Tampa Bay in 2014. He was released by the Buccaneers after one season where he threw for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 11 games. The 35-year-old veteran has just 49 starts in his resume.


Bears' Fox on Jay Cutler's future: 'We're not up against a deadline'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Bears coach John Fox met with the media on Tuesday and remained noncommittal to longtime starter Jay Cutler, dancing around questions about his future with the team, reports ESPN Chicago.

"We're not up against a deadline," Fox said, per the Chicago Tribune. "We'll keep you posted."

Cutler's "ability and talent (are there). A lot more goes into it. We're evaluating that as we speak," Fox said, per the Plain Dealer.

Fox also revealed that he met free agent quarterback Josh McCown prior to his combine press conference, adding that "he's the right kind of guy...that you want on your football team."

General manager Ryan Pace also said the Bears will be patient on their decision, and refused to declare Cutler the starter.

Cutler, 31, signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Bears last offseason and is guaranteed to make $15.5 million next season. He threw for 3,812 passing yards, the most since 2008 when he was a member of the Broncos. He added 28 touchdowns and a league-high 18 interceptions in 2014.


Bears' Fox on free agent Josh McCown: 'He's the right kind of guy'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Free agent quarterback Josh McCown met with new Bears coach John Fox at the combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday, reports NFL.com. Fox was noncommittal to longtime starter Jay Cutler during his combine news conference.

"We're not up against a deadline," Fox said, per the Chicago Tribune. "We'll keep you posted."

McCown enjoyed his best season with the Bears in 2013 before he left Chicago for Tampa Bay in 2014. He was released by the Buccaneers after one season where he threw for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 11 games. The 35-year-old veteran has just 49 starts in his resume.

"He's the right kind of guy...that you want on your football team," Fox said. "We'll see where it goes."


Rumor: Josh McCown leaves without signing with Bills


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Free agent quarterback Josh McCown visited Buffalo on Monday, but he left town without signing with the Bills, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News

McCown and his agent didn't even discuss contract details during the meeting. He has visits to one or two other teams lined up, and McCown doesn't plan to sign for at least another week. 

McCown was released by the Buccaneers after one season. He played in 11 games, throwing for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He's also played with the Cardinals, Raiders, Panthers and Bears in an NFL career dating back to 2002.


Quarterback Josh McCown meeting with Bills


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Free-agent quarterback Josh McCown is meeting with the Bills on Monday to discuss a contract, the team announced. 

If a deal cannot be reached, he is expected to meet with other interested teams. McCown was recently released by the Buccaneers. In 2014, he started 11 games and threw 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

The Bills currently only have quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel on their roster.


Buccaneers release quarterback Josh McCown


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) The Buccaneers have released quarterback Josh McCown on Wednesday, the team announced.

McCown signed with the club as a free-agent last season, and started 11 games with the club in 2014. McCown originally signed a two-year deal with the club, but it did not contain any bonuses for 2015, so the Bucs' salary cap won't be strongly impacted by the move. 

McCown threw for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. He struggled with interceptions, throwing 14 last year.

With the release, the team now has Mike Glennon and Seth Lobato as options under center. The team also owns the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and will likely consider both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston with that pick. 


Buccaneers QB McCown fine for a half in Sunday loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown might have posted strong numbers Sunday against New Orleans if given the chance. But he did little but hand the ball off after an impressive first half.

McCown was 12 of 20 for 106 yards and a 6-yard touchdown strike to rookie wide receiver Mike Evans through two quarters. But he threw just three passes after intermission, completing two for nine yards. He also had an interception in the game.


Bucs quarterback Josh McCown believes he'll play next season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown has some things to figure out at season's end in Tampa Bay. The 35-year-old veteran has played 10 games in his first season with the Bucs and could have retirement on his mind.

However, McCown shot down those thoughts and said Tuesday he believes he will play again in 2015, according to ESPN.

"I don't know if it's at that point yet," McCown said. "Obviously right now at this point in the season your body is tired and all those things. But once you get away from it and kind of reassess things, I feel good. My plan right now is to keep playing." 


McCown has thrown for 2,091 yards and 10 touchdowns with 13 interceptions this year. 


Bucs' Josh McCown throws for 147 and an interception in loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown completed 12 of his 26 passes, but only managed 147 yards in Tampa Bay's 20-3 loss to the Packers.

McCown was under attack for much of the game, getting sacked seven times and hit 12 times.

Tampa Bay will wrap up their season at home against the Saints in Week 17. 


Bucs QB Josh McCown has two TDs, three turnovers Week 15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown threw one touchdown and one interception during a 19-17 loss Week 15 at Carolina. He completed 13 of 28 passes for 154 yards, while rushing for 21 yards and one touchdown on two carries.

McCown had an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the first quarter and scrambled for a 16-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. McCown fumbled the football three times Sunday, losing two fumbles.

The Bucs are back in action Week 16 vs. Green Bay.


Josh McCown likely to remain starter for Tampa Bay in Week 15


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown took first-team reps Wednesday and is likely to remain the starter for Tampa Bay in Week 15 against the Panthers. 

Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday his lineup is unlikely to change

"Josh is our quarterback, gives us the best chance to win," Smith said. 


Bucs' Josh McCown tosses two touchdowns, two picks in loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown went 20 for 39 for 250 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Lions. 

McCown was able to connect with wide receiver Mike Evans for both of his touchdowns, one for five yards and the other for 22. McCown also hooked up with Vincent Jackson 10 tmies for 159 yards. He was also sacked six times and threw two more interceptions.

McCown and Tampa Bay will head to Charlotte to take on the Panthers in Week 15. 


Buccaneers QB Josh McCown ineffective in Sunday defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown managed weak numbers in a Sunday loss to visiting Cincinnati.

McCown finished 15 of 29 for 190 yards, no touchdowns and one interception late in the second quarter on a bad decison and worse throw. He tried to rally Tampa Bay down the stretch, completing two short passes for long gains, but the second was called back on a replay.

He and his team will try to recover at Detroit in Week 14.