NFL Free Agency 2015: Grading Browns signing QB Josh McCown

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Josh McCown and Cleveland Browns agree to deal
Saturday February 28th, 2015

The Cleveland Browns have moved from one stopgap solution at quarterback to another with their Friday signing of 35-year-old Josh McCown to a three-year deal.

Presumably, McCown will fill the role held last season by Brian Hoyer -- de facto starter until a time when Johnny Manziel (or another TBD young quarterback) is ready to take over the job. McCown could be a valuable resource for Manziel, if nothing else.


Beyond that, though, the book is more or less out on McCown. He parlayed a strong 2013 season in Chicago into a contract with Tampa Bay last year. Lovie Smith handed him the starting job early, but injury and inconsistent play marred McCown's year. He finished 1-10 as a starter with a 56.3 percent completion rate, 11 touchdowns and 14 picks.

Hoyer was a fan favorite in Cleveland, at least for a spell as he sparked the Browns to playoff contention. It all fell apart down the stretch, though, as the Browns finished 7-9.

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Worse yet, Manziel entered rehab of his own accord this off-season, adding further mystery to his future.

So, McCown, again, finds himself as a safety net, albeit one with minimal upside. If Cleveland has any hopes of competing for a postseason spot soon, it will have to upgrade, be it via Manziel or otherwise.

GRADE: C-minus

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