NFL teams are starting to make moves now that the Super Bowl has concluded. On Tuesday the Browns announced that they released quarterback Josh McCown. The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
This past season, McCown played in three games and started in five for the Browns. He lost his starting job due to injuries. In the time that he did play, he completed 90 of 165 pass attempts for 1,100 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions.
McCown was a free agent pickup by the Browns in 2015 and he ended up turning in the best season of his long career. The frequent NFL journeyman actually broke a franchise record when he threw for 457 yards against the Ravens in his only win as a starter for the Browns. However, his play wasn’t consistent by any stretch of the imagination.
In 13 total games in Cleveland, McCown completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 3,209 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Questions have been raised as to whether McCown will continue playing or decide to retire. Part of that was because of what Hue Jackson indicated this past December:
Hue Jackson says 37 year old Josh McCown could be “rising star” in coaching ranks whenever he’s done playing. “He’s made of the right stuff”
“He’s made of the right stuff,” Jackson said via ESPN’s Pat McManamon. “He knows what it takes to coach and play in this league, and he’s going to be a rising star in this profession if that’s what he chooses to do.”