Browns ink McCown to Deal

Signing likely means the end of the road for Brian Hoyer in Cleveland

BEREA, Ohio—It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the Browns are planning to do at quarterback.

It also appears the Brian Hoyer era is over in Cleveland.

The Browns have confirmed that quarterback Josh McCown has agreed to terms with the team. Reports over the past two days surfaced that McCown was in contract negotiations with the Buffalo Bills and the Browns.

Hoyer had indicated he wanted to be a starter and McCown was quoted while in Tampa Bay that he was willing to be a backup.

It appears the Browns intend to have McCown compete for the starting quarterback job, while also serving as a mentor to Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw or possibly a quarterback the Browns draft in this year’s NFL Draft.

Hoyer is set to become a free agent on March 10. He was 7–6 as the Browns starter last season and 10–6 over the past two seasons.

McCown, who will turn 36 in July, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 11 after going 1–10 as the starter for them last year.

McCown will be re-united with Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who was his quarterback coach with the Raiders in 2007.

McCown had his best year in 2013 when he filled in for the injured Jay Cutler with the Bears and threw 13 touchdowns and just one interception, posting a 109.9 rating in starting five games.

In his career, McCown is 17–32 as a starter after being a third-round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2002. He has thrown 61 touchdowns and 59 interceptions with a 76.1 rating. McCown’s younger brother, Luke, was drafted by the Browns in 2004.

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