McCown relishes chance to help other QBs

Free agent acquisition is comfortable in his veteran mentor role with the Browns.

BEREA, Ohio—Whether Josh McCown was brought to the Browns to be the starter or to help mentor any of a number of young quarterbacks is unknown.

However, McCown said it’s a role that he enjoys whole-heartedly and regardless if he starts or is the backup, he will try to make every other quarterback in the room better.

“I embrace that part of life,” McCown said. “I just feel personally, to me, if you just claw your way to the top (by yourself) when you get there, you’ll be there by yourself and you’re going to be lonely.

“You want to take people with you,” he said. “For me and my life and the way I work I have more peace and more joy when I have other guys along with me, whether it’s Johnny (Manziel), Connor (Shaw), Thad (Lewis) or any other guy in our building. Doing that together is the way to have fun.”

There’s a good chance that McCown could open the season as the Browns and if so, he’ll be the 23rd different starting quarterback for the team since 1999. One of those was Josh’s brother, Luke, who was drafted by the Browns in the fourth-round of the 2004 draft.

“It is history,” he said. “It’s just that. We have to move beyond that. We can’t fold up the tent and just not play. It is what it is and we’re moving forward and our goal is to change that and do everything we can to make it happen.”

Notebook

Browns optimistic with Gipson: Pro Bowl safety Tashaun Gipson is missing from the OTA’s thus far. Gipson was offered a second-round tender by the Browns as a restricted free agent. If he signs the agreement, he will receive $2.356 million for the 2015 season. If he would’ve been tendered a first-round offer, the contract would’ve been for $3.347 million.

If another team makes an offer to Gipson by Friday, the Browns can match it or be compensated with a second-round draft pick for losing him, if they did not match the offer. If Gipson signs the tender, he could become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Pettine said he’s hopeful the Browns will be able to work out a long-term contract for the 24-year old Gipson, who joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent from Wyoming in 2012.

“We’re very optimistic that we’ll get that all worked out,” Pettine said. “I don’t have much of a comment on that, other than we’re very hopeful to get that worked out.”

LB Craig Robertson and DB Johnson Bademosi, who were also restricted free agents signed their offers with the team. Robertson will get $2.356 million after having 92 tackles last season. Bademosi, who received the lower tender of $1.54 million has made 44 special teams tackles since 2012, second-most in the NFL.

Pettine refutes ESPN report on Manziel: Pettine was asked about ESPN Chris Mortensen’s report last month that the Browns were “90 percent” moving on from Manziel.

“I filed that one in the ridiculous category.”

Pettine was asked how his interaction with Manziel has been since he returned from the treatment facility.

He said his discussions with Manziel were private, but did share one thing Manziel told him.

“(Manziel) did tell me to not judge me by words but by my actions.”

Hartline alright with drafting a receiver: WR Brian Hartline was asked if he felt the Browns needed to draft a wide receiver with the addition of himself and WR Dwayne Bowe.

”I think we should get whoever they think can come in and compete,” Hartline said.

McCown was asked if he thought the Browns should draft a receiver.

“That’s above my pay grade,” he said. “I trust in the guys who’ll make those decisions.”

Injury Update: Pettine didn’t give any specifics on injuries, but mentioned the players who had surgeries were on track to be ready at some point in time by training camp.

He mentioned DL Armonty Bryant (knee), OL Michael Bowie (shoulder), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), OL Alex Mack (ankle) and DL Phil Taylor (knee).

Pettine also said three or four players weren’t at the practices for various reasons, but it is a voluntary camp.


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