Is it now the time to trade Josh McCown?
It is obvious the Browns are committed to Robert Griffin III for the 2016 season, but are they willing to roll the dice that Griffin will continue to play well or stay healthy?
Through three preseason games, Griffin has displayed that he can run the offense efficiently, and he has taken some hits and has been able get back up.
Earlier in training camp, there was speculation that the Cowboys were interested in McCown because Tony Romo's backup Kellen Moore suffered a broken fibula on Aug. 2. However, according to ESPN, the Browns were asking too much for McCown.
According to multiple reports, Romo broke a bone in his back and will miss from 6-10 weeks, leaving rookie fourth-round draft pick Dak Prescott as the Cowboys starting quarterback. Prescott has played well in the preseason, but the only other quarterback on the roster is Jameill Showers.
"Obviously our focus will be on Dak in terms of the first part of this season," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told ESPN. "We need to win football games and when Tony gets back, then certainly it will be great to have him back and it's unfortunate he's not here right now. But in the meantime we will look and see if there's a backup out there that would be the right guy in terms of what we're doing with Dak."
Whether the Cowboys really believe they can win immediately with a rookie remains to be seen, but they could be willing to pay a much higher price than they were originally.
The Cowboys know that their 2015 season went south with a 1-11 record when Romo was injured and they don't want to ruin their hopes if Prescott can't handle the pressure once the regular seasons begins.
The Cowboys are likely looking for a quarterback with experience that can help them win games until Romo returns and might be willing to give up more than they were a month ago.
There currently are not very many veteran quarterbacks available, but with the first round of cuts come Tuesday when teams need to go from 90 players to 75, some could become available.
"We'll see what our options are in terms of what might be out there on the cuts and we'll also keep our options open if something happens that makes sense in the form of a trade," Jones said. "We'll see what's the right fit for us."
If the Browns trade McCown, they would have Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler as backups. Another option would be to trade Davis to the Cowboys, as there's a good chance he won't make the Browns final roster anyway.
Griffin has played reasonably well and the plan is to play him this season, likely making McCown expendable. However, with the injury history of Griffin, McCown is the insurance policy, if Griffin goes down.
Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said earlier this week that every player has a price tag when talking about how much it would take to accept a trade for Josh Gordon.
The question is what is the value the Browns have placed on McCown and will the Cowboys match it?
What do you think? Is McCown too valuable to part with at this time?
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