The signing of Jeff Garcia by the team during this off-season made it clear that Couch was no longer considered to be part of the team's future. Following several abortive attempts to trade Couch to the Green Bay Packers, the Browns have apparently given up trying to get a return for Couch. The door to releasing Couch was opened last week when division rival Baltimore signed back-up quarterback Kordell Stewart, signficantly reducing the Browns' concern that Couch would become a Raven if released.
The Browns have taken considerable heat in the press for failing to release Couch, and recent local stories indicated that Couch and his agent, Tom Condon, were preparing to wage a PR battle against the team. Couch had also insisted on a one-year contract with the Packers, thwarting the Browns attempts to trade him.
Couch was the Browns #1 draft pick out of the University of Kentucky in 1999, and was thrust into the starting line-up during the team's second regular-season game. Although Couch has shown flashes of ability, his inconsistency led to frustration on the part of fans and the Browns.
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