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Jets, Broncos, Rams among potential Josh McCown suitors

Josh McCown


With the Browns signing quarterback Robert Griffin III, is Josh McCown on the way out?

If so, the teams that could be interested include the Jets, Broncos and Rams.

ESPN reported on Wednesday, before the Browns signed Griffin, that the Jets have interest in McCown. Talks with free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick have failed to result in a deal that would bring him back to the Jets, and so McCown could be an option there.

The Broncos have also made clear that they’re not done acquiring quarterbacks after losing Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler and trading for Mark Sanchez. McCown would have a decent shot at beating out Sanchez in a quarterback competition.

And the Rams are committed to Case Keenum as their starter at the beginning of Organized Team Activities, but that doesn’t mean McCown couldn’t come in and win a quarterback competition in Los Angeles.

The question for any team interested in McCown may be whether to offer the Browns a draft pick in a trade, or to wait on the assumption that Cleveland will release him. McCown is heading into the second-year of a three-year contract. He’s due a base salary of $4.375 million this season, plus a roster bonus of $750,000. That’s cheap by the standards of an NFL starting quarterback, and so if a team thinks there’s a chance McCown could be its starter, acquiring him wouldn’t be a bad deal.