The Browns have officially begun the search for a quarterback.
According to multiple reports today, the Browns are interested in signing quarterback Josh McCown. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com first reported the story, stating that the team is looking into bringing him to Berea for a visit.
The Buccaneers released the veteran backup last week, as McCown still had one year left on a two-year, $10 million contract.
The Browns are only one of eight teams to take an interest in the 6'4, 212 pound signalcaller. According to NFL.com, Bears head coach John Fox talked with McCown over breakfast his morning. McCown said the meeting went "great." The 35 year old also visited the Bills earlier this week, but did not sign with Buffalo.
A 12-year NFL veteran, McCown started 11 games for the Bucs last season, recording 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. The Bucs went 1-10 with McCown under center, as the Sam Houston State product finished the year with a 70.5 passer rating.
The Browns have a connection with McCown through offensive coordinator John DeFillipo. McCown played nine games at quarterback for the Raiders in 2007 while DeFillipo was Oakland's quarterbacks coach. McCown compiled a record of 2-5 as the starter, tossing nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
According to Cabot's source, the two enjoyed working together in 2007.
McCown's younger brother, Luke, played for the Browns in 2004. A former Browns' fourth round pick, Luke McCown recorded an 0-4 record as the team's starter in his rookie season, throwing for 608 yards, four touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
If the Browns signed McCown, the team could use the veteran as a mentor for Johnny Manziel. The signing would also likely spell the end of Brian Hoyer's time in Cleveland, as the North Olmsted native would prefer a starting role in 2015.
Since free agency does not start until March 10, McCown can take afford to make a decision on his own time, as there is no competition for him yet.
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