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Poll: Should the Browns Try to Move QB Josh McCown?

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With the team recently signing QB Robert Griffin III and likely drafting a quarterback at some point in the 2016 NFL Draft, it's clear that QB Josh McCown is not somebody who new head coach Hue Jackson envisions starting for the Cleveland Browns this year.

While he was healthy in 2015, McCown played at an above average level, even setting a couple of franchise records during a three-game stretch. He is under contract for two more years. If the team keeps him for all of 2016, he would carry a cap hit of $5.042 million. If they cut him, they'll only carry $2.333 million in dead money. They could also try to trade him for what would likely be a conditional draft pick (i.e. based on playing time or performance, it could turn into a 6th or 7th round pick).

As much as I like what McCown did last year, I think the team should cut or trade him and open his roster spot up for somebody like QB Austin Davis or QB Connor Shaw during the regular season (if the team even needs three quarterbacks on the active roster). Many will argue that McCown can be a veteran mentor to whoever the Browns draft at the position, but keep in mind that the coaching staff might not see that as a priority. Jackson and Pep Hamilton are already pretty much like mentors, so they don't need a player-coach to help them too.

What would you like to see the Browns do with McCown?