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Former Browns QB Josh McCown announces his retirement

McCown played two years with the Browns.

NFL: New York Jets at Cleveland Browns David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

Former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks are dropping out of the league like flies. First it was Derek Anderson, and now, it is Josh McCown, who on Tuesday announced his retirement from the NFL.

McCown’s career began in 2002 and played for a lot of different teams. He played 4 years in Arizona, 1 year in Detroit, 1 year in Oakland, 2 years in Carolina, 1 year in the UFL, 3 years in Chicago, 1 year in Tampa Bay, 2 years in Cleveland, and then 2 years in New York. In 2013, as a member of the Bears, McCown threw for 13 touchdowns to 1 interception. That helped lead to him signing a lucrative deal with Tampa Bay in 2014, and then getting to Cleveland as their starter in 2015.

Over two years, McCown started 11 games for the Browns, throwing 18 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. He also gave us one heck of helicopter ride.

There was a stretch in 2015 in which McCown threw for 341 yards, 356 yards, and 457 yards passing in three consecutive weeks, combining for 6 touchdowns to 1 interception during that stretch. Only once did he taste victory as the Browns’ starter, though -- and that was the Ravens game where he threw for 457 yards. That season, McCown’s performances and decision-making were probably the best the team had had since the franchise returned in 1999. The fact that it didn’t lead to more victories tells you all you need to know about the state of the team in general.

Fans wanted McCown to stick around in later years as a mentor, but he still got lucrative offers to play for the Jets (in fact, last year, at age 39, he received $10 million guaranteed). Could coaching be in his future at some point, though? Albert Breer says McCown will do some ESPN work, and maybe some high school coaching, but also speculates that he could still try sneaking onto a roster in November if a team needs a quarterback in a pinch.

Congrats on the career, Josh!