Since the Buccaneers released Josh McCown on February 11, the veteran quarterback has taken three know visits, meeting with the Bills, Bears, and Jets. The 35-year-old McCown left all those visits without a contract, and now he’ll take a meeting with another club that could be in the QB market. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer (Twitter link), McCown will visit the Browns today and tomorrow.
The quarterback situation in Cleveland is just as — if not more — complicated than the ones in Buffalo, Chicago, and New York, as 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel is coming off a season during which he struggled mightily in limited opportunities, and then entered a rehab facility when the season concluded. Brian Hoyer, the Browns starter for the majority of the season, is a free agent, and it doesn’t appear as though the club has any serious interest in retaining him.
Along with Hoyer and Mark Sanchez, McCown sits atop what is an extremely weak free agent crop of quarterbacks, but he’d probably be the favorite to start if signed by the Browns. He’d have some familiarity with the Cleveland coaching staff — Browns offensive coordinator John DeFillipo was the QB coach in Oakland while McCown was there — which might give him a leg up on Manziel.
The Browns have also reportedly shown interest in acquiring Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, but Peter King of MMQB.com later wrote that Cleveland wouldn’t want to acquire Bradford without assurances that he’d stay beyond 2015.