Josh McCown Joins Johnny Football

February 27th, 2015
Tears of joy today for Josh McCown

Tears of joy today for Josh McCown

It’s a match made in Texas.

Tears will be flowing tonight.

Former Bucs non-savior quarterback Josh McCown has signed with Cleveland — a three-year deal — and will join rehabbing Johnny Football and the seven-win Browns.

Yes, the Bucs did McCown a favor cutting him loose before the other expected free agent quarterbacks are set free when the new league year begins March 10.

But did the Bucs choke on a chance to trade McCown?

It sure seems like they could have gotten a seventh-round pick, given that McCown signed early and, per reports, the Browns were bidding against the Bills for his services. That mystery likely will be cleared up when McCown’s salary is revealed. He was set to earn $5.25 million with the Bucs this year.

Regardless, McCown, one of the worst starters in Bucs history (1-10 last season) has a new home.

Way to go, Josh!

McCown will bring his team-first, rah-rah, good-guy, try-to-lead show to the bumbling Browns. McCown’s older brother Randy was a star QB at Texas A&M, and there’s plenty of familiarity through the McCown family with Johnny Football, who made his name at A&M before trashing it in the NFL.

Joe can see it now. McCown will be on a plane in a matter of hours visiting Johnny in rehab, much like he flew to spend time with Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans last offseason.

Joe wishes McCown well.

69 Responses to “Josh McCown Joins Johnny Football”

  1. JVNootz Says:

    I’ll say this : he was one tough SOB and had a lot of heart.

  2. #4 Says:

    I think he is gonna surprise some of us, playing behind a decent OL. Congratz Josh.

  3. 87ForJameisNOMariota Says:

    Oh nooooo please come back!

  4. bucrightoff Says:

    Signs a 2 year deal here and is abysmal, gets cut and parlays that into a 3 year deal?

    One thing you can’t deny about Josh: He has a terrific agent

  5. knuckledragger Says:


  6. CC Says:

    I wonder if Chris Landry is going to say what a great signing that is for the Browns like he did for the Bucs.

  7. Not ...... "The Kevin" Says:

    I really believe he would have had a successful run here with our Bucs had Tedford been with the team all the way through and the line not been so horrible.

    It was so bad last year that no argument would have justified naming him the starter going into next season, but I do believe he can win games in this league as I believe a lot of QB’s can do under the right coaching/systems.

    Had Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees played in an offense being ran by Marcus Arroyo last season you can’t even TRY and argue that team would have made the playoffs or had a decent year. That’s not to say he is one of them because he is not, but there is a fine line drawn between bad players and bad coaching and most people always jump on the players.

    If you ask me, I think the organization failed Josh more than he failed the team…I will be rooting for him, but I think he has again landed in a bad spot. No Josh Gordon, probably no Jordan Cameron, probably a lousy offense. He’s a good guy and I wish him the best. If anything this is a good move to give Manziel someone to mentor him.

  8. MariotaOrWinstonOrWalkdaPlank Says:

    Browns should’ve kept Hoyer. Maybe McClown can show Johnny Rehab how to take a hit. Poor guy deserves a medal for that impersonation of a punching bag in Detroit courtesy of the Bucs O-line.

    Good luck to him.

  9. Luther Says:

    What a dumpster fire Cleveland has.

  10. Brandon Says:

    McCown did show toughness… but even when not pressured, he panicked at times. He forced things often times when he didn’t have to (1st and goal), but for a short while he was throwing guys open, showed good timing, but as the season wore on he wilted behind bad playcalling and an offensive line to match. He may do okay for the Browns. Perhaps bring JEESUSSS! into Johnny Rehab’s life.

  11. IStillbleedOrange Says:

    So… given our wretched history with QBs that fail miserably with us, I can surmise that…Josh McCown will earn the starting spot in Cleveland, lead them to an improbable Super Bowl win, then mentor Johnny Manziel, making him a reliable starter in his own right when McCown retires as a Brown.

    All this is said tongue in cheek, of course. But by all that is holy, if this really happens, then maybe we should sacrifice a llama or something to get rid of the Doug Williams curse once and for all.

  12. Bill Byrne Says:

    A “pure” classy guy and the toughest QB I have seen play in a BUCS uniform. He got crushed every Sunday and always got up for the next play. The Browns got a real leader and they needed one.

    Good Luck Josh!!!

  13. dylan Says:

    gotta find a new trade partner for Glennon…

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    Not sure whether to laugh at or cry for the poor ol browns. “Congratulations” are in order I guess to Cleveland for “winning” the Josh McCown bidding war.

  15. knuckledragger Says:

    I had a nice Gut Laugh at that one IStillBleedOrange!

  16. bucbucbuc Says:

    “…Johnny Football, who made his name at A&M before trashing it in the NFL”

    Wow Joe, I thought you still believed in good ol’ Johnny. Hopefully you’re not saying the same thing two years from now about Jameis….

  17. IStillbleedOrange Says:

    Thanks brother! I hope the best for him as he literally bled for our team. But damn I hope he really doesn’t lead them to a Super Bowl ala Doug Williams, Steve Young, Chris Chandler. That would have me curse the football gods.

  18. DallasBuc Says:

    “Luther Says:
    February 27th, 2015 at 8:27 pm
    What a dumpster fire Cleveland has.”
    Bucs fan calling Cleveland a dumpster fire! That’s funny

  19. knuckledragger Says:

    What the heck are they smoking over at Pewter Report to have us taking a WR in the third, our First OL in the 4th , DE and CB in the 5th, and our only other OL in the 6th and a RB in the 7th
    It has to be either Crack or Ice.
    If this draft actually occurred it would be the perfect illustration of Bucs’ futility.

  20. knuckledragger Says:

    You forgot Dilfer Orange……

  21. Alexstotle00 Says:

    Good Luck McCown, wish you the best, you can hate him but can’t deny that he had heart!

  22. The Buc Realist Says:

    So many knew that he would not work out here. Another year wasted. And it would not have been much better with Tedford here.

  23. Ray Rice Says:

    Jim Browns’ mean a$$$ is going to slap the $hit out of him if he performs like he did with the YUCS!

  24. feelthepewterpower Says:

    “yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah” – Josh McCown

  25. PanthersSuck Says:

    Sometimes it’s better to send a message then get a seventh round pick.

  26. The Buc Realist Says:

    To trade Old man McCown to the Browns, the Bucs would have had to give up a 5th so the Browns would take that high Salary!!!

  27. knuckledragger Says:

    I wish more of you were married with children like me so that you could hang out more on a Friday night. I need some other Bucs fans with chitty nightlifes.

  28. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Way to go Josh. At least he’s finally going to a team that has little to offer him as competition for the starting QB gig. Cut down the turnovers and who knows he might do OK with yet another zip code…good luck Josh

  29. Barry Says:

    A true professional , not once accused of a crime.

  30. The Buc Realist Says:

    Cleveland signs McCown, and Bills fans Cheer!!!

  31. AJ Says:

    It is incredible to see what the state of NFL QB’s is. When this guy can continue to cash big checks by being not even adequate. Not sure what the Browns were thinking. But I got my own worries being a Bucs fan…

  32. Jameisisnotarapist Says:

    Welcome to Tampa Jameis Winston!

  33. lurker Says:

    unlike barry

  34. MadMax Says:

    Lets see how he does behind a much better O line….and probably better play calling too. I dont think he’ll light up anyone, but if he does play much better, that will further validate our horrid O line and the inept play calling last year. Of course this is already known, but like I said, it will get a stronger stamp of approval of just how bad things really were. Picking 1st in the draft is enough for me though. Good luck with your new team McCown.

  35. R.O. Says:

    I like to think outside the box unlike the rest of you Schmeckles…. Who cares!?!?

  36. MadMax Says:

    If I didnt care, I wouldnt comment…. or call people names who do….so you obviously care R.O.

  37. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Cleveland…..well, there is at least one team I don’t envy….things are lookin’ up for the Bucs….our castaway QB gets picked up.

  38. Skyline Crew Says:

    Read that VJax isn’t accepting a pay cut and the team isn’t looking to trade him, yet.

  39. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Speaking for Pablo”

    “Pablo knows the only reason Cleveland likes McCown is that he can play in that $hitty cold-a$$ weather up there…..Pablo also knows that teams are waiting for the Buc cuts…Pablo knows that Buc player that are cut turn out to be better at the new teams. “Pablo thinks McCown $ucked worse than Pablo’s ex-wife on Saturday nights in Juarez””Pablo hopes Johnny-rehab gets a pokin’ from a Tiajuana stage donkey”

  40. knuckledragger Says:

    Hey TBBF…..Did you read PewterRep…’s mock draft???
    If so what did you think?

  41. knuckledragger Says:

    I think Pablo got thrown in jail for stealing Barry’s car.

  42. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    PR got the positions right in 1 & 2 but players wrong…..I don’t see a 3rd WR…..but, their mock is as good as any….

  43. knuckledragger Says:

    No OLs til the 4th and 6th????
    I feel bad for my team if they feel no need to fortify their weakest position. Especially if they draft a QB

  44. MadMax Says:

    Kendricks will go in the 1st. Id rather have McKinney though and he might be there when we pick. And instead of spending a 3rd on WR, Id rather go O line or Safety…..jmho.

  45. knuckledragger Says:

    We have almost Zero need to draft a WR imho. Dumbest thing Ive ever read maybe.

  46. IStillbleedOrange Says:

    Dang it, how did I forget Dilfer? Oh, I guess ’cause he is irrelevant in my mind…or maybe I was hungry at the time. Funny how I remembered Chris Chandler but forgot Trent Dilfer…smh

  47. knuckledragger Says:

    LOL Orange.
    I sat Second row on the 38 behind the Buc’s bench from 76 to 96
    I bleed Orange as well.

  48. knuckledragger Says:

    LOLOL Eat a Snickers Orange…………that was funny

  49. knuckledragger Says:


  50. knuckledragger Says:

    NICE…………It didn’t have to wait Moderation

  51. Another J Says:

    The Brown’s Stadium will now be known as the Doghouse of Drugs,and Depression.

  52. IStillbleedOrange Says:

    You’re Gatrbuc? Much respect Sir! My family is UF Alumni all the way back to my Granddad class of ’38…Dad was class of ’58. I would have been class of ’91, but ran out of $$$ in ’89, ran off to join the Navy. But I spent many a football weekend…Saturday in Gainesville, Sunday in the ‘ol Sombrero. I would hazard to say I had a wonderful football childhood.

  53. SouthFloridianBuc Says:

    Hasta Luego, Bonehead, too bad we couldn’t send Hawk and Least Mode with him

  54. tgreg Says:

    Too funny! This tandem was Joe’s wet dream a year ago (although Joe has conveniently morphed into a Bridgewater fan) Joe knows QBs like Lovie knows the truth! Hahaha

  55. Hawk Says:

    Any truth to the rumor that Licht has petitioned the league to schedule the Browns to play two games against the Bucs next year?

  56. DallasBuc Says:

    “Hawk Says:
    February 28th, 2015 at 2:00 am
    Any truth to the rumor that Licht has petitioned the league to schedule the Browns to play two games against the Bucs next year?”
    I’ve heard the same thing. Nothing better than pulling that turnover slot-machine of a man on Sunday. Hopefully we can play them in the first two games to maximize the turnover ratio. Don’t ruin the vision!

  57. Bigjohn1970 Says:

    This bum wins two games and gets a pay raise and three more years of job security! He’s has no heart, just good luck!

  58. Espo Says:

    @ John

    1 game

  59. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    knuckledragger SAys
    “What the heck are they smoking over at Pewter Report to have us taking a WR in the third, our First OL in the 4th , DE and CB in the 5th, and our only other OL in the 6th and a RB in the 7th”

    PR will release about 15-20 mocks, predictings the draft of every player you can imagine, between now and the draft. That’s their strategy so they can claim they predicted each pick. It’s deceptive, which is one of the reasons I never go there anymore. They tend to regurgirate stuff from othe sites behind their pay wall, changing it slightly, and then claiming theirs is the original article.

  60. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Browns must want the 2016 first round pick.

    I would take Hoyer as a backup plan. Unlike what McCown did with the Bears, Hoyer actually WON games.

    I do like the leadership of Josh in the off season though. Good guy. Can’t see Winston getting the team together like that.

  61. Bill Says:

    McCown didn’t win any games with the Bears? I thought he did.

  62. Bill Says:

    I’m stunned you can praise Josh McCown (1 win) for his leadership, and criticize Winston (27 wins) for his. Incredible! If you don’t think Winston will produce more wins for the Bucs than McCown did, then I feel for you.

  63. The Buc Realist Says:


    3 games. he went 3-2 against 5 bad defenses that year. Lol foolsgold!

  64. Bill Says:


  65. Bill Says:

    McCowns winning % was 60 percent…..what was Hoyers? The Browns were 7-9. Hoyer was 50 percent at best.

  66. Barrys Lawyer Says:

    We live in an age of political correctness.
    If you can get in front of a camera and cry like you mean it that’s priceless.

  67. Bill Says:

    McCowns tears cost him 5M, countered by whatever the Browns gave him.

  68. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    Nice, Joe BUCS Fan will have both his Experienced QBs in the same place,.. and heck,.. they may get Winston within a year or two! 😉

  69. pick6 Says:

    of course the bucs blew a chance to get value for a departing player. it’s what L&L have been best at since taking over. good luck to Josh. my point of view will always be that he definitely earned his $5 million last year by guiding us to the #1 overall pick without blatanly tanking (until week 17), and taking a vicious beating in the process.