Browns release Josh McCown and Tramon Williams

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Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) warms up before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

As the free agency season gets closer, the Browns are preparing their roster for some big changes and it’s already started with the release of veteran Josh McCown and Tramon Williams. Williams played only seven games for the Browns last season and was going to be paid over five million dollars in the 2017 season. His release from the Browns is going to free up more capital for bigger moves throughout the offseason.

In Williams’ 22 games with the Browns, he logged 36 tackles and one interception. Josh McCown only played 13 games (though he only started 11) and will leave his statistical mark on the franchise with the Browns single-game passing record (457 yards) put up against the Ravens back in October of 2015.


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McCown’s impact (aside from having the jawline of a Greek god) occurred mostly off the field, as he served as a veteran presence on and off the field and helped to guide the Browns through the coaching transitions. Hue Jackson has since come out and said that McCown could coach on the Browns staff, but as of now it looks like McCown is going to test the free agency market for his next season.

These changes portend the almost inevitable addition of another Browns quarterback, and there are multiple options in free agency/trade (Garoppolo, an expensive Kirk Cousins, Tyrod Taylor, a potential AJ McCarron) or the draft, where the Browns currently have the first and twelfth pick.

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