Josh McCown won’t figure into the Browns’ quarterback plans in 2017.
Cleveland released the veteran journeyman Tuesday after two seasons, the team announced.
The move comes as no surprise as McCown, 37, was set to earn $3.625 million with a $750,000 roster bonus in 2017. With the Browns, owners of the Nos. 1 and 12 overall picks in April’s NFL Draft, searching near and far for their 27th starting quarterback since 1999, McCown no longer fit the equation.
That’s not to say his tenure is Cleveland was a total loss, though.
“Well, you know what’s interesting, this is our, I’m happy to say, fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years,” Kraft said. “And every time we’ve had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don’t go. This is the first time it’s gotten any media attention.
“You know, some of the players have the privilege of going in college because they’re on national championship teams, others have family commitments. But this is America. We’re all free to do whatever’s best for us. We’re just privileged to be in a position to be going.”
Contrary to Kraft’s belief, however, this isn’t the first time skipping the traditional White House visit has drawn attention. The media highlighted Tom Brady’s refusal to go after the Cheap Jerseys Shop Patriots beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX when Barack Obama was in office.
As for Trump’s White House, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, LaGarrette Blount and Dont’a Hightower thus far have said they’re not interested in making the customary White House trip.