The Cleveland Browns' recent signing of Robert Griffin III drew a lot of attention, but the guy who battled Johnny Manziel for playing time at quarterback last season is preparing for another fight -- as long as he's around.
Josh McCown told PFT Live on Thursday that he's not conceding the starting job to Griffin and he's not worrying about rumors that he'll be traded or released.
"Right now, it's come in and compete and show up, so that's what I'll do. If that changes, that changes, and I'll go to that next place and compete there as well. . . . I'll go with that mindset, and if they see differently and I am traded or moved along, I'll appreciate my time there and then go embrace the next opportunity.
"You want to compete and you want to have a shot to play, and so if a guy comes in and he's perceived to be the starter, as a competitor, you don't like that. But at the same time, understand that when you go through a coaching change and a restructuring of the organization, they're going to do whatever they can to help this football team be better. And so as a Cleveland Brown, I'm all for that and I'm behind that 100 percent, so we welcome Robert into the quarterback room as a part of our team, and I'll do everything I can to help Robert."
McCown, 36, signed a three-year, $14 million deal with the Browns last season, but he went 1-7 as a starter a year after going 1-10 as a starter for the Buccaneers. The definition of a journeyman quarterback, McCown has gone 18-39 as a starter in 13 seasons with seven different teams. He'll almost certainly be traded or released if the Browns draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick, but for now there's no reason for him to think he doesn't at least have a chance to get some playing time with Griffin as his only competition.
Griffin went 14-21 as a starter in his first three seasons with the Redskins before not playing a single down in 2015 and then being released. As always with the Browns, the quarterback situation is likely to remain fluid.
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