Cleveland Browns: Why Josh McCown is the best QB option for 2018

The Cleveland Browns need to identify a veteran quarterback for the 2018 season, and it turns out former signal caller Josh McCown might be the best option.

Reuniting the Cleveland Browns and Josh McCown isn’t going to sell a lot of season tickets, but it makes a lot of sense for the franchise next season, especially if the organization drafts a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick this spring.

The Browns wanted Alex Smith, but couldn’t get it done. That leaves new GM John Dorsey to sort through the discarded quarterback rubble as he hopefully still has plans to add a veteran presence into Cleveland’s quarterback room.

McCown makes sense over other possible additions such as A.J. McCarron, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Tyrod Taylor because he accepts his role as a mentor.

1. McCarron would be relatively cheap when compared to the contract Kirk Cousins will likely sign, but what message would the Browns be sending if they sign him?

Cleveland isn’t likely to be the only team interested in McCarron should the current Bengals backup be declared a free agent in February, and signing him just confuses the message with a potential franchise quarterback waiting in the wings.

McCarron wants to prove he can start, which is why he was hoping to become a Brown at the trade deadline. His interests are to becoming an NFL quarterback, not bringing the Browns young backups along.

2. The same could be said for the trio of Vikings quarterbacks who could potentially hit the market. Helping develop Sam Darnold might not sound all that great to someone like Bradford, who could probably sign a contract elsewhere without a No. 1 pick looking over his shoulder.

3. Taylor may end up being an option if he departs Buffalo, but that would bring into issue the style of his play with whomever the Browns select.

4. The Dawg Pound would love to see a turnaround next season, but the fact is that hoping for an 8-8 mark is unrealistic, especially with Smith off the board.

5. With McCown on board, the Browns can win a little, like the Jets did this season. New York only won five, but compared to zero victories, it’s at the very least, a step in the right direction.

6. Health will be an issue with McCown, but the Browns still have DeShone Kizer, who showed he has the ability to withstand taking hits throughout an entire season.

7. This would likely point to another waisted season in which Browns fans spend their January watching other cities compete in the NFL playoffs, but getting that future franchise quarterback with the right mentor may make enduring one more season at the Factory of Sadness worth it.