The Browns cleared some cap space today by releasing veteran quarterback Josh McCown and defensive back Tramon Williams. Mike Garafolo was the first to report the McCown news while Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com added that Williams would be cut as well.
McCown, 37, is hoping that he can find a place to play instead of retiring this offseason. If McCown does sign somewhere it will be for his 8th different team. His agent released a statement following his release.
“We appreciate the Browns making this move now so Josh has a chance to catch on with another team,’‘ agent Mike McCartney told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “Josh plans to continue his playing career.”
McCown did throw for 12 touchdowns and 4 picks in 2014 so there might still be some tread on the tires.
Tramon Williams was heading into the final year of a 3 year, $21 million deal that was signed in 2015. After 8 really great years in Green Bay, Williams was never really a factor for the Browns. He recorded just 36 tackles, five passes defended, and one interception in 2016.
Both of these moves are expected to clear about $11 million in cap space. Cleveland will now have over $100 million to spend in free agency.