Cleveland Browns Release McCown And Williams
The Cleveland Browns announced on Tuesday that they have terminated the contracts of quarterback Josh McCown and defensive back Tramon Williams. Experts said that the Browns now have over $100 million dollars in cap space and they will use it to attract players in free agency.
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The moves leave the Cleveland Browns with about $105 million in salary-cap room for their 2017 roster, as reported in ESPN Sports News. The team carried over $50 million in cap room from 2016 to 2017.
That amount of space raises the possibility of adding a quarterback such as Tyrod Taylor and Colin Kaepernick via free agency, or Jimmy Garoppolo via trade. It would also make it easier for the Browns to use the franchise tag on receiver Terrelle Pryor as he is expected to be in the $15 million range.
The Browns also have to make a decision on whether they will keep Robert Griffin III. RGIII spent the past season in Cleveland but missed 10 games due to a broken coracoid in his left collarbone.
Josh McCown signed a three-year contract to join the Browns in 2015 and he was due to get paid $3.625 million with a $750,000 roster bonus for 2017. McCown struggled last season, completing 54.5 percent of his passes and threw six interceptions to go with 6 touchdowns in 5 games. McCown also fractured his collarbone in September, but returned later in the season.
According to the NFL, McCown completed 276 of 457 passes for 3,209 yards and an 18-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio. McCown's main problem was staying healthy. Coach Hue Jackson had often said that he liked and respected McCown, but in the last two seasons, McCown had a concussion, broken ribs, and two broken collarbones.
Tramon Williams on the other hand, signed with the Browns in 2015 and started 22 of the 27 games for the team in the past two seasons. In 2016, Williams started five games at cornerback and two at safety. He was due to make $5.7 million with a $1.3 million roster bonus in 2017.
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