BEREA, Ohio-- Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown told reporters on Thursday he is aware the Dallas Cowboys may be interested in acquiring him.
Reports began circulating Wednesday that America's Team is eyeing the veteran QB. McCown, a Texas native who used to wear No. 12 as a nod to Dallas great Roger Staubach, said he's trying not to pay attention to the rumors. But friends and family keep blowing up his phone.
"When this stuff starts happening, the assumption is like there's conversations going on all along, you know. I'm just coming and working. It's business as usual for me," McCown said. "But I think when that buzz starts happening, they feel like you're involved in it and you're not involved in it as a player."
That means days like Thursday at training camp become a lesson in focus for the man vying to be the Browns starting quarterback.
"For me, it's separate. I come to work and I'm worrying about the checks we have today in practice and the 2-minute drill we're going to do."
"It's a great opportunity to practice focus, because you can't fake what's going on right now. This can be a distraction, but you, I think, can harness it and use it for good," McCown said. "You can really zoom in on these things and block the other stuff out."
As for the battle for quarterback with Robert Griffin III, McCown said they are competing the right way by pushing each other for the betterment of the team.
"We're about helping each other play at a high level," McCown said. "If I get into, 'Aw man, did I have a better day than him or did he have a better day than me,' than sometimes it can, you can learn towards rooting against somebody, and that's not what I'm about. I about Robert playing at a high level... Us playing at a high level the best we can to help our team."