CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have released quarterback Josh McCown, the team announced on Tuesday.
McCown appeared in 13 games with 11 starts after signing with the Browns back in 2015. He set a Browns single-game record with 457 passing yards at Baltimore on Oct. 11, 2015, a news release stated. In 2016, he started three of his five games and completed 90 of 165 passes for 1,000 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions, the team said.
The Browns have also terminated the contract of defensive back Tramon Williams, who opened 22 of 27 games after signing with Cleveland as an unrestricted agent in 2015. Last season, Williams recorded 36 tackles, five passes defensed and one interception, the team reported.
According to FOX 8 Sports, McCown would have been paid a $750,000 roster bonus on March 11; he was set to earn $5,700,000 in 2017. The Browns would have owed Williams a $1,225,000 roster bonus; he was scheduled to make $5,700,000 this year.
McCown and Williams were the two oldest players on the Browns rosters, and both were among the Browns’ top-six highest salary cap numbers.
Today’s move makes left tackle and 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas the oldest player on the Browns roster, at age 32.
We've released QB Josh McCown and DB Tramon Williams
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) February 7, 2017
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