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NFL Notebook: QB McCown Signs With Browns

Will Josh McCown be the Browns opening day starter?




Quarterback Josh McCown chose the Cleveland Browns over the Buffalo Bills on Friday, reportedly agreeing to a three-year contract.

His agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted news of the agreement: “Excited for Josh McCown agreeing to terms with the Cleveland Browns.” The deal is for three years, according to FOX Sports, and

McCown, a 12-year veteran released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 11, had talked with the Chicago Bears and New York Jets as well, and he reportedly was close to a deal with the Bills on Thursday.

A third-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2002, McCown has played for six teams in 13 seasons. He started 11 games for Tampa Bay in 2014, completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

McCown, 35, appears to be the Browns’ starter for now, with 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel in rehab and 2014 starter Brian Hoyer a pending free agent.


—Unable to come to agreement on a reconfigured contract with Darnell Dockett, the Arizona Cardinals released the veteran defensive tackle on Friday.

The team still wants him back, just not at the $6.8 million he was scheduled to be paid in the final year of a four-year, $35.3 million contract he signed in 2012.

Dockett, 33, missed the 2014 season with a torn ACL suffered in practice Aug. 18.

A third-round pick in 2004, Dockett had played in 158 games over his 10 years with the Cardinals. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007, 2009 and 2010.


— A day after winning his appeal against the NFL, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said the decision by Judge David Doty “brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field.”

On Thursday, Doty granted a petition to vacate the indefinite suspension handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL then appealed the decision and returned Peterson to the commissioner’s exempt list.

“I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty’s decision,” Peterson said in a written statement Friday. “It is a positive step in protecting players’ rights and preserving due process for all players. It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love.”


—The Atlanta Falcons continued to clear unwanted players off new coach Dan Quinn’s roster by releasing wide receiver Harry Douglas and guard Justin Blalock.

The Falcons later waived defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi.

Those moves come a day after the team released veteran running back Steven Jackson, furthering an apparent offensive makeover under new coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

Douglas was due to make $3.5 million in the final year of the four-year, $12.5 million contract he signed with the Falcons in 2012.

Blalock was scheduled to make $4.75 million in the fifth year of a six-year deal worth $38.4 million.


—The Miami Dolphins released veteran wide receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson.

Hartline, drafted by Miami in the fourth round in 2009, signed a five-year, $30.8 million contract in 2013. He was due $5.9 million in 2015. The move saves Miami $3.15 million against the salary cap.

Gibson, 27, was due $3.26 million in 2015 in the final year of a three-year deal worth $9.78 million he signed after leaving the St. Louis Rams in 2013.


— The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of 10-year NFL veteran defensive end Chris Canty.

The move saves the team $2.66 million in salary-cap space. Canty was entering the final year of a three-year, $8 million contract.

Canty, 32, spent two seasons with the Ravens, seeing action in 26 games (24 starts). He recorded 63 tackles, 2.5 sacks, six passes defensed and three forced fumbles while playing in Baltimore.


— A day after signing Ricky Jean Francois, the Washington Redskins dumped two other defensive linemen, Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen.

Cofield, 30, played in just eight games last season due to groin and ankle injuries that landed him on temporary injured reserve.

Cofield, who signed a six-year, $36 million deal with Washington in 2011, had started every game the previous three years. In four seasons with Washington, Cofield tallied 100 tackles, nine sacks and 15 pass deflections.

Bowen, 30, was scheduled to make $5.5 million in the final year of his five-year, $27.5 million deal.

The Redskins also re-signed right tackle Tom Compton, who started nine games in 2014, to a one-year deal.


— The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contracts of defensive end Robert Geathers and wide receiver Greg Little.

Cutting Geathers saves the Bengals $3.05 million against the salary cap in 2015. Little was due to earn $745,000 in base salary in the final year of a two-year, $1.39 million contract.

Geathers is an 11-year veteran who has played in 152 games for Cincinnati, third-most in Bengals history among defensive linemen behind Tim Krumrie (188) and Eddie Edwards (170). He was originally a fourth-round pick in 2004 and has played his entire career with the Bengals.

Little caught six passes for 69 yards while appearing in six games in 2014.


— The Philadelphia Eagles released veteran offensive lineman Todd Herremans.

The move cleared $2.8 million from the salary cap, but the Eagles also must eat $2.4 million in dead money. Herremans, 32, signed a three-year extension worth $21 million in 2012.

A fourth-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2005, Herremans played his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia and appeared in 135 games.

Health will be the main hurdle in Herremans linking up with another team. He attempted to play through a biceps injury last season but wound up on injured reserve on Nov. 5.


— The Minnesota Vikings released veteran offensive guard Charlie Johnson.

Johnson missed just three games in his four seasons with the Vikings. He was due $2.45 million in base salary and had a $2.5 million cap hit for 2015.

Johnson came to Minnesota in 2011 after spending his first five seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.


— The Chicago Bears signed tight end Zach Miller to a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season.

Miller missed the 2014 season with a foot injury. After signing with the Bears last offseason, he caught six passes for 68 yards and two scores in the team’s first preseason game. A Lisfranc injury in his left foot landed Miller on injured reserve Aug. 15.

Miller has played in 33 games during his NFL career, all with Jacksonville (2009-11), recording 45 receptions for 470 yards and four touchdowns.


— The Detroit Lions re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract.

Muhlbach has handled the Lions’ long snapping since he came to Detroit in 2004. He was named to the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season, becoming the first Lions special-teams player other than a punter, kicker or returner to receive the honor.

With 164 games played for the Lions, Muhlbach ranks sixth in franchise history.


— Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, has been invited to the league’s inaugural veteran combine on March 22.

Sam was drafted in the seventh round last May by the St. Louis Rams but failed to make their 53-man roster. He was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and added to their practice squad before being released in October after seven weeks.

Sam, 25, continues to train in Los Angeles at a gym co-owned by former NFL linebacker Brian Urlacher and FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer.

In addition, former first-round quarterback Vince Young will be taking part in the veteran combine, according to NFL Network.

Young, who last took a snap with the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2011 season, took a job last year at the University of Texas.

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