NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday's edition of NFL Total Access that the Broncos are among the teams interested in the Browns quarterback if they can't pull off a Colin Kaepernick trade. The Jets also remain interested after pursuing McCown last offseason.
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If the 49ers end up parting with Kaepernick, McCown's former position coach, Kevin O'Connell, would like to work with the 36-year-old quarterback in San Francisco, Rapoport reported.
McCown isn't the only veteran quarterback on the market. The Texans and Brian Hoyer appear "headed for a divorce," Rapoport said, following Houston's acquisition of Brock Osweiler. Both sides are on board with a fresh start.
Even with a fearless playing style bordering on recklessness, McCown's recent game film suggests he would be an upgrade on the mistake-prone Sanchez. In 16 games and 13 starts with the Bears (2013) and Browns (2015), McCown posted the following numbers: 3,938 yards, 64.9 completion rate, 7.6 yards per attempt, 25:5 TD-to-INT ratio and 100.1 passer rating.
Unless Elway is willing to meet the demands of Kaepernick and 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, McCown might just be his best option for the 2016 season.