Connor Shaw was released by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, and South Carolina’s all-time winningest quarterback doesn’t know what’s next for him.
Except for 18 holes on Friday.
“We’ll just kind of see how this all plays out,” said Shaw, who now makes his home in Greenville. “As of right now, I’m going to enjoy Greenville and probably go play golf tomorrow.”
Shaw spent two years with the Browns after a decorated career in Columbia, where he won 27 games and presided over the most successful three-year run in school history. He was informed by Cleveland officials that he had been waived on Thursday afternoon and announced the news on Twitter immediately thereafter.
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“I get it,” he said. “I kind of saw this coming. It’s a full quarterback room with five quarterbacks there. I’m glad they did it now rather than in training camp so I have a chance to land on another team before camp hits.”
The Browns still have quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Austin Davis, Cody Kessler and Josh McCown on their roster. Shaw was signed by Cleveland as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and started the team’s final game of that season, going 14-of-28 for 177 yards and one interception against Baltimore. He missed the 2015 season due to a thumb injury.
Shaw was a big hit with coaches and teammates in Cleveland in his first year and was so popular with teammates that several listed him when asked by Browns.com to name the teammate who most exemplified the team’s “Be a Brown” mantra.
If Shaw clears the waiver wire, he will again be a free agent. He and his representatives have received some interest from other teams but Shaw declined to name them.
“I’ll continue conditioning and continue to rely on God’s plan,” said Shaw, who is expecting his second child in November. “If football doesn’t work out, there are plenty of other opportunities for me and my family.”