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BROWNS WILL COUNT ON MCMAHON TO TEACH NEW DOGS HIS OLD TRICKS

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Jim McMahon, who has the highest winning percentage among active NFL quarterbacks, is expected to bring experience and leadership to the Cleveland Browns.

"We're convinced that Jim can make a significant contribution to the team this year," Browns owner Art Modell said. "I think he can help us and also help the younger players on the team, such as Eric Zeier. We'll have to see what kind of physical condition he's in, but we're excited about this move."The Browns said Monday that McMahon agreed to terms and passed the team physical. He was expected to sign a contract with the team today.

Reports in the Akron Beacon Journal and The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer said that McMahon, who will be 36 on Aug. 21, was expected to get a one-year deal slightly more than the minimum salary of $178,000, with incentives that could earn him up to $2 million.

The Browns would not disclose terms of the agreement Monday.

McMahon, who hasn't played a down since Arizona's 32-0 loss in Cleveland last Sept. 18, has a record of 66-30 (.691). In his last game, McMahon completed 19 of 38 passes for 169 yards and was intercepted twice before leaving with a leg injury. He missed two weeks and was benched thereafter.

"Above everything else about him, he's a winner," coach Bill Belichick said. "He's proven that for years. He will make our team better."

McMahon said Monday that he was "healthy and ready to go."

"I needed to go to a team with a legitimate shot at going to the Super Bowl, and I think the Browns can do that," he said. "I think I can help the Browns win, and I want to get started."

McMahon is to be the No. 2 man until Zeier is ready to step in.

Meanwhile, four-year backup Brad Goebel, who was competing for the No. 2 job with Zeier, is confused and disappointed about his uncertain status, according to his agent, Ben Geller.

"I don't see how they can carry four guys," Geller said. "They might try to trade him. I'm not sure they want to give him the full opportunity to perform that he was promised this season.

"He was told he'd be their No. 2 man this year, and his performance has done nothing to warrant this change."