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Josh McCown | Quarterback

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 213
College: Sam Houston State
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Bucs GM Jason Licht insists the team will have a quarterback competition.
"Somebody has to take the first rep," Licht said. "It’s going to be Josh McCown. But the keys haven’t been completely handed over to him." Coach Lovie Smith declared McCown the starter shortly after his signing, but Licht is trying to keep the door open for second-year pro Mike Glennon. It's understandable, but all signs point toward McCown leading a veteran-laden squad that's looking to compete in 2014. Mar 25 - 9:17 PM

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Asked if Josh McCown would be his quarterback for the 2014 season, Bucs coach Lovie Smith replied "yes, he is."

There isn't going to be any competition with second-year pro Mike Glennon. Turning the keys over to a 34-year-old journeyman who's made seven starts since 2007 isn't exactly an orthodox move, but the Bucs are going all in on 2014. Smith has never had much patience for young players, and Glennon cratered down the stretch as a rookie after getting off to a promising start. There's still a high-percentage chance Glennon makes starts this season, however.
Mar 12 - 5:08 PM

Bucs agreed to terms with QB Josh McCown, formerly of the Bears, on a two-year, $10 million deal.

McCown is leaving quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman behind for a chance to compete for a starting job. New Bucs coach Lovie Smith has never been one for young players, and will likely give McCown every opportunity to unseat Mike Glennon. McCown's play as a 34-year-old journeyman was one of the best stories of the 2013 season, but a feat he's going to have major trouble repeating without Trestman's guiding hand. New Bucs OC Jeff Tedford is a quarterback guru in his own right, but has never coached at the NFL level. McCown is worth rooting for, but there's major bust potential here.
Mar 12 - 2:16 PM

Free agent Josh McCown will visit the Bucs, Texans and Jets.

McCown will visit the Bucs first. All three clubs are quarterback-needy, but the Bucs and Bears are believed to be the favorites for McCown's services. Quite often in free agency, players never leave their first visit.
Mar 11 - 4:05 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Raiders are interested in free agent Josh McCown, but that "many believe" it's down to the Bears and Bucs for his services.

The Raiders have the most compelling need, but would likely have to significantly outbid the Bears to lure McCown away from coach Marc Trestman. There would be a delicious irony in a resurgent McCown departing Chicago for Tampa and Lovie Smith, who oversaw years of offensive futility in the Windy City. McCown should have a new deal within the next 24 hours.
Mar 11 - 1:30 PM

Free agent QB Josh McCown said four teams have expressed real interest so far.

The four teams are believed to be the Jets, Bucs, Texans and Bears. McCown said that if he does leave Chicago, it will be to pursue a starting opportunity. The 34-year-old threw 13 touchdowns against one interception last season, going 3-2 as a starter thanks to the schemes and tutelage of Marc Trestman. McCown is a strong candidate to get overpaid this week and flee Chicago.
Mar 10 - 9:29 AM's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs are "in the market" for a backup quarterback, and will be "looking at" free agents Josh McCown and Shaun Hill.

New Bucs GM Jason Licht recently said he's "absolutely" looking for a veteran to compete with Mike Glennon, and in theory, McCown is the best he could do on the open market. That ignores the fact that the 34-year-old journeyman may well be little more than a product of Marc Trestman's masterful coaching. ESPN's Adam Schefter doesn't expect McCown to re-sign with the Bears.
Mar 6 - 8:20 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter doesn't expect free agent Josh McCown to re-sign with the Bears.

McCown generated significant buzz among teams at the NFL Combine. "I don't expect him to be back in Chicago, because the interest will be that great in his services," stated Schefter. Schefter "doesn't think" McCown will sign with the Jets, whose interest in Michael Vick appears stronger. Angling for his final NFL contract, 34-year-old McCown now seems poised to go to the highest bidder.
Mar 2 - 3:12 PM

Free agent Josh McCown said he has to be "willing to go somewhere else, if that's how it breaks."

McCown wants to re-sign with the Bears but acknowledges he has an opportunity to earn more money and play elsewhere. "This is probably going to be the last time I stand in free agency with this kind of leverage," McCown, 34, said. "So there's an understanding of an opportunity here to gain some more resources both to take care of our family and to do more good with." The Bucs, Jets, Raiders and Texans are just a number of teams that could show interest.
Mar 2 - 12:05 PM

The Chicago Tribune believes free agent Josh McCown's "overwhelming desire" is to re-sign with the Bears.

According to the Tribune, McCown wants a "multi-year deal that will give him and his family some stability." The feeling is reportedly mutual, though it's unclear if the Bears are open to a multi-year deal. McCown is expected to draw interest from multiple teams if he reaches the open market, but is wisely reluctant to leave a dream situation in Chicago. A 35-year-old (in July) journeyman, it's far from a guarantee McCown would remain successful away from the guiding hand of Marc Trestman.
Feb 27 - 8:50 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears have "strong interest" in re-signing free agent Josh McCown, and that the Jets and Bucs are also interested.

Rapsheet lumps the Bucs in with the Bears' "strong interest." Chicago's interest should go without saying after McCown flourished in Marc Trestman's system as Jay Cutler's backup last season, but the Bucs and Jets should be careful not to overpay. McCown is a 35-year-old (in July) journeyman who was managed and manipulated to success by an offensive guru. New York and Tampa Bay likely don't have the coaching-staff horses to keep McCown's resurgence going.
Feb 24 - 1:25 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets are "eyeing" free agent Josh McCown.

Per beat writer Manish Mehta, the Jets want McCown "to provide a viable alternative in case Geno Smith regresses." McCown, 35 in July, would be a veteran stopgap fit in OC Marty Mornhinweg's quick-hitting West Coast offense. He should have several suitors but may be content returning to Chicago as Jay Cutler's caddy.
Feb 23 - 9:24 AM

CSN Bay Area considers the Raiders a possible landing spot for free agent Josh McCown.

McCown is the type of pocket passer OC Greg Olson is looking for and could be brought in as a veteran stopgap. He resurrected his career under coach Marc Trestman last year, posting 1,829 yards and a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio over eight games (five starts). McCown has expressed interest in re-signing with the Bears, but would likely have to accept a hometown discount. Oakland has also been linked to free agent Josh Freeman, as well as Mark Sanchez and Matt Schaub.
Feb 14 - 7:09 PM

After speaking to coach Marc Trestman, ESPN's Chris Mortensen confirmed on Sunday Countdown that the Bears "would love to have" free agent Josh McCown back.

McCown has mutually expressed his interest in re-signing with Chicago. Despite turning 35 before next season, McCown ostensibly has no intent to try parlaying his productive 2013 campaign into a 2014 starting job. The Bears should be able to retain McCown affordably, as he sounds amenable to a hometown discount. We could envision a three-year, $10 million commitment.
Feb 2 - 1:02 PM

Speaking in a Tuesday radio interview, free agent Josh McCown expressed his desire to stay with the Bears in 2014, saying his "heart is in Chicago."

McCown is Rotoworld's No. 2 free-agent quarterback, and it is not unthinkable that a quarterback-needy team gives him a shot to win a starting job in training camp. At 34, this could be his last chance at a payday. McCown was adamant he would only leave Chicago for the correct situation, though, and praised head coach Marc Trestman's "offensive structure." McCown filled in nicely for an injured Jay Cutler in 2013. He put up 1,829 yards in five starts and three relief appearances while posting an impressive 13:1 touchdown to interception ratio.
Jan 28 - 8:30 PM

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QB1Josh McCown
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RB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3Bobby Rainey
4Michael Smith
5Jeff Demps
GLB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
3RB1Doug Martin
2Mike James
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
2Lonnie Pryor
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Chris Owusu
3Lavelle Hawkins
4Skye Dawson
WR21Louis Murphy
2Eric Page
3Russell Shepard
4Tommy Streeter
WR31Chris Owusu
TE1Brandon Myers
2Tim Wright
3Tom Crabtree
4Luke Stocker
5Steve Maneri
K1Connor Barth
2Patrick Murray