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Josh McCown | Quarterback

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 213
College: Sam Houston State
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The Bucs' website confirms Josh McCown is "expected to start at quarterback this season."
Bucs brass has called McCown-Mike Glennon a training camp battle at times since the draft, but it's pretty clear McCown is viewed as the 2014 starter. The Bucs also specifically drafted to suit McCown's skill set, arming him with plus-sized receiver Mike Evans, and jumbo tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in an attempt to mimic the Bears' 2014 offense. Glennon will be Tampa Bay's clear backup. McCown will be worth a late look in two-quarterback leagues. Jun 9 - 5:43 PM

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Live Friday that Josh McCown remains the heavy favorite to start at quarterback in Tampa.

The Bucs have gone to great lengths to perform damage control after failing to trade Mike Glennon during the draft. McCown is going to be the starter. "Josh McCown, no matter what Lovie (Smith) says, was brought in to start," Mortensen said. We've been impressed with the Bucs' offseason, but their quarterback tactics are easy to see through. Glennon will open the year as McCown's backup.
May 23 - 4:42 PM

Josh McCown said he has a "comfort zone" when throwing to big receivers.

McCown rejuvenated his career at age 34 throwing to 6-foot-4 Brandon Marshall, 6-foot-3 Alshon Jeffery and 6-foot-6 Martellus Bennett. He won't have Marc Trestman in Tampa, but the Bucs are replicating that Bears style with a pair of 6-foot-5 wideouts in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, as well as a 6-foot-6 tight end in Austin Seferian-Jenkins. "Josh has been in that situation and to say that he has been in our ear quite a bit is an understatement," coach Lovie Smith said. "And having seen that work, that was attractive to us." McCown, already named Tampa Bay's Week 1 starter, will be on the mid-range QB2 radar.
May 14 - 11:48 AM

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

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