Bucs Offering Starting Lure To McCown?February 25th, 2014
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport is often gifted the inside track on many breaking stories, and yesterday he pounced on buzz out of the unimpressive free-agent market for quarterbacks.
Rapoport Twittered the Bucs, Bears and Jets are hot in the pants for 35-year-old journeyman Josh McCown.
Now McCown is seen as a potential savior by some Bucs fans. Why? Because he
became popular in the fantasy football community posted career numbers last season, with 13 touchdown passes against one interception in just five starts for injured Jay Cutler in Chicago. The Bears were 3-2 in that stretch.
That was McCown’s most significant action since Al Davis and Lane Kiffin handed him the ball for nine starts with the Raiders in 2007, keeping the seat warm for then-rookie Jamarcus Russell.
McCown played for two seasons under Lovie Smith in Chicago, and likely is a marginally better, smarter player than Mike Glennon. Much like Glennon, McCown was a tall, skinny third-round pick with limited mobility.
Joe wonders what the sales pitch would be to McCown when the free agency bell rings in two short weeks. Will they try to lure him by telling him he can win the starting job? Will the Bucs outbid their competition?
Dangling an honest shot at a starting job is likely the Bucs’ best shot at McCown. Otherwise, why would he leave a situation in Chicago where he’s clearly respected and comfortable in the offense?
There’s always a chance the Bucs are angling for a two-year contract, one that would ensure they have a savvy, experienced backup in place to mentor a rookie first-round pick. Joe sure hopes that’s the mentality at One Buc Palace.