Does Tampa Have What Josh McCown Wants?March 2nd, 2014
The man who could be the winningest and highest paid quarterback on the Buccaneers in a matter of days, Bears veteran Josh McCown, talked to the Chicago Tribune about what he seeks in his football future.
Reading the feature, Joe couldn’t help but think McCown is a fantastic fit for Tampa Bay. The guy is eager to mentor but hungry to compete, and capable of playing standout ball for a stretch, as he evidenced last season. That’s the combination Lovie Smith and Jason Licht say they want.
Yes, McCown is a backup quarterback. No question. Do the Bucs need a backup? No. They have a less expensive good one in Mike Glennon. But McCown is a better backup than Glennon and has far more to offer any rookie quarterback the Bucs might (hopefully) draft.
Family-man McCown also talked about a scoring a final payday so he can do good things in the world as well as help his family. Here’s an excerpt:
But even with a pay hike, McCown also wants a chance to showcase his experience and leadership and insists that won’t require a starting role.
He’s looking for a team he feels good about in a city where his wife and four kids can feel at home.
He wants an opportunity to continue growing while helping teammates do the same.
In totality, the upcoming free agency move that McCown, 34, hopes can take him to the end of his NFL career will be based on football and finances, family and fulfillment.
“It’s finding that good mix between all of those things,” McCown says, lounging in a gray-and-white patterned armchair in the cozy living room of his new home near Charlotte, N.C. “That’s where I have to be careful with this, with making sure to ask ‘What am I after?’ If I go in with a push that this next opportunity can get me this or get me that, I might wind up in a situation where in the short term it feels good, but in the end it won’t be as gratifying.”
There’s more to the story, which you can access via the link above. As Joe learns about the deeply religious McCown, the more Joe believes McCown will fit in just fine in Tampa, playing for his old head coach who espouses the same values.
Given the Bucs have a new regime, McCown would be almost assured of securing a two- or three-year contract, which would have be enticing. The Tribune noted backup QB deals signed last offseason — Matt Cassel (two years, $7.4 million), Matt Hasselbeck (two years, $7.25 million) and Jason Campbell (two years, $3.75 million).
Regardless, the Bucs need to cover themselves in free agency at quarterback. They can’t go into the draft with nobody locked up to at least compete with the leader of the worst-ranked offense in the NFL last season.