Josh McCown’s Looming Pay Cut

December 18th, 2014

McCownlaughWhat’s Josh McCown worth to the Buccaneers?

Oh, stop. Be nice.

McCown is slated to earn $5.25 million next season, per, roughly nine times the salary of Mike Glennon.

That screams, ‘Take a paycut or get out.’ Remember, general manager Jason Licht repeatedly has used the term “value” when he talks about acquiring and retaining players.

Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King, one of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, says McCown has a pay cut looming.

“I think there’s some trade equity in Mike Glennon. I think you could definitely get a late-round pick for him. And I think that’s what the Bucs will attempt to do,” King said on WDAE-AM 620 recently. “You know, I think they’ll ask Josh to take a pay reduction and he’ll take it. And he’ll be the backup next year. That’s how I think it will pan out.”

King makes sense. It seems wacky to think the Bucs would pay McCown all that money next season. No other team would.

Joe has no clue what the Bucs really have planned for Glennon, who has two more seasons left on his inexpensive rookie contract. Joe suspects the Bucs will wait and see if McCown mulls retirement when they ask him reduce his salary.

27 Responses to “Josh McCown’s Looming Pay Cut”

  1. RayRay1 Says:

    Even if the Bucs pick one of the top two QB’s McCown will be the starter for 1/2 the season. Can’t see Lovie starting a rookie at QB out of gate.

  2. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Before our Thursday night beatdown by the Falcons, Cowher said he thought McCown was not a starting QB, but a backup. How can someone be in charge of running a football team, actually trot this guy out there as a starter? Unfathomable. Hopefully his suckitude lands us the #1 overall pick.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Shaun King, one of two Buc Quarterbacks that lost a NFC Championship Game when his defense gave up 11 or fewer points.”

    I believe King is right about McCown being the backup & taking a paycut…..but I think we can get more than a late round pick for Glennon. I think we can get a 3rd or 4th at the least from the right team.

  4. flmike Says:

    Going rate for a decent veteran BU is 3mil, which puts McClown in the 1.5 to 1.75 range….

  5. Patrick in VA Says:

    @TBBF – I think you’re right. Not because Glennon has lit up the NFL but because there is such a premium put on the position. If Payton still thinks highly of Glennon and believes, as I do, that he hasn’t gotten any quality professional coaching then he be a Saint next year. Brees might have a year or two left before he hangs them up and that should be enough time to get Glennon up to speed.

  6. Robert 9 Says:

    pay cut????

    how about a pink slip?

    it’s like a new guy (our new QB) getting trained by a complete loser. His words will be empty.

    he has no value in the game and has no value in grooming a QB.

    YOU’RE FIRED is the only option.

  7. Robert 9 Says:

    Glennon to the Saints will haunt us for the next 10 years, but I hope they do it and wish him the best.

  8. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Agree with TBBF and Patrick. Isn’t the other McCown, Luke the backup in N.O. or has he already left?

    Glennon is better than either McCown. I also agree he hasn’t done anything to damage his trade value. What has he done this year? Well he did beat a playoff perhaps division winning Pittsburgh Steeler team on the road in pretty dramatic fashion with one of the three crappiest teams in football!!!!

    @Joe….if you want to have some fun I’d like to see a poll on who we feel is the worst team in football?

    My picks are as follows Worst-Jacksonville Next Oakland…then our beloved Suckaneers.

  9. Tom Edrington Says:

    Luke McCown real value? What is today’s minimum wage in the U.S.?

  10. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Additional thought…for McCown to pick up that kind of paycheck he’d have to collect it with a gun and a mask.

    It’s salaries like that for players like McCown that really hack off the fans.

    MLB is the worst. .200 hitters like Sean Rodriguez make 1.5 MILLION.
    If Sean Rodriguez is worth 1.5 MILLION I’d have to seriously consider baseball if I was Jameis Winston. Long career and a guarantee of getting ridiculously overpaid. An at the top that ridiculous pay translates to 29 freaking million a year for a washed up 39 year old ‘roided out Arod.

  11. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    King is always wrong, so there you go.

    Joe, that $5.25m for Josh is full of incentives. In the end, he wouldn’t get near that, just as he won’t this year. It doesn’t matter though, because when this season is over, he’ll be retiring. You think he wants to live through another year like this? He was already close to retiring once…last year.

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Robert 9 Says
    “Glennon to the Saints will haunt us for the next 10 years, but I hope they do it and wish him the best.”

    Oh, please, lol. Glennon to the Saints would be a blessing for the Bucs.

    But I personally think he should go outside the division anyway. Washington maybe. Include him in a package deal for the draft.

  13. Zam Says:

    I don’t know how you can have a quarterback take a pay cut for underperforming his salary and still expect him to be a team leader. They almost have to cut him for that reason.

    That makes sense then that they keep playing McCown. Glennon is your QB of the future, as in “backup QB”.

  14. DWE Says:

    Cut McCown and keep Glennon as the potential backup and pick up another free agent QB in addition to drafting Mariota and let them all compete

  15. Cannon Fire Says:

    Glennon will be traded this offseason and McCown will be there to mentor Marcus Mariotta. BTW, the Saints are NOT going from a running QB sensation to Mike Glennon, the fans would revolt. Now the Patriots may be a different story, have we traded with them before?

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This is a weak draft for QBs…..Glennon will fetch a pretty good draft pick….Many teams would want an experienced, cheap, young backup. (why shouldn’t we?)

  17. bucrightoff Says:

    McCown is not taking a pay cut, nor should he. If anything he and Glennon deserve raises for having to play behind that line.

  18. The Buc Realist Says:

    If Licht had any power at all, he would give Lovie a paycut as well.

  19. Bogiedr Says:

    Jay Cutler baby!!!!

  20. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m still going to believe Glennon is the QB of the Bucs future. If the Bucs don’t take one of the top QB’s in the draft, then MG is the man. I’m not convinced either QB will be taken.

  21. OB Says:

    I think most of the teams we play would pay McCown’s salary next year if he is the starter, they may even give him a raise.

  22. 1bucfan88 Says:

    What’s he worth? About tree fiddy.

  23. tickrdr Says:

    OB Says:
    December 18th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I think most of the teams we play would pay McCown’s salary next year if he is the starter, they may even give him a raise.

    Outstanding, OB! LMAO


  24. Teacherman777 Says:

    Cut Mcown.

    Keep glennon on the cheap for two more years.

    Rebuild our o-line and d-line.

    Save the cash like Seattle is doing.

  25. pick6 Says:

    he’s welcome back for veteran minimum. i would say he hasn’t earned his money this year, but you couldn’t pay me $5 million to take the abuse he’s taken behind that awful OL this year. i suppose you could, but my next of kin would be spending it.

  26. Cannon Fire Says:

    I personally would build the lines and keep Glennon, but I am OK with Mariotta as well, then we don’t have to worry about the O-line at all (mostly joking). Just run Marcus!

  27. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Know you were joking but it got me to thinking. Getting Marcus without an adequate OL would be a disaster. It would create and RGIII run first pass second mindset in Mariota and could ruin his development.

    Again nobody wants a run first pass second QB. But we would like a QB who CAN run if nothing is open, a talent MG8 simply does not possess and anarea where both Marcus and Jameis excel!!!

    After reading this board for the past year I think I’m ready to throw in with Joe and the rest of the QB first and pick up OL later in the draft.

    Is my thinking skewed? Yes everybody has been talking about the rare opportunity to get that “franchise QB” with the top pick and I get that.

    Doesn’t the top spot also mean ALL of our selections will be much better.
    How much difference is there between the first pick in the 2nd round and the last few picks in the First? Carry that all the way through all the rounds and we have a right to expect a great draft this year.