Report: Bucs Have “Strong Interest” in QB Josh McCown

By: Justin Pawlowski - on twitter: @CommishOnline
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File photo of Josh McCown. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

File photo of Josh McCown. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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First, Bucs coach Lovie Smith and GM Jason Licht were reluctant to fully commit to Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback.

Then it was reported that the Bucs met with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel at the combine.

Now it appears the Bucs might have a quarterback target in mind once free agency opens on March 11.

According to Ian Rapoport of, the Buccaneers have strong interest in former Bears QB Josh McCown.

McCown, who has been mostly a journeyman at quarterback during his 11 year career, had his best year in a relief role in 2013. McCown started 5 games in 2013, playing in 8 total games, and ended with 13 touchdowns, 1 interception, and over 1800 yards passing. Buyer beware, as McCown did have his best year under the tutelage and offense of known quarterback guru Marc Trestman.

McCown could be one of many former Chicago Bears to join Lovie Smith in Tampa along with potentially CB Charles Tillman, DT Henry Melton, and DE Julius Peppers (if released).

McCown would be unlikely to dethrone Mike Glennon as the Buccaneers starting quarterback, but could provide a nice veteran presence for Glennon and any quarterback the Bucs might select in May’s draft.

Rapoport also points out that recent reports of Michael Vick ending up in Tampa might be farfetched.

Expect Vick to potentially end up with the New York Jets, where he would be reunited with former offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

Follow Justin Pawlowski on twitter @Commishonline for updates on the NFL Draft and the Buccaneers.

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