The NFL’s Scouting Combine is underway, and with it begins the free agent rumor mill. Teams are all in one place, with the media in attendance as well, so news and rumors begin to leak and show up on news feeds more often in anticipation of the free agency period next month.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have popped up with interest in a free agent, and it’s a report that makes sense given the previous reports that the team is looking to add competition at the quarterback position.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Buccaneers have a strong interest in former Bears’ QB Josh McCown.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 24, 2014
With Mike Glennon providing a rookie who many believe has some upside, adding a proven veteran with some experience and skill makes a lot of sense. McCown was always seen as a reliable backup, but he finally broke out last season in Marc Trestman’s well-orchestrated offense in Chicago.
Prior to last season, McCown had never had much success in the NFL, starting a career high 13 games in 2004 with the Cardinals while posting a 74.1 QB Rating. But in 2013 with the Bears, he filled in for Jay Cutler and threw 13 touchdowns to only 1 interception while posting a solid 8.2 yards per attempt and a 109.0 passer rating.
McCown isn’t a long-term answer at the position, as he’ll turn 35 before the season kicks off. But if the team isn’t sure about Mike Glennon, and don’t want to risk starting another rookie in 2014, McCown would be a decent stop gap.
It would also mean the Buccaneers would be the only team to have once employed both McCown brothers. Josh’s brother Luke played for Tampa Bay in 2007 and 2008.