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Incoming: Buccaneers Set to Visit with Josh McCown, Walter Thurmond III, Introduce Michael Johnson

The Buccaneers aren’t done with their free agent shopping spree, as reports have already lined the Tampa Bay team to multiple free agents who are coming to Tampa to meet with team officials.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Buccaneers will meet with veteran quarterback Josh McCown first, before he meets with any other team. This is encouraging news for the Bucs, who will almost certainly offer McCown a chance to start should he defeat Mike Glennon in offseason competitions.

McCown has never been a great player, but in the system Jeff Tedford hopes to run, the ideal quarterback is one who understands the offense and distributes the ball quickly. McCown is more than capable of that, and has the experience and ability to trump Glennon in a competition, should the NC State product not improve.

The Bucs will also meet with former Seahawks corner Walter Thurmond III, according to Jason La Canfora. He’ll stop in Jacksonville first, but then head to Tampa to meet with the Bucs. If Gus Bradley (a former Seattle assistant) doesn’t win Thurmond over, Lovie Smith will get a chance to pitch the former nickel corner on the chance to help fill the void left by Darrelle Revis.

And finally, the Buccaneers will meet with Michael Johnson and put him through a physical once he arrives in Tampa ahead of what should be an easy process of signing paperwork and introducing the former Bengal as the team’s free agent centerpiece this offseason.

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  • 65yt

    From a fans standpoint everything the Bucs are doing seems good. Except cutting Revis. Ive talked with Many fans the last few days and they are disturbed. Do you think Denver Fans would like to see Manning traded because he “makes too much money”?
    Unfortunatly Revis is all we have to feel good about our team. Sorry Martin and Jackson. Offense hasnt really done anything.

    • Tom Weissmann

      That’s comparing apples to oranges. Revis isn’t a QB. If he was and was good, then he would still be in Tampa. A guy who covers a receiver while there are still ten other guys to account for on offense shouldn’t be making that kind of money. Plus, one guy on defense doesn’t make or break a game. If he’s covering one receiver, the QB can just as easily throw away from him. No player on defense outside of the defensive line, maybe linebackers, should make that kind of money. Revis’ salary has brought in two defensive starters so it’s money that has been well spent.

      • 65yt

        I hear what you are saying and agree. But Revis did have that side of the field shut down while not even being 100%. With another shut down corner and the hard charging LBs the bucs have, those other players that can get the ball would be fewer. My point wasnt that he should make the money. My point is that he was an Icon the Fans were comfortable having and felt good about. To Owners that means ticket and merchandice sales. Besides the bucs Made that deal w him for that money, why wasnt it too much last season? And the Patriots paid him only 4M less. Whats 4M when trying to fill a stadium?

        • Tom Weissmann

          I wouldn’t say shutting down as he got burned by Ginn and Desean Jackson pretty badly and he wouldn’t be playing with Verner or Johnson or having McCown as a QB because he’s taking up their salaries. Yes he was as icon but there’s a better way to sell tickets and merchandise: winning. He wasn’t helping Tampa anymore than Talib was. They made the deal last year because they assumed they were on the verge of making the playoffs and a 4-12 season happened instead. Had they made the playoffs, Dominik and Schiano would still be in control *shudder* and Revis would still be on the team. He wasn’t taking a pay cut from Tampa. No one wanted to trade for him when they knew he would be released and be cheaper as well. Trust me, on Monday, I was all against the Revis trade-release but after all the moves to improve the team all the way across the board and the personnel actually FITTING the schemes, it’s hard to imagine that we ever had him. Piece of advice: move on. He’s not coming back and it’s not worth fretting over. The team will be a lot better off without him and we’ll do a lot better as well.