ESPN reported early Monday that Bears free agent quarterback Josh McCown has been in discussion with four teams with one of those being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCown confirmed that he has had talks, but didn't want to name the teams that have shown interest.
With not a lot of information coming out of One Buc Place, trying to determine exactly how the Buccaneers feel about quarterback Mike Glennon has been difficult. A few clues could be revealed later this week once free agency opens, but it already appears the Bucs may be targeting a veteran quarterback to, at the very least, compete with Glennon, if not replace him in the starting lineup.
ESPN reported that Bears free agent quarterback Josh McCown had been in discussions with the Buccaneers along with the Jets, Texans and his current team the Bears.
Monday morning on ESPN’s Mike and Mike McCown talked about the interest he has received without getting specific.
“I’m not going to get in to who I talked to,” McCown said. “There is a window and there is legal tampering but there are some shades on that window so I don’t know out of respect to those teams if we want to get into that right now. We’ve talked to four teams. There have been good discussions. We’ll take those as they come and evaluate those situations."
McCown said he isn’t just looking to go somewhere and hold a clipboard.
"To leave Chicago, it will be a situation where I’m looking to compete to start or to start and be able to kind of grow more as a player,” McCown said. “The only way as a player that you can do that is on the field. That will definitely be something that we are looking at. So we’ll see. We’ll see what opportunities come and where we are at tomorrow.”
McCown was 3-2 with the Bears last year after filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, completing 149-of-224 pass attempts for 1,829 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception. McCown’s 109.0 passer rating was the NFL’s third-highest rating among quarterback.
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