Josh McCown | QB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Posted: 2/28/2015 9:41pm et
Updating previous reports, Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has $6.25 million in guarantees in his three-year deal, and he'll make $5.25 million in 2015. The value of his deal is $14 million with the chance to make $20 million, according to a source that has seen the contract.
Huddle Up: The Browns didn't break the bank for McCown, but that's enough to suggest the team won't be pursuing Brian Hoyer in free agency. That leaves McCown to battle Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw for the starting gig.
Posted: 2/27/2015 8:05pm et
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) signed a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns on Friday, Feb. 27, according to his agent. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: McCown -- who had also visited with the Bills, Jets and Bears -- will join his seventh NFL team in 13 seasons and gives the franchise a veteran option with 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel trying to straighten up his on- and off-field lives and Brian Hoyer headed to free agency. McCown stood out with the Bears in 2013 but was 1-10 as a starter with 11 TD passes, 14 interceptions and a 70.5 rating last year in Tampa.
Posted: 2/26/2015 4:45pm et
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is expected to decide on a new team by early next week. The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are considered strong suitors.
Huddle Up: The Bills seemingly are the favorites to land the soon-to-be 36-year-old QB, who would figure to have a decent chance of winning the starting gig in either locale.
Posted: 2/25/2015 12:41am et
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is visiting the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, Feb. 24, and Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Huddle Up: The Browns are most definitely seem to be in the market for a veteran QB -- signifying that Brian Hoyer's days in Cleveland are most certainly done -- as they're now kicking the tires on the 35-year-old McCown, who threw for 11 TDs and a career season-high 14 interceptions last season with the Bucs.
Posted: 2/16/2015 2:42pm et
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is set to visit with 'a few others teams.' McCown is gathering as much information as he can before deciding on where to sign.
Huddle Up: The logical landing spot for McCown would be to reunite with Marc Trestman in Baltimore, where he would back up Joe Flacco. But he may still be looking for an opportunity to start, and there may actually be such opportunities out there.
Posted: 2/16/2015 2:42pm et
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is working on a deal with the Buffalo Bills Monday, Feb. 16.
Huddle Up: E.J. Manuel is the only quarterback on Buffalo's roster at the moment, so adding a veteran like McCown makes sense. However, McCown's best move may be to reunite with Marc Trestman in Baltimore, given his success under Trestman and his lack thereof pretty much everywhere else.
Posted: 2/12/2015 8:32pm et
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) may be an attractive depth target for the New York Jets to compete with QB Geno Smith for the starting job, in the opinion of New York Post writer Bart Hubbuch. It is unclear if the Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles are as high on McCown as former Jets general manager John Idzik and former head coach Rex Ryan.
Huddle Up: McCown will be 36 in July and is coming off a poor season in Tampa, but he'll be in demand given the dearth of even semi-reliable QBs on the market, and the Jets are one of several possible landing places.
Posted: 2/12/2015 1:34pm et
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is attracting interest from six teams after getting cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Huddle Up: Even though the QB will turn 36 this summer, McCown's strong play in relief of the injured Jay Cutler in 2013 is still fresh in league minds, and he'll have a job sooner rather than later. The destination, though, will depend if McCown is set on being a starter or is willing to return to a No. 2 role -- a fit that could be made in Baltimore under former coach Marc Trestman who is now the Ravens' offensive coordinator.
Posted: 2/11/2015 8:13pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown was released Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Huddle Up: The release of McCown means the starting job belongs to Mike Glennon... unless, of course, the Bucs are thinking quarterback with that first overall draft pick. There's been talk of a Glennon trade, and most mocks have the Bucs taking Jameis Winston, so maybe McCown's departure just clears the path for Winston to start from Day One.
Posted: 11/4/2014 7:20pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown will start Week 10, according to QB Mike Glennon.
Huddle Up: Not surprising given the Bucs' 4-game skid. McCown, meanwhile, hasn't played since Week 3 and failed to throw for more than 183 yards in the two full games he's played, but the bottom line very well could be that the issues on the Tampa offense appear to run deeper than the QB.
Posted: 11/3/2014 11:11pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QBs Mike Glennon and Josh McCown are options to start in Week 10, but head coach Lovie Smith said he will not decide on the starter until later it the week. Smith said there are a lot of factors he needs to consider before naming the starter.
Huddle Up: Glennon threw for 302 yards and two scores in guiding the Bucs to an upset win in Pittsburgh in his first start of the season in Week 4, but he's had only one 300-yard game in the team's 0-4 run since, cracking the door for a McCown return.
Posted: 9/29/2014 7:06pm et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not decided if QB Josh McCown (thumb) will regain the starting job when he returns from his injury or if Mike Glennon will keep the job, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said the team will go with whichever quarterback gives them the best chance to win.
Huddle Up: Glennon was merely OK stat-wise Sunday, completing 21-of-42 passes for 302 yards, 2 TDs and a pick against the Steelers, but the most important number is the "1" now located under the W column for the Bucs after Glennon rallied the team to the last-second victory. In the least, that has earned the second-year QB another start or two.
Posted: 9/27/2014 10:07am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon remains on track to start in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers with QB Josh McCown (thumb) listed as a doubtful.
Huddle Up: All indications are that Mike Glennon will indeed start Sunday for the Bucs. While Glennon should give the Tampa Bay offense a boost, he isn't worth much fantasy attention at this time. But the fact that he's favored WR Vincent Jackson in the past is.
Posted: 9/25/2014 5:44pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (thumb) is unlikely to need surgery on his injured right thumb. McCown is doing therapy on his thumb, and he's focused on regaining strength. He's not ruling himself out for Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team is saying he'll miss at least one start. QB Mike Glennon is expected to start against the Steelers this weekend.
Huddle Up: McCown is off to quite the rough start in Tampa (420 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs), and it wouldn't be a shock to see Glennon get an extra start or two beyond Sunday if he performs well in the Steel City.
Posted: 9/19/2014 10:44pm et
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (thumb) is undergoing a second test on the thumb injury he suffered in Week 3. He is expected to miss several weeks.
Huddle Up: Mike Glennon will now be the Bucs starter. He showed some flashes last season as a rookie and Glennon does have a couple of weapons at receiver in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. However, he's nothing more than a low-end QB2 right now on a struggling Tampa Bay offense.
Posted: 9/19/2014 9:35am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said it is too soon to tell how long QB Josh McCown (thumb) may be out following his thumb injury suffered Thursday, Sept. 18, in a 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Smith also didn't address whether or not QB Mike Glennon might get a chance to start at quarterback even if McCown is healthy.
Huddle Up: Remains to be seen if McCown was truly injured or if the thumb injury was just a nice way of getting him off the field during Thursday night's debacle. Glennon fared only slightly better but could take the opportunity and run with it in McCown's absence.
Posted: 9/18/2014 10:44pm et
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown suffered a right thumb injury in the second quarter of the Week 3 game Thursday, Sept. 19 and did not return.
Huddle Up: McCown had hit his throwing hand on a helmet following through and was taken the lockerroom a series later. McCown was off to a poor start, completing 5-of-12 passes for 58 yards and an interception as the Bucs fell behind 35-0. He was replaced by Mike Glennon.
Posted: 8/7/2014 10:50am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown and many other starters are likely to be in baseball caps by the end of the first quarter in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 'As a general rule, if you're one of the starters, (you'll play) about a quarter or so, somewhere around there,' head coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday, Aug. 6. 'The third preseason game, we'll play out guys into the third quarter - I'm talking about our starters. The rest of the time, we'll look at the reps, see how the game is going.'
Huddle Up: This is as good an indication as any that McCown will open the season as Tampa Bay's starter while Mike Glennon remains the quarterback of the future. And given his array of targets, McCown is a sneaky late-round QB fantasy value play as well.
Posted: 7/1/2014 8:28pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jonathan Casillas said QB Josh McCown reminds him of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who Casillas played with when he was with the Saints from 2009 to 2012. 'It's a strong comparison, but he reminds me of Drew (Brees), not just the way he throws the ball, but his approach to the game. The first one in, the last one out, he's always around. He's very communicable, very personable. And you can tell he's a born leader,' Casillas said.
Huddle Up: McCown certainly put up Brees-like numbers (1,829 yards, 13 TDs, 1 INT) while starting 5 games and playing in parts of 3 others last season in Chicago, but it remains to be seen if McCown will be given the same sort of free rein if he wins the Bucs' starting job under defensive-minded coach Lovie Smith.
Posted: 6/26/2014 8:12pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown has been praised for his leadership skills by Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald and McCown were teammates in 2003-04.
Huddle Up: Fitz's word carries a lot of weight around the league, but the only opinion that matters right now is that of new Bucs' head coach Lovie Smith, who will choose from the veteran McCown or second-year Mike Glennon as the team's starter.
Posted: 5/13/2014 11:54pm et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown likes the selection of WR Mike Evans in the 2014 draft. McCown said the similarities between Evans and WR Vincent Jackson and Chicago Bears WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery is good.
Huddle Up: McCown, who will turn 35 on the Fourth of July, certainly is living right late in his NFL career, going from Marshall & Jeffery in Chicago to projected starter in Tampa with the Jackson-Evans duo to throw to. Make sure your fantasy draft board reflects McCown's good fortune.
Posted: 3/12/2014 3:28pm et
Updating a previous report, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with QB Josh McCown on a two-year deal worth $10 million. McCown will earn $4.75 million in 2014 and $5.25 million in 2015, according to sources. He can make an extra $5 million in incentives; $1 million each for playing time and another $3 million for reaching the playoffs.
Huddle Up: McCown will at minimum compete with Mike Glennon for the starting gig in Tampa Bay, and given Lovie Smith's luke-warm endorsement of Glennon you should consider McCown the favorite. Whether that translates into the same kind of fantasy success he had in Marc Trestman's offense in Chicago, however, is another matter entirely.
Posted: 3/11/2014 7:54pm et
The New York Jets are scheduled to meet with free-agent QB Josh McCown (Bears).
Huddle Up: McCown, who threw for 1,829 yards, 13 TDs and only 1 interception while filling in for the injured Jay Cutler last season, also reportedly will meet with the Texans and Bucs and would have a good shot to start for all 3 teams. Stay tuned to see what develops.
Posted: 3/10/2014 2:13pm et
The Houston Texans are interested in free-agent QB Josh McCown (Bears).
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound like Matt Schaub is coming back to Houston, so the Texans will want a veteran quarterback in place even if they spend an early pick on a signal caller. McCown will be a popular option, though he may have other opportunities with a brighter long-term future as a starter.
Posted: 3/3/2014 1:18am et
Chicago Bears impending free-agent QB Josh McCown said he is willing to test the free-agent market this offseason because of the contract he could get from another team.
Huddle Up: It's now-or-never time for the soon-to-be 35-year-old QB, who made 5 starts, had 3 300-year games and a 13-1 TD-to-interception ratio in place of the injured Jay Cutler last season.