Could Josh McCown join Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay?

Could Josh McCown join Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay?
March 6, 2014, 8:30 pm
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CSN Staff

The Bears have made it known that they would like to re-sign quarterback Josh McCown, but the odds appear to be slim with plenty of teams interested in his services.

And one team that's entered the mix is none other than Lovie Smith's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to's Ian Rapoport, the Bucs are in the market for a backup quarterback and are looking at McCown and Shaun Hill of the Detroit Lions.

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The 34-year-old McCown had a career year for the Bears in 2013 and is considered one of the top free agent quarterbacks on the open market. He finished with a 109.0 passer rating -- third highest in the NFL -- and accumulated 13 touchdowns to just one interception in eight appearances filling in for starter Jay Cutler, who battled injuries throughout last season.

Tampa Bay could use an early round draft pick to select a QB in May, but early indication is that they will stick with Mike Glennon as their starter, and look for a veteran to back him up.

NFL free agency officially begins at 3 p.m. on March 11.