McCown released by Bucs

Tampa, FL ( – Josh McCown’s unsuccessful run with the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers lasted just one season, with the team releasing the journeyman
quarterback Wednesday.

The Bucs signed McCown, coming off a career year with the Chicago Bears in
2013, to a two-year contract last March to serve as their No. 1 quarterback.
He started 11 of the club’s 16 games, but won just one of them as Tampa Bay
tied for the NFL’s worst record at 2-14.

McCown was due to earn $5.25 million in 2015, and the Buccaneers will incur no
salary cap charges by cutting him loose.

The move leaves third-year pro Mike Glennon as the only experienced
quarterback on the current roster, though Tampa Bay is expected to use the No.
1 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft on one. The last two Heisman Trophy
winners, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, are both
candidates for the top choice.

McCown threw for 13 touchdowns with just one interception while completing
66.5 percent of his passes over eight games, including five starts, in place
of an injured Jay Cutler with the Bears in 2013.

Those numbers dipped dramatically this past season, however, with the 35-year-
old tossing 14 interceptions and completing just 56.3 percent of his throws
for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns with Tampa Bay.

McCown’s success in Chicago came under the tutelage of then-head coach Marc
Trestman, whom the Bucs interviewed for their offensive coordinator position
in January but instead hired former Atlanta Falcons OC Dirk Koetter.