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Free agent Josh McCown will visit the Bucs, Texans and Jets.
McCown will visit the Bucs first. All three clubs are quarterback-needy, but the Bucs and Bears are believed to be the favorites for McCown's services. Quite often in free agency, players never leave their first visit.
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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Raiders are interested in free agent Josh McCown, but that "many believe" it's down to the Bears and Bucs for his services.
The Raiders have the most compelling need, but would likely have to significantly outbid the Bears to lure McCown away from coach Marc Trestman. There would be a delicious irony in a resurgent McCown departing Chicago for Tampa and Lovie Smith, who oversaw years of offensive futility in the Windy City. McCown should have a new deal within the next 24 hours.
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Free agent QB Josh McCown said four teams have expressed real interest so far.
The four teams are believed to be the Jets, Bucs, Texans and Bears. McCown said that if he does leave Chicago, it will be to pursue a starting opportunity. The 34-year-old threw 13 touchdowns against one interception last season, going 3-2 as a starter thanks to the schemes and tutelage of Marc Trestman. McCown is a strong candidate to get overpaid this week and flee Chicago.
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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs are "in the market" for a backup quarterback, and will be "looking at" free agents Josh McCown and Shaun Hill.
New Bucs GM Jason Licht recently said he's "absolutely" looking for a veteran to compete with Mike Glennon, and in theory, McCown is the best he could do on the open market. That ignores the fact that the 34-year-old journeyman may well be little more than a product of Marc Trestman's masterful coaching. ESPN's Adam Schefter doesn't expect McCown to re-sign with the Bears.
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ESPN's Adam Schefter doesn't expect free agent Josh McCown to re-sign with the Bears.
McCown generated significant buzz among teams at the NFL Combine. "I don't expect him to be back in Chicago, because the interest will be that great in his services," stated Schefter. Schefter "doesn't think" McCown will sign with the Jets, whose interest in Michael Vick appears stronger. Angling for his final NFL contract, 34-year-old McCown seems poised to go to the highest bidder.
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Free agent Josh McCown said he has to be "willing to go somewhere else, if that's how it breaks."
McCown wants to re-sign with the Bears but acknowledges he has an opportunity to earn more money and play elsewhere. "This is probably going to be the last time I stand in free agency with this kind of leverage," McCown, 34, said. "So there's an understanding of an opportunity here to gain some more resources both to take care of our family and to do more good with." The Bucs, Jets, Raiders and Texans are just a number of teams that could show interest next week.
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The Chicago Tribune believes free agent Josh McCown's "overwhelming desire" is to re-sign with the Bears.
According to the Tribune, McCown wants a "multi-year deal that will give him and his family some stability." The feeling is reportedly mutual, though it's unclear if the Bears are open to a multi-year deal. McCown is expected to draw interest from multiple teams if he reaches the open market, but is wisely reluctant to leave a dream situation in Chicago. A 35-year-old (in July) journeyman, it's far from a guarantee McCown would remain successful away from the guiding hand of Marc Trestman.
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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears have "strong interest" in re-signing free agent Josh McCown, and that the Jets and Bucs are also interested.
Rapsheet lumps the Bucs in with the Bears' "strong interest." Chicago's interest should go without saying after McCown flourished in Marc Trestman's system as Jay Cutler's backup last season, but the Bucs and Jets should be careful not to overpay. McCown is a 35-year-old (in July) journeyman who was managed and manipulated to success by an offensive guru. New York and Tampa Bay likely don't have the coaching-staff horses to keep McCown's resurgence going.
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The New York Daily News reports the Jets are "eyeing" free agent Josh McCown.
Per beat writer Manish Mehta, the Jets want McCown "to provide a viable alternative in case Geno Smith regresses." McCown, 35 in July, is your prototypical pocket passer and would be a natural veteran stopgap fit in OC Marty Mornhinweg's quick-hitting West Coast offense. McCown should have several suitors but may be content returning to Chicago as Jay Cutler's caddy.
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CSN Bay Area considers the Raiders a possible landing spot for free agent Josh McCown.
McCown fits the type of pocket passer the Raiders are looking for to run OC Greg Olson's offense and could be brought in as a veteran stopgap if allowed to reach the open market. He resurrected his career under coach Marc Trestman in 2013, posting 1,829 yards and a 13:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio over eight games (five starts). McCown has expressed his interest in re-signing with the Bears, but would likely have to accept a hometown discount. Oakland has also been linked to veteran quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Mark Sanchez this offseason.