The Buccaneers didn't have a quarterback controversy, but they've managed to create one.
Tampa Bay signed quarterback Josh McCown, according to his agent Mike McCartney on Twitter. It's a two-year contract, and it will make for an interesting training camp because the Buccaneers had the best rookie quarterback in the NFL last season, Mike Glennon.
Many teams would love to have a second-year quarterback who was pressed into duty before expected and played pretty well, throwing 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Apparently, coach Lovie Smith's strong desire to work with a veteran quarterback has led to the Buccaneers bringing in McCown.
It's possible Glennon wins the job, because before last year McCown wasn't a very good NFL quarterback. Before last season, he had 37 touchdowns and 44 interceptions in 10 seasons. Then, in Marc Trestman's offense with the Bears, he had 1,829 yards 13 touchdowns and only one interceptions in eight games (five starts). One could believe the 10-year sample size of mediocrity over less than a half of a season of good performances under a great offensive head coach, but the Buccaneers apparently think McCown just had his breakout at age 34. Maybe that's the case.
The Buccaneers didn't give McCown a deal that indicates he's a sure-fire starter ($10 million over two years), so it will be interesting to see how the competition plays out. If it ends up being McCown, the Buccaneers would be gambling on a small sample size of success over last year's all-rookie quarterback who showed a lot of promise.
UPDATE: And it appears there will be no competition after all:
Bucs' Lovie Smith, asked if Josh McCown is his quarterback: "Yes, he is."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) March 12, 2014
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