Buccaneers QB Josh McCown lasted less than one year with the team after signing a big contract with Tampa Bay in 2014.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released QB Josh McCown after one season and a 1-10 record with the team.
NFL insider Albert Breer reported via Twitter that the Buccaneers had decided to cut ways with McCown less than one year after signing him in free agency.
Buccaneers have released QB Josh McCown.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 11, 2015
In 2013 as a backup QB for the Chicago Bears, McCown started five games in relief of QB Jay Cutler and put up some of the best numbers of his career, recording 13 TDs and only 1 INT to lead the NFL in INT%. His great performance earned him a 2-year, $10 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2014 offseason and he was immediately named the starter by newly-hired head coach Lovie Smith.
But McCown and the rest of the team struggled mightily, and McCown went 1-10 as a starter in 2014. Backup QB Mike Glennon was hardly any better, going 1-4 in his five starts for the team (Glennon is also expected to be traded in the 2015 offseason). The team would go on to finish with an NFL-worst 2-14 record, giving them the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
With McCown’s departure, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are almost guaranteed to use their No. 1 overall pick to find a QB to replace him. The only question that remains is, which Heisman-trophy winning QB will the team take? Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota?