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My one issue with the Buccaneers’ first week of free agency actually has little to do with free agency. Well, it does, because if they hadn’t gone and grabbed Josh McCown, head coach Lovie Smith wouldn’t have named him Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback, as relayed by SI.com's Chris Burke.
It’s not that I love Mike Glennon. It’s more that one decent season out of 10 doesn’t inspire me when it comes to McCown. On the other hand, this may set up the team to grab a quarterback in the draft as well.
But I didn’t ding Tampa Bay for that, because the actual signing of McCown was good—it needed a better veteran backup.
Plus, look at what Smith did on both sides of the line, adding offensive line talent like Evan Dietrich-Smith, Anthony Collins and Oniel Cousins, as well as Michael Johnson on the defensive line.
Also, we can’t forget Alterraun Verner, who will make up for cutting Darrelle Revis. Cutting Revis was somewhat of a cap-necessary move; however, as good as Verner is, he isn’t Revis.
But Verner is an outstanding corner, so while the Bucs downgrade, it’s more a slight step down than a sharp fall.
Overall a good job for the new crew in Tampa Bay, even if I think McCown will end up disappointing everyone as a starter, if he indeed keeps the job.