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Josh McCown Released by Buccaneers: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IFebruary 11, 2015

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Less than 12 months after signing Josh McCown to a two-year contract, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have parted ways with the veteran quarterback. 

The team's official Twitter feed announced the news:   

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @Buccaneers

The #Bucs have released QB Josh McCown. READ: http://t.co/QS4aLBNKhM http://t.co/h9EPgXWWyx

On Feb. 12, McCown talked about his release, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:

Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

McCown said he was appreciative of the Bucs for releasing him prior to the start of free agency. "That showed a lot of class.''

Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

McCown on #Bucs coach Lovie Smith: "You wanted to get it done for him. There is sincere disappointment...I completely understand it.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport noted McCown has already drawn interest from teams:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Already, Josh McCown has heard from a few interested teams wanting him to visit, which he’ll likely do. One of the top FA QBs again

The veteran quarterback confirmed that report on Feb. 12, according to Stroud:

Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

McCown said at least a half dozen teams have expressed an interest in signing him.

McCown, who enjoyed a resurgent season with the Chicago Bears under Marc Trestman in 2013, wasn't able to replicate that magic in his one year with Tampa Bay. In 11 starts, he completed just 56.3 percent of his passes for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. 

The Bucs went 1-10 in the games he started. 

Fortunately for Tampa Bay, there are no monetary repercussions to this move, as McCown's deal involved no guaranteed money for 2015, per Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo: 

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

McCown had $5.25 million in non-guaranteed salary on the books for 2015. Made $4.75 million in one season in Tampa.

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McCown shouldn't have too much trouble finding a job. The 35-year-old was bad last season, but he would serve as a quality backup. Plenty of teams need depth at the position, and as NFL.com's Albert Breer noted, McCown joins a razor-thin free-agent market: 

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

McCown joins a veteran QB market that'll include (barring late deals) Ryan Mallett, Mark Sanchez and Brian Hoyer.

As for the Bucs, Mike Glennon is now very lightly penciled in as the starter. However, the new Lovie Smith-led regime didn't show much confidence in the 25-year-old in 2014, and this is just more evidence as to what the Bucs will do with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter put it simply:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Well, if there were any questions about the Buccaneers using the No. 1 overall pick on a QB, there are none now.

Tampa Bay still has to decide between Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston. But with the veteran out of the picture, it's beginning to look like the eventual top pick will meet little resistance in starting immediately. 

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