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Bears QB McCown signs with Bucs



Two years ago, Josh McCown was coaching high school football when Lovie Smith talked him into resuming his NFL career with the Chicago Bears.

Smith was persuasive again, signing McCown to a two-year deal with the Bucs Wednesday. No terms were released, but it is believed to be worth $10-million contract with a chance to earn as much as $15-million based on incentives.

McCown had planned to visit the Houston Texans and New York Jets but cancelled those trips, one day after arriving in Tampa.

The 34-year-old veteran is coming off his best year as a pro, going 3-2 with the Bears with 13 touchdowns and one interception as the backup to Jay Cutler.

In Tampa Bay, McCown will at least be able to compete for the starting job against second-year pro Mike Glennon, an opportunity he didn't have in Chicago.

The Bucs moved their scheduled 3 p.m. press conference to 4:30, presumably so McCown and perhaps another potential free agent could be included in the gathering.




[Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:55pm]


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