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Buccaneers trade quarterback Luke McCown, could reap 5th-round pick



Bucs quarterback Luke McCown has been traded to the Jaguars for a conditional 2010 draft pick, according to the team.

The Bucs had made it known their quarterbacks were available on the trade market, and Jacksonville apparently was willing to deal. The Jags have concerns about the depth behind David Garrard and the Bucs had a logjam at the position, making this a good deal for both sides.

The Bucs could yield as high as a fifth-round pick based on the conditions of the trade.

This move indicates a couple of things. For one, the Bucs didn't see a long-term role for McCown in Tampa and decided it was better to recoup something for him. This also tells us the Bucs are confident enough to go into the season with Josh Freeman as their No. 2 quarterback despite his struggles in the preseason. We've been told the plan is to use Freeman at No. 2 and Josh Johnson as the No. 3.

McCown was vying with Byron Leftwich during the preseason to be the starting quarterback but lost the job when coach Raheem Morris chose Leftwich last week. 

This latest transaction leaves the Bucs with just 51 roster spots filled. The league limit is 53, but expect those two openings to be filled quickly with players who became available via other team's cuts.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:40pm]


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