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Free-agent QB McCown to visit Bucs first



Free agent Josh McCown, one of the top QBs available on the free-agent market, will make his first visit to the Bucs, his agent Mike McCartney said Tuesday afternoon.

McCown, 34, who played for Bucs coach Lovie Smith with the Bears in 2011-12, is coming off a surprise season in which he threw for 13 touchdowns and just one interception while filling in for Chicago starter Jay Cutler. The Texans and Jets are also reportedly in line for visits this week, though the Bucs will do their best to convince him to sign and cancel his remaining trips.

McCown would provide competition for returning starter Mike Glennon, who threw for 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a rookie after the Bucs parted ways with Josh Freeman. The team could also use its first-round draft pick, No. 7 overall, on a quarterback as well.

TYNES CUT: Veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes, who missed the entire 2013 season with the Bucs after contracting a MRSA infection before the season, was officially cut Tuesday, according to the NFL's official transactions. With returning starter Rian Lindell an unrestricted free agent not expected to return, the Bucs now would have 2012 starter Connor Barth as the kicker to beat. Barth missed last season after tearing his Achilles tendon in a charity basketball game last spring.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 6:00pm]


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