Josh McCown was one of the NFL’s most feel-good stories of 2013, as he returned from virtual anonymity to lead the Chicago Bears in a playoff push that came up just short.
That chapter, however, has officially ended, with a new one yet to come.
With Chicago committed to Jay Cutler as the starter, McCown has signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay, where he’ll play for former Bears coach Lovie Smith.
“It was a good opportunity for me,” McCown said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I didn’t know what was going to be out there as far as starting (jobs), but the opportunity presented itself in Tampa to go down there and be a part of what Lovie is doing there.”
McCown played for Smith in Chicago.
“It made it an appealing place to be,” McCown said. “I understand Lovie’s mindset and how he wants to go about building that, and feel like I can help them in that process. I’m excited about it. We feel like this is where we’re supposed to be. We look forward to being part of the Buccaneers’ organization.”
McCown, 34, completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,829 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception last year. Rookie Mike Glennon, meanwhile, completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
“Obviously we’re coming there to compete, but they brought me there because they want me to play because of what I’ve done this past season,” McCown said. “They’re bringing me there to do a job – and that’s to make that position better. So out of the gate, does that mean I’m the starter? We’ll see.
“Whether we draft one or whether it’s Mike Glennon competing, I just want to make that room better and make that position better for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If it’s on the field, that’s great because I love playing the game. If it’s me pushing whoever’s there or having the competition in that room grow to a level that makes the other guys better, then that makes our team better. That’s my mindset. I’ll be ready to take the snaps and take the reps when they’re given to me. My plan is to be the starter, and we’ll move forward accordingly.”