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QB McCown agrees to 2-year deal with Buccaneers

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  • Bears quarterback Josh McCown fires a pass against the Dallas Cowboys last season. McCown is leaving the Bears after signing a two-year deal with Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

      Bears quarterback Josh McCown fires a pass against the Dallas Cowboys last season. McCown is leaving the Bears after signing a two-year deal with Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Free agent quarterback Josh McCown has agreed to terms of a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a move that reunites him with coach Lovie Smith.

A career backup, the 12th-year pro is coming off the best season of his career with Chicago. McCown started five games in place of the injured Jay Cutler in 2013, going 3-2 and finishing with 13 touchdown passes vs. one interception.

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McCown, who turns 35 in July, will compete with second-year pro Mike Glennon for Tampa Bay's starting job. Glennon started 13 games as a rookie for the Bucs, who fired coach Greg Schiano after a 4-12 finish.

Smith and new general manager Jason Licht are using free agency to reshape the roster. In addition to signing McCown, the Bucs landed defensive end Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and tight end Brandon Myers on Tuesday.

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