Bucs Cut or Keep: Josh McCown

Each day we look at players on the Buccaneers' roster and decide whether that player should be brought back for 2015 or if the Bucs should move on. When a team is 2-14, major changes lie on the horizon. Today, we take a look at quarterback Josh McCown.

Each day we look at players on the Buccaneers' roster and decide whether that player should be brought back for 2015 or if the Bucs should move on. When a team is 2-14, major changes lie on the horizon. Today, we take a look at quarterback Josh McCown.

The Case to Keep: The Bucs appear primed to select a quarterback early in the 2015 NFL Draft. I think it's also safe to assume that the Bucs will try and trade Mike Glennon for at least one mid-round draft selection. While Josh McCown had his struggles as the Bucs starter in 2014, he's been a very valuable backup quarterback throughout his career. As a backup to a rookie quarterback, McCown can be an extra coach to help further develop whichever rookie quarterback the Bucs select.

The Case to Cut: The Bucs stuck with McCown because, according to Lovie Smith, McCown gave the Bucs the "best chance to win." The Bucs ended 2-14. McCown will count $5.25 million against the cap in 2015. If cut, the Bucs get all of that money back onto their cap. With a new offensive coordinator, does it make sense for the Bucs to draft a young quarterback and find a brand new backup as well?

Cut or Keep: I know many Bucs fans are ready to cut ties with Josh McCown as quickly as possible. I won't sugar-coat it, McCown was awful in 2014. Forget about how bad the Bucs offensive line was, McCown was equally as bad. With that said, I think the Bucs should find a way to keep McCown around. I think they should restructure his contract into another 2 or 3 year deal, while lowering his cap number. McCown would be valuable as a cheap backup to the Bucs true franchise quarterback.


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