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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