Josh McCown has made his rounds and it sounds like he could be coming to a final decision. After having discussions with the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills, McCown could be engaging in contract talks with the Bills. Per the Denver Post, McCown and the Bills are “negotiating” and could come to an agreement this week.
McCown is still on the open market despite a two-day visit with the Browns and also talking with the Bears, who has played for before as a backup behind Jay Cutler. While there is no clear indication why Buffalo looks to be in the lead for his services, it’s likely McCown preferred a destination where he’d have a chance to start and Cleveland’s dysfunctional state probably lost out to a more balanced aura in Buffalo.
The 35-year old McCown had a career renaissance in Chicago, putting up 13 touchdowns to just one interception in relief of an often injured Cutler. That surprising performance landed McCown a contract and starting gig with the Tampa Bay Buccaners last summer, but McCown struggled and went just 1-10 as a starter while putting up just 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions.
While McCown didn’t light it up last year with the Bucs, he did show in 2013 that he can be a serviceable starter in the right situation. If he ends up finalizing a deal with the Bills, he’ll give new head coach Rex Ryan a fallback option if third-year passer E.J. Manuel can’t finally take the next step in his development. The Bills can also probably be expected to look for more quarterback help in the middle rounds of this year’s draft.