Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith have made no secret of their desire to add a veteran quarterback to the roster to at least compete with Mike Glennon this offseason.
They’ll have their chance to convince one soon. Jason LaCanfora of CBS reports that the team will host Josh McCown on his first visit of free agency. The Texans and Jets are also slated to meet with McCown, but players often wind up signing with the first team that they meet with after free agency officially opens.
McCown has been linked to the Bucs often since the team made their intentions to add a quarterback in free agency known. He’s coming off a strong season for the Bears that saw him perform very well while Jay Cutler was injured. There are questions about how well he’d do without Bears coach Marc Trestman pulling the strings on offense and he’s not a long-term solution with his 35th birthday fast approaching, but the Bucs aren’t comfortable handing the job to Glennon so it behooves them to go after one of the few appealing options on the list of free agent quarterbacks.
A return to the Bears is also a possibility, but the opportunity to win a starting job could wind up being a big factor in McCown’s ultimate decision.