Source: McCown to visit Bucs, Texans, Jets

CHICAGO -- Free agent quarterback Josh McCown will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Texans and New York Jets, in that order, according to a source familiar with the situation.

ESPNChicago.com reported on Monday the Bears, Bucs, Texans and Jets were the four teams to show the most interest in McCown, who is fresh off a career year in Chicago.

"To leave Chicago, it will be a situation where I’m looking to compete to start or to start and be able to kind of grow more as a player, McCown said Monday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike”. “The only way as a player that you can do that is on the field. That will definitely be something that we are looking at. So we’ll see.”

All three potential destinations should provide McCown with the opportunity to compete to be the starting quarterback.

McCown is expected to field multi-year offers from the interested parties that the Bears might not be inclined to match because of the money invested in starting quarterback Jay Cutler. He signed a lengthy contract with $54 million in guarantees at the conclusion of the regular season.

McCown, who turns 35 in July, had a career year in 2013 when he completed 149 of 224 pass attempts for 1,829 yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception. McCown, who appeared in eight games last season with five starts, finished the season as the NFL’s third highest-rated quarterback with a 109.0 passer-rating -- the highest single-season quarterback rating in franchise history.

McCown set additional Bears all-time records with three straight 300-yard passing games, 36 completions in a single game versus the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 24 and an overall single-season completion percentage of 66.5.

McCown also had the best interception percentage in the NFL last year with one pick in 224 attempts (0.4 percent).