McCown gives Bucs alternative to Glennon

TAMPA, Fla. – All of a sudden, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a quarterback competition. No matter how it plays out, that’s a better thing than the full-fledged quarterback controversy they had last year.

The Bucs agreed to terms on a two-year deal with veteran Josh McCown on Wednesday. McCown instantly steps into competition with Mike Glennon for the starting job.

No matter how it plays out, the Bucs will be in better shape at the start of this season than they were at the start of last season. That was when Josh Freeman and former coach Greg Schiano were feuding. Freeman ended up being benched and then released, and Glennon got thrown into the starting job four games into his rookie season. This time around, the Bucs have two options that could be attractive.

New coach Lovie Smith has had some praise for Glennon. But the acquisition of McCown gives the Bucs a clear alternative. McCown, 34, played for Smith in Chicago and has made 38 career starts. In eight games with Chicago last season, he completed 66.5 percent of his passes and threw 13 touchdowns to one interception.

McCown’s experience and history with Smith could give him a slight early edge for the starting job. But Glennon at least will have a chance to compete in the preseason.