Free-agent QB Josh McCown visited Bills, left without contract

Monday February 16th, 2015

Free-agent quarterback Josh McCown "spent the last few days" visiting with the Buffalo Bills, the team announced on Monday. McCown was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week after one season with the team.

McCown left Buffalo without a contract, has at least one more visit lined up and isn't expected to sign with a team for about another week, reports Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.

New Bills head coach Rex Ryan is looking to bring in competition for quarterback EJ Manuel, who has struggled during his first two years in the NFL. Ryan has said the team will look at all options at quarterback this offseason.

Kyle Orton, who started 12 games in 2014, retired following the season's conclusion. 

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"We got the draft coming up, free agency is coming up," Ryan said to WGR Radio in Buffalo, according to the Bills' website. "Are there trade possibilities? You look at every possible scenario there is. From [general manager] Doug Whaley and our scouts, all of our position coaches, we're looking at that."

McCown completed 56.3 percent of his passes with the Buccaneers last season, throwing for 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 11 games. He was eventually replaced by second-year quarterback Mike Glennon

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McCown will be entering his 13th NFL season and his next team will be his seventh. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2002 draft. For his career, McCown has thrown for 11,033 yards with 61 touchdowns and 59 interceptions.

The Bills finished 9-7 last season. 

Jack Jorgensen

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