Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike this morning, Josh McCown confirmed that his agent has talked to four teams about a potential fit for the free agent quarterback, writes Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. One of those four teams is believed to be the Bears, and McCown hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to Chicago.
“If I leave Chicago, if that’s the case, [a starting job] is the opportunity I’m looking for,” McCown said. “And once those opportunities come, what’s the coaching staff? What are the players there in place?…. To leave Chicago, it would be a situation where I’m looking to be able to compete to start or grow more as a player. The only way you can do that as a player is on the field.”
According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago (Twitter link), the Bears, Jets, Buccaneers, and Texans are believed to be the four teams to express genuine interest in McCown, who is one of the top signal-callers among this year’s class of free agents. The Jets look like they’re committed to giving Geno Smith a chance to keep the starting job, but may bring in a veteran to push him. Meanwhile, Mike Glennon may return to a backup role in Tampa Bay, and Matt Schaub will likely be released by Houston.