11:14am: McCown visited the Bills this morning, but left without signing a contract — in fact, the two sides didn’t even discuss specific contract terms, a league source tells Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. Carucci also confirms that McCown has at least one more visit (and maybe two) on his schedule after leaving Buffalo.
8:22am: With time on his side, expect McCown to take at least one more visit following his meeting with the Bills, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
8:04am: The Buccaneers’ release of Josh McCown last week allowed the veteran quarterback to get a head start on the rest of this year’s free agent class, and McCown is taking advantage. According to Adam Schefter and Mike Rodak of ESPN.com (via Twitter), the former Bucs signal-caller is in Buffalo today, where he and the Bills are attempting to work out a deal.
While it’s possible that the Bills work something out with McCown, they’re not the only team on his radar. Rodak tweets that the 35-year-old also plans on making a few more visits to potential suitors in the coming days, though it’s not clear if the QB has a specific schedule set up yet.
As our Connor Byrne noted yesterday in his preview of the Bills’ offseason, addressing the quarterback position is a priority for new head coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo front office this winter. After Kyle Orton announced his retirement at season’s end, EJ Manuel is the only QB currently on the roster who is under contract for the 2015 season. Without its first-round pick this year, the Bills are expected to turn to the free agent market to find someone to compete with Manuel — Mark Sanchez, who has some history with Ryan, is viewed as another potential target.
Of course, McCown has some history of his own with a new member of the Bills’ staff. Former Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer worked with McCown in Chicago during the best year of his career in 2013, and is now the offensive line coach in Buffalo.