Before former Bears coach and current Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman brought Josh McCown to Chicago, the journeyman signal caller was coaching high school football in Charlotte, N.C. Trestman took a chance on McCown, a year removed from the NFL, which paid off considerably. In 2013, Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler got injured and McCown stepped in and performed admirably under pressure.
McCown parlayed that into a starting gig with the Buccaneers in 2014, which went rather poorly. McCown's own injuries combined with being on a bad team with no running game led to a 2-14 season. McCown, careful with the football in Chicago, threw 14 interceptions to 11 touchdowns and did not look like his former self from the year prior.
With the Buccaneers releasing McCown on Wednesday, attention could turn to whether the Ravens, with Trestman on board, would like to bring him on in a backup role. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, McCown is already drawing some interest from around the league.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Already, Josh McCown has heard from a few interested teams wanting him to visit, which he’ll likely do. One of the top FA QBs again</p>— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/565684468531621888">February 12, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Could the Ravens be one of those teams? Perhaps. But you'd have to think that McCown would prefer a starter's job first. If that doesn't materialize, and if he's willing to keep his price low, perhaps the Ravens and McCown gain mutual interest.
The last time the Ravens spent a lot of money on a backup quarterback was in 2010, when they signed Marc Bulger to a one-year, $3.8 million deal. Bulger never played a snap and retired prior to the 2011 season. Signing a backup to that kind of deal may not be in the Ravens' salary cap plan since there are some other areas of need to address.
Joe Flacco has been durable at the quarterback position, which has previously limited concerns of having a game-ready backup behind him. The Ravens, though, have previously placed plenty of trust in Tyrod Taylor to do so if needed, though he could be gone during this free-agency period. That means either the Ravens bring in someone to back up Flacco or they place their trust in second-year quarterback Keith Wenning, who spent the 2014 season on the practice squad.
Sure, having someone like McCown would be ideal. But is he worth the potential cost when that money could be used at other positions on the roster?