Josh McCown Would Look Good In Tennessee
By Mike Edler
We continue the Titans free agency series with QB. Click here to view the safety position and T.J.Ward.
Free agency inches ever closer, and with the Titans, why not take a long look at Bears QB Josh McCown. I have said previously that if the Bears were to let Jay Cutler walk, the Titans should do everything in their power to bring him home. Cutler signed an extension with the Bears and will be in Chicago for the foreseeable future, but I am not done picking at the Chicago quarterbacks.
After his resurgent season in relief of Cutler, Josh McCown deserves a shot at being a NFL starter. With Ken Whisenhunt now the head coach in Tennessee and the uncertainty of Jake Locker, why wouldn’t the Titans take a chance on a guy like McCown? McCown performed excellent last season and even caused a mini quarterback controversy for Bears coach Marc Trestman. Trestman silenced the rumors by playing Cutler as soon as he was healthy and left McCown in limbo. McCown finished with 8 appearances and 5 starts, but in those starts he compiled 1829 yards with 13 touchdowns and a lone interception.
McCown is now a free agent and his future is as big a question as any in this years class.
Looking at the Titans, they are in a lame duck season at quarterback. They have Locker under contract and he is relatively cheap, but his 2015 option would call for a huge raise. Locker has shown flashes that he can be a good if not great starter in the NFL, but does not have the ability to stay healthy. Ryan Fitzpatrick was a roller coster of inconsistency and will likely not return to the Titans. McCown will be 35 by the start of the season so this is no long term fix, but he could offer the Titans some stability while they search for the heir apparent.
If the Titans choose not to pursue McCown and stick with Locker, look for the Titans to take a chance on one of the quarterbacks in the 2014 draft. Don’t think Derek Carr or Johnny Manziel, but a guy like Aaron Murray or Zach Mettenberger. If Locker does not perform this year, the Titans will be in the 2015 draft looking for “the guy” of the future.