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Bucs sign QB Josh McCown to be starter

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Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2014 at 11:02 PM

TAMPA — So much for a quarterback controversy.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Bears quarterback Josh McCown to a two-year deal on Wednesday, and coach Lovie Smith wasted no time anointing McCown the starter for 2014.

“There has to be a starting spot, a starting point, starting person that goes out there first and at quarterback for us, that’s going to be Josh,’’ Smith said Wednesday.

McCown, 34, signed a two-year deal is worth $10 million, with McCown slated to earn $4.75 million for 2014 and $5.25 million in 2015.

Mike Glennon, who made 13 starts as a rookie a year ago, remains on the roster.

McCown put himself into position for the pay day last year when he won three games in five starts as a replacement for injured starter Jay Cutler in Chicago. McCown is the older brother of former Bucs quarterback Luke McCown, who now plays for the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints.

While McCown was completing work on his two-year deal, the Bucs were entertaining several other free agents.

Former Bengals tackle Anthony Collins, former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, former Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith and former Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. all visited One Buc Place on Wednesday.

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