Bucs introduce starting QB McCown and tackle Collins

10:18 AM, Mar 14, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Maybe the second time around, the Bucs will find success with a McCown at quarterback. Free agent acquisition Josh McCown was introduced as the Bucs' starting quarterback this afternoon at One Buc Place.

Offensive tackle Anthony Collins was also introduced at the press conference, conveniently seated to the left of the new signal caller. Collins will be responsible for protecting McCown's left side in the pocket.

The Bucs signed the 12-year veteran journeyman quarterback to a two-year, $10 million deal. Entering his 2014 season, McCown will get an opportunity he's only had once before as the anointed starter. He last held the reigns in the NFL entering training camp a decade ago for the Cardinals.

"In going in to my 13th year, I want to bring leadership and a good knowledge of the game," said McCown. "I just want to play good football, smart football and protecting it."

Head coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday that he wanted to see what McCown could do for an entire season. Last year in a backup role for the Bears, he filled in for injured Jay Cutler for five starts, winning three of those contests. During a game against the Cowboys, McCown passed for 4 touchdowns and 348 yards.

"There is a standard that I learned and I set last year and that's the way I want to be," said McCown. "That's is the standard I want to bring to the table for our team."

Tampa Bay is a familiar area to McCown, his brother Luke was a backup quarterback for the Buccaneers in the 2007-08 seasons.

"He was a great resource, he just couldn't say enough about the Glazers, he just loved playing here and just loved the people here, so he was a good foundation," said Josh McCown.

Collins comes over from the Bengals in a five-year, $30 million deal, of which $15 million is in guaranteed money. He will assume the starting left tackle position, taking over for released seven-year Buccaneer veteran Donald Penn.

In his five seasons in the league Collins has played in 50 games, starting in 25 during that span.

"The eye in the sky don't lie. I feel like I can't be stopped and with the coach and the general manager feeling the way I feel, this job is going to be real easy," said Collins.

Collins marks the third player the Bucs have acquired in the free agency period that spent last season with the Bengals, joining defensive end Michael Johnson and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.

"As soon as I talked to coach Lovie [Smith] and Mr. J [Jason Licht], it was family first and everything else is second -- so Tampa Bay it is," said Collins.

Bucs General Manager Jason Licht says the team is still not done making adjustments to the roster. Smith has mentioned in consecutive days, he wants to move as far away from the 4-12 team from a season ago.


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