The Buccaneers announced today that they have traded QB Luke McCown to Jacksonville for an undisclosed pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
McCown, who originally entered the league as a fourth-round selection (106th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 2004 NFL Draft, was traded to the Buccaneers from the Browns on April 24, 2005. McCown has played in 12 career games with seven starts, and completed 142-of-238 career passes for 1,617 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has also rushed 21 times in his career for 157 yards. McCown played in seven games with three starts as a Buccaneer.
Given the release of some semi well named QBs and some prospect QBs this past day, this may not be surprising. Everyone here in Tampa Bay knows that Jeff Garcia was released from Oakland, and also College success Brian Brohm released by the Green Bay Packers.
Keeping 4 Roster Spots for QB was a luxury at best, especially for a team as young as the Buccaneers are. McCown was given an opportunity to win the starting job, and although some feel he was not given a fair shake, the bottom line is he was given that shake, a better QB would have done something with it. McCown goes to a team where yet another coach is on the hot seat, and another losing season could provide Luke with a 4th Head Coach in 4 years if hes still with the team next season.
Its worth noting, several members of BucEm.com have posted remarks to the effect of "Trade McCown"... you guys have your 15 minutes of fame now !
Head Coach Raheem Morris is basically saying he is confident in his decision that Byron Leftwich is the man to do the job until Josh (X) is ready to take over.