Half man, half robot Adam Schefter has dropped a note that should make Texans fans perk up on this first day of free agency.
Bears free-agent QB Josh McCown is scheduled to visit, in order, Tampa, Houston and then the New York Jets, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
McCown, the larger, more talented, third cousin twice removed of our very own Rivers McCown, played well as the backup to Jay Cutler in 2013. In eight games, McCown passed at a 66% clip for 1,829 yards, 13 touchdowns, and just one interception. Over a full season, those numbers could be extrapolated (if you are in to that sort of thing) as over 3,600 yards, a shade under 30 touchdowns, and a handful of interceptions. While certainly not All-Pro numbers, that kind of stat line would have been a massive upgrade over the product that Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, and T.J. Yates put on the field for the Texans last season.
The downside to McCown, of course, is the fact that he is a 34 year old journeyman who has never done anything of significance in his entire NFL career as a starter. Is this a play to get a veteran on a one-year deal to help a potential first overall pick transition into the NFL? Does Rick Smith think that McCown has enough tread on the tires to actually lead this franchise while Jadeveon Clowney tears Andrew Luck in half? I have a feeling that whether McCown is signed in Houston or not, we will be no closer to getting an idea on who will be picked first overall this May.