Ex-Buccaneers QB Josh McCown expected to meet with Bills

Josh McCown won't be the next Jim Kelly for the Buffalo Bills. But he just might be the next Kyle Orton

Josh McCown just may be the answer at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.

According to multiple media reports, the 12-year veteran is said to be meeting with the Bills on Monday, less than a week after being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Now it might seem kind of strange to consider a guy who was discarded by a team that went 2-14 last year to be the savior of another franchise.

But remember that McCown would be replacing the now-retired Kyle Orton, another journeyman quarterback who was solid enough to lead the Bills to their best record in a decade (9-7). In 12 games as a starter, Orton completed 64.2% of his passes for 3,018 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a passer rating of 87.8.

McCown could fill that role quite nicely. Things clearly didn't work out in Tampa Bay, where he completed 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a 70.5 passer rating. But he was coming off a crazy 2013 season in which he threw for 13 touchdowns and just one interception for a 109.0 passer rating in eight games (five starts) for the Chicago Bears.

For his career, the 35-year-old McCown has completed 58.7% of his passes with 61 touchdowns and 59 interceptions for a passer rating of 76.1.

Clearly McCown isn't going to be the next Jim Kelly. But he could end up being the next Kyle Orton. And that seems to be all the Bills are looking for at this point.

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