BY: John Mamola
According to multiple reports, One Buccaneer Place will be a busy home this evening as a pair of Chicago Bears are reportedly spending the evening meeting with Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith. Former Chicago Bears corner back Charles Tillman and former Chicago Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown are both in town meeting with the Bucs brass.
Charles “Peanut” Tillman is headed to Tampa for a visit tonight, per source. The Lovie Smith connection— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
I can officially confirm that free agent QB Josh McCown has come to One Buc for a visit tonight.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) March 11, 2014
Tillman, 33, has played 11 seasons with the Bears, nine under Lovie Smith. Tillman has 36 career interceptions, 42 forced fumbles and nine touchdowns. Tillman's love and respect for Smith has been well documented throughout his career in Chicago.
McCown is coming off a breakout season which he started five games in place of Jay Cutler last season and appeared in eight games overall, compiling the league's third-best passer rating at 109.0 -- the highest in Bears single-season history.
He threw for 13 touchdowns with just one interception (his one pick on 224 attempts produced an NFL-best 0.4 interception percentage) and set team records with three consecutive 300-yard passing games, a 66.5 completion percentage on the season and 36 completions in a single game. McCown went 3-2 as the team's starter.
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