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Josh McCown Signs Three-Year Deal with Browns

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year deal on Friday.

McCown spent last season with the Buccaneers and finished 1-10 before being released.

During his 11 games as the starter, McCown had completed 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers.

His signing points towards the end of the Brian Hoyer era in Cleveland.  Hoyer is scheduled to be a free agent.

McCown has played for the Cardinals, Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears and Bucs in a 12-year career.

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is the only quarterback still on the roster and is currently in rehab.

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Bucs Cut Ties with QB McCown

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(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- One year after signing Josh McCown, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tossed the quarterback off the port bow.

The team announced Wednesday that they released McCown the year after they agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract.

McCown started 11 games for Tampa Bay, completing 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers. 

The Buccaneers had hoped that McCown would show a similar flair to that of his 2013 season with the Chicago Bears, when found success throwing to the towering Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In Tampa, McCown couldn't find a similar rhythm with Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans.

Currently, Mike Glennon is the only quarterback on Bucs' roster who has regular season experience. According to Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds, the team may be willing to trade Glennon for a fourth round pick.

Tampa Bay possesses the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and a report from ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suggests the team will take Florida State's Jameis Winston.

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Packers Not Looking Past Buccaneers

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY) -- With the NFC North still up for grabs, the Green Bay Packers (10-4) cannot afford a slip up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-12) on Sunday.

Green Bay sits tied for first in the division with the Detroit Lions (10-4) and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers understands the importance.

"Everything is right in front of us," Rodgers said on Wednesday. "We win out, we still win the North."

The Packers are coming off one of their most disappointing losses of the season to the Bills.

"This is a road game we have to have," Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the team's official website. "We clearly understand the importance of winning in December, and we need to take it up a notch as a football team."

The Buccaneers offense is averaging 18.1 points per game this year.  Green Bay's defense is giving up 23.2.

"We've come close quite a few times at home," coach Lovie Smith said. "Once we get it going – instead of talking about getting that first win, we should be talking about, 'Hey, we haven't lost at home.' ... We realize we have a couple of more opportunities, but what better week than (against Green Bay)?"

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Ron Rivera on Newton Starting: 'Pointing in the Right Direction'

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is probable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, head coach Ron Rivera said on Friday.

Newton sat out last week's game after he had minor injuries due to a car crash, but is doing his best to be ready come game time.

"Everything is pointing in the right direction," Rivera said. "He did a lot of turning and twisting today. We put a lot of pressure on him, did some things on purpose so we could see, and he seems to be right on track."

"He did really well today in terms of the amount of stress we put on him," Rivera continued.  "He's done a nice job and has a good handle on what we want to do. I like the way he practiced. Everything is positive."

The Panthers want Newton to be close to 100 percent before they choose him over Derek Anderson, who led them to a 19-17 win over the Buccaneers.

"They both bring a lot to the table," Rivera said of his two quarterbacks, "but Cam brings that extra dimension with his ability to run. That was big for us against New Orleans. He had a really good rhythm, and we're hoping he can recapture some of that."

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Buccaneers Part Ways with Offensive Coordinator Jeff Tedford

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jeff Tedford's short tenure as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator has come to an end, as he and the Buccaneers have parted ways.

Tedford was hired in January by first-year Bucs head coach Lovie Smith, but had been on an indefinite leave of absence due to health reasons and was released from his contract over the weekend to "pursue other opportunities."

After having heart surgery prior to the start of preseason, Tedford hasn't called a play for the team since the third preseason game.

"When my health issues arose, I simply tried to ignore them, and then I made the mistake of twice trying to come back too early," Tedford said in a statement. "At that point, the organization proposed, and I agreed, that an indefinite leave of absence would allow me the proper amount of time to rest and rehabilitate myself. I am happy to state that I'm healthy now and feeling great."

Without Tedford, the Buccaneers have the 26th-ranked offense in the NFL.

Tedford was the head coach at California from 2002-12.

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Andy Dalton's Not Looking Past Bucs

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals will play at Tampa Bay on Sunday as the season heads into December.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is trying to guide his team to their fourth straight playoff appearance.

"We know every week is important," Dalton said. "So you don’t want to have any slip-ups, because if you do, you can go from first to last really easily. We know every week is so important so it just brings that extra focus to the game."

Dalton is coming off two big games against the Saints and Houston.

"They’ve been playing well," said Dalton of Tampa's effort in their last few games. "Some of those things, they’re really sound in what they do. Whether it be the drops that they’re taking – they know what they’re doing, they know how to play certain routes. You’ve got to be sharp."

Despite their 2-9 record, the Buccaneers go into Sunday's game only two games behind the Saints and Falcons in the NFC South.

"Realize how important this game is," Tampa head coach Lovie Smith said.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs 24 (7-3) – Seattle Seahawks 20 (6-4)

Atlanta Falcons 19 (4-6) – Carolina Panthers 17 (3-7-1)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (6-3-1) – New Orleans Saints 10 (4-6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (2-8) – Washington Redskins 7 (3-7)

St. Louis Rams 22 (4-6) – Denver Broncos 7 (7-3)

San Francisco 49ers 16 (6-4) – New York Giants 10 (3-7)

Chicago Bears 21 (4-6) – Minnesota Vikings 13 (4-6)

Houston Texans 23 (5-5) – Cleveland Browns 7 (6-4)

Arizona Cardinals 14 (9-1) - Detroit Lions 6 (7-3)

Green Bay Packers 53 (7-3) - Philadelphia Eagles 20 (7-3)

San Diego Chargers 13 (6-4) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-10)

New England Patriots 42 (8-2) - Indianapolis Colts 20 (6-4)

NBA: New York Knicks 109 (3-8) – Denver Nuggets 93 (2-7)

Milwaukee Bucks 91 (5-5) – Miami Heat 84 (5-5)

Houston Rockets 69 (9-1) - Oklahoma City Thunder 65 (3-8)

Golden State Warriors 136 (8-2) - Los Angeles Lakers 114 (1-9)

NHL: San Jose Sharks 2 (10-8-2; 22pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 0 (5-9-3; 13pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (10-7-0; 20pts) – Winnipeg Jets 3 (9-7-3; 21pts) OT

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (10-7-1; 21pts) - Dallas Stars 2 (6-8-4; 16pts)

Florida Panthers 6 (6-4-5; 17pts) - Anaheim Ducks 2 (11-4-4; 26pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (14-4-1; 29pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (8-4-5; 21pts)

Arizona Coyotes 2 (8-9-1, 17pts) - Edmonton Oilers 1 (6-10-2, 14pts)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:  (1) Kentucky 71 (2-0) – Buffalo 52 (1-1)

(2) Arizona 86 (2-0) - CS Northridge 68 (0-2)

(3) Wisconsin 89 (2-0) – Chattanooga 45 (1-1)

(6) North Carolina 103 (2-0) – Robert Morris 59 (0-2)

(9) Virginia 67 (2-0) – Norfolk State 39 (1-1)

(10) Texas 85 (2-0) - Alcorn State 53 (0-2)

(19) Oklahoma 78 (1-0) – Southeastern Louisiana 53 (0-2)

(21) Nebraska 80 (1-0) – Northern Kentucky 61 (0-2)

(23) Syracuse 65 (2-0) – Hampton 47 (0-2)

Holy Cross 58 (1-0) – (25) Harvard 57 (1-1)

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick captured the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on Sunday with a win in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

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Rams Acquire Barron in Deadline Deal with Bucs

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded safety Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams Tuesday.

The Rams sent a fourth and sixth-round pick to Tampa in exchange for the 25-year-old Barron before the 4 p.m. trade deadline, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Barron, selected by the Bucs with the 7th overall pick in the 2012 Draft, had 49 tackles this season for Tampa -- good for second-best on the team. But it was reported that Barron would sometimes struggle with the defensive system implemented by new head coach Lovie Smith.

Barron helps the Rams which lost safety Rodney McLeod to a knee injury in the team's loss to Kansas City Sunday.

The Buccaneers also sent 27-year-old linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth and sixth-round pick, according to Schefter.

“We have a lot of respect for Jonathan and Mark as players,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a release. “We appreciate their hard work and what they did for us here. In some of these cases with trades, we find a partner where they feel that their services are needed more there than they are here. That’s the case here. We wish them the best and nothing but the best. They’ve been great program guys here for (Head Coach) Lovie (Smith) and myself. Hope nothing but the best for them in the future.”

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Buccaneers Fire Executive Isaiah Harris Following DUI Arrest

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired director of player development Isaiah Harris on Thursday following his arrest for driving under the influence.

“Every member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is held to a high standard,” said Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht in a statement. “This type of incident, particularly for someone whose primary responsibilities are to mentor and develop our players off the field, cannot be tolerated. Due to the nature of his position and the expectations placed on our staff, we made the organizational decision to part ways with Isaiah.”

The 35-year-old Harris was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and released on $500 bond. He previously worked in the Bears front office when current Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith was roaming the sidelines in Chicago.

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Bucs OC Jeff Tedford Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team, the Bucs announced Tuesday.

Tedford had a heart procedure performed in late August; since then he's been working with the team on a limited basis while recovering.

Tedford was hired by new Bucs coach Lovie Smith in January.

Before joining Tampa Bay, Tedford was the head coach at the University of California from 2002-12.

The Buccaneers (0-3) declared that the offensive play-calling, which Tedford never did this season, will continue to be a collaborative effort among offensive coaches.

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