Charles Tillman, Josh McCown and Anthony Collins to Visit Bucs


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened up free agency with three signings right out of the gate — defensive end Michael Johnson, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald and tight end Brandon Myers — and there could be more to come.

Cornerback Charles Tillman will visit One Buc Place this week, along with quarterback Josh McCown and offensive tackle Anthony Collins.

For Tillman and McCown, it would be a reunion with former Bears head coach Lovie Smith.

A two-time Pro Bowler and Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient, Tillman, 33,  spent nine seasons playing for Smith and six with cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd.

Given that the Bucs are expected to release Darrelle Revis before 4 p.m. Wednesday, signing Tillman makes a lot of sense. He knows Smith’s Tampa-2 defense and would immediately step in and start opposite second-year corner Johnthan Banks.

McCown, a career backup since entering the league in 2002, year quarterback Mike Glennon, mentor him and possibly take the starting job.

In relief of an injured Jay Cutler last year, McCown performed admirably, and even sparked some debate over whether he should have become the full-time starter.

He will also visit with the Houston Texans and the New York Jets.

As reported earlier, the Bucs are still positioned to land Collins, with other teams beginning to bow out of the bidding war, including the Redskins. Collins, 28,  is considered the top remaining left tackle on the market.

Another free agent scheduled to visit the Bucs, according to Jason La Canfora, is Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher, whom Bucs GM helped acquire back when he was a personnel executive in New England.

Fletcher, a former undrafted free agent out of Montana State, spent the last three seasons as a backup and lead the Patriots in special teams tackles last season.