Can McCown become a fantasy sleeper in 2009?

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Luke McCown has been promised a chance to start for the Buccaneers in 2009 according to the St. Petersburg Times.

    “It was made clear to me over the process, over the weekend and [Tuesday], that I was going to get a shot to compete to be the starter and the leader of this team, and that’s all I asked for, and I’m excited for that chance,” McCown said.

The Buccaneers have signed him to a two-year, $7.5 million contract that will guarantee him $5 million next season. That could be an indication that McCown won’t only get a chance to start, he’ll be the favorite.

It also means that the Jeff Garcia era in Tampa Bay could be at an end.

Garcia, slated to become a free agent, told the Tampa Tribune that the team has not reached out of shown interest in bringing him back.

McCown has shown flashes of potential in his limited time on the field. While a member of the Bucs, he has completed 94 of 140 passes (67.1 percent) for 1,009 yards with five touchdowns and a passer rating of 91.0.

Under new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, McCown believes the team will run a version of the West Coast offense that will feature a vertical pass attack.

Much like his brother Josh, Luke is an athletic quarterback with a strong arm. Even if he does earn the top spot on the depth chart, however, McCown won’t be seen as more than a late-round filer in fantasy drafts.

But as Tyler Thigpen showed us last season, you never know who can come out of nowhere to make an impact.

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