Bears re-sign QB Josh McCown to 1-year deal
Josh McCown has started two of three games over the past two seasons with the Chicago Bears. He filled in for Jay Cutler in the 2011 season, after the starting quarterback his thumb against the San Diego Chargers and his backup Caleb Hanie struggled as his replacement. Josh McCown completed 35-of-55 passes (63.6) for 414 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions while finishing the 2011 season on a 68.3 passer rating.
The Chicago Bears re-signed Josh McCown to a one-year deal ahead of the 2012 season, and he played the entire preseason, including completing 20-of-29 of his passes for 157 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the 28-20 preseason finale win against the Cleveland Browns. However, Josh McCown didn’t make the final regular season roster cuts and was at the end of August.
But after Jay Cutler sustained a concussion in the Week 10 loss to Houston Texans, the Chicago Bears brought Josh McCown back as insurance. Josh McCown ended last season as a third-string quarterback on the depth chart behind Jay Cutler and backup Jason Campbell. The 33-year-old Josh McCown didn’t play in any game last season as Jason Campbell started the next week against the San Francisco 49ers and Jay Cutler returned to the lineup after missing just one start.
A third round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2002 NFL draft, Josh McCown started 33 of 50 games during his career with the Cardinals (2002-05), Detroit Lions (2006), Oakland Raiders (2007), Carolina Panthers (2009), and Chicago Bears. Josh McCown completed 58 percent of his passes for 6,998, 37 touchdowns, 44 interceptions and a career passer rating of 71.3.
Now entering his 11th season in the league, Josh McCown will have an opportunity to compete for the backup quarterback role after Jason Campbell left the Chicago Bears to sign a two-year deal with the Cleveland Brown in hopes of competing for the starting job. The only other quarterback currently behind Jay Cutler on the Chicago Bears’ roster is second-year pro Matt Blanchard.
However, Chicago Bears new head coach Marc Trestman, who also has a rich history of coaching NFL quarterbacks, is expected to add other quarterback options in the mix through free agency or April’s NFL draft. Jay Cutler’s current deal will expire after the 2013 season, and so far it appears the Chicago Bears are still looking for Cutler to earn his right to a long-term contract extension.