Bears' McCown: My heart is in Chicago

Bears' McCown: My heart is in Chicago
January 29, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Scott Krinch

Josh McCown became a fan favorite in Chicago during an impressive five-game stretch while Jay Cutler was sidelined by groin and ankle injuries.

The veteran quarterback posted the best numbers of his 11-year career with 13 touchdowns and a 109.0 passer rating, which was good for third highest in the NFL.

Although general manager Phil Emery locked up Cutler to a long-term extension in early January, the organization has expressed their desire that they want McCown to return as Cutler's backup in 2014. The team cannot officially re-sign McCown until the becoming of free agency, due to him coming off a one-year veteran minimum deal. However, the Bears hold exclusive negotiating rights with him until March 11.

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Even with the possibility of a team offering McCown a chance to compete for a starting job in camp, the veteran quarterback can still envision returning to the Bears to backup Cutler.

"If an opportunity does come along to start, where is that team?" McCown told Waddle & Silvy on Tuesday. "What kind of team is that? It's hard to leave a team, especially as a quarterback, in an offensive structure that we have and are building with the pieces that we have. So it's not so cut and dry that this team will give you an opportunity to be a starter so let's go there. I think it's weighing what all is there and what that opportunity entails. It's going to have to look really good for me to go someplace else because my heart is in Chicago and that is where I want to be."

The tandem of Cutler and McCown lead Chicago to franchise records in total yards (6,109), passing touchdowns (32), passer rating (96.9) and total points (445) in 2013.