As future becomes clear, Bears QB Josh McCown weighing options

As future becomes clear, Bears QB Josh McCown weighing options
March 10, 2014, 10:00 am
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Tony Andracki

Don't be afraid of calling Josh McCown a "journeyman" quarterback. The Bears veteran has embraced that characterization.

McCown, who becomes an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, turns 35 this summer and has played on five different teams over his 11-year NFL career. He could add to that total this week if he chooses to leave Chicago, an outcome that seems more and more likely by the day.

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"We've talked to four teams," McCown said on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" show Monday morning, though he refused to name the four teams. "There have been good discussions and we'll take those as they come and evaluate those situations."

Filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, McCown exploded onto the scene with the Bears last year, throwing for 13 TDs and leading the NFL in interception percentage (0.4) and total QBR (85.1).

While his hot hand wasn't enough to lead the Bears to the playoffs, McCown likely priced himself out of Chicago with his resurgence. But the Texas native isn't thinking along those lines.

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"First off for me, 'the most likely scenario' is not an embraced statement in my household," McCown said. "Two years ago, I was coaching high school football and now I'm sitting here with you guys.

"You never know what's going to happen, but you're right. To leave Chicago, it'll be a situation where I'm going to look to compete to start and to be able to grow more as a player. The only way you can do that as a player is to be on the field.

"So that'll definitely be something we're looking at. We'll see what opportunities come and see where we're at tomorrow."