It was all but a formality, but Josh McCown's tenure in Chicago officially ended this afternoon when he agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with incentives that could make it as large as $15 million.
Later in the day Bucs head coach Lovie Smith revealed that McCown will start over second-year quarterback Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay's third-round pick in 2013.
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But will the Bears regret keeping Jay Cutler over McCown? Everyone knew the Bears were out of the running for McCown once free agency begins, but would it have been a better decision to keep McCown before giving Jay Cutler a seven-year deal and $54 million in guaranteed money?
In today's edition of The Rundown, Ryan McGuffey said yes.
"I think the Bears showed the ability to win with Josh McCown. I'm not saying they're winning a Super Bowl with Josh McCown, I think for two years you could have gotten by with Josh McCown, beefed up your defense, drafted a kid like a Jimmy Garoppolo -- maybe you trade up, trade down for Garoppolo maybe, and then when McCown's gone he's your guy of the future. That's the way I would have looked at it."
Either way, both McGuffey and Tom Cooper said it was smart for McCown to cash in when he had the chance. A career back-up, at age 34 he'll finally get the chance to start in Week 1 in the NFL for the first time since 2007.
"Josh McCown got paid, and he deserved to get paid," Cooper said. "He had one Lottery ticket and he used it. Now he's not going somewhere to win; he may say he is, he might think he is, but you don't take that deal to go to the Bucs if you expect to win."