Some players who had the year that Josh McCown did would hit the free agency market looking to cash in big one more time in their career. But Bears running back Matt Forte doesn't believe his 2013 teammate is looking for a big contract heading into free agency on Tuesday.
"It's more about family," Forte said. "It's more about security. He's got his family here in Chicago. For him to be locked up here for a while, it would allow him to move his whole family here."
McCown stepped in for an injured Jay Cutler in the Bears' loss to the Redskins in Week 7 and the offense didn't miss much of a beat. He took advantage of having two extremely talented receivers in Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall and targeted them early and often. His effort in relief, Forte said, has made him a "hot commodity" this offseason. The Bears look to be creating more cap room as they explore trade options with other teams concerning Julius Peppers.
Forte knows there's a very real chance the franchise loses its backup quarterback when free agency begins on Tuesday.
"If we don't get to sign him, it's good luck to him and what he does," Forte said. "We'll miss him more off the field than on the field. Josh is such a great teammate. He mentors a lot of guys on our team. He's just an absolute professional in what he does."