The Bears want quarterback Josh McCown back in 2014, but the club knows they will need to have a contingency plan in place if the veteran departs this offseason.
Rumors have already flown that the New York Jets have heavy interest in McCown, who threw 13 touchdowns to only one interception in eight appearances in 2013. McCown played well enough to earn an opportunity to start and one former NFL MVP doesn't expect to see him in Chicago next season.
"I think Josh McCown is going to get an opportunity to go play somewhere else," SiriusXM NFL Radio's Rich Gannon told former Bears quarterback Jim Miller at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "He deserves another opportunity. I think the Bears would love to have him back, but they certainly respect the fact that he played well enough and he's a free agent. He deserves to go somewhere else and compete for a starting job.
Regardless of what McCown does in free agency, both Gannon and Miller believe the Bears should be looking at a quarterback to groom behind current starter Jay Cutler.
It's a pretty safe bet that the Bears won't be selecting a quarterback on Day 1 of the NFL Draft, but with the 2014 QB Class being one of the deepest it's been in years, general manager Phil Emery may could find a gem in the later rounds.
"I think you're always looking at that position and if you aren't, you're foolish," Gannon said. "I think there's a good chance the Bears look and draft another quarterback, maybe around the fourth and fifth round."
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