Last season, Chicago Bears fans were clamoring for quarterback Josh McCown. After starting quarterback Jay Cutler’s broken thumb ended the quarterback’s season, Caleb Hanie proved to be overwhelmed as a starting quarterback in the National Football League. McCown replaced Hanie as the team’s starting quarterback during a December 18 game against the Seattle Seahawks. McCown went on to start the final tw0 games of the 2011 season for the Chicago Bears.
McCown opened camp with the Bears this summer and the quarterback had an impressive showing during preseason. However, with Cutler and Jason Campbell already in place, the Bears viewed the third quarterback’s position as an luxury and not a need. For that reason, the Bears cut McCown at the end of the preseason. McCown has spent the entirety of the 2012 NFL season on the free agent market.
But with Cutler now dealing with a concussion and the possibility of Jason Campbell having to start on Monday growing increasingly likely, McCown has found his way to the Bears once again. Multiple sources reported on Monday that McCown will re-sign with the Bears.
This time around, there will be no push by the Chicago Bears’ fan base for McCown to be named the starting quarterback in place of the injured Cutler. Despite what some naive Bears may think after watching Campbell on Sunday night, the former Redskin and Raider is fully capable of being a starting quarterback in the National Football League. That is the reason why the Bears opted to sign Campbell in the off-season.
While McCown’s signing will not unseat Campbell as the replacement to Cutler if the starting quarterback is not cleared for Monday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers next week, the signing may be an indicator that the Bears feel Cutler will not be cleared by that time.