Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) under center during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Free Agency Rumors: Josh McCown Meeting With Teams

Chicago Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown is expecting to cash-in after a 2013 season that saw McCown thrive while playing in place of an injured Cutler.

ESPN Chicago reported on Tuesday that McCown is set to visit with the New York Jets, Houston Texans, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With the Bears in 2013, McCown passed for 13 touchdowns and 1 interception while posting a QBR of 85.1.

McCown has previously stated that money would not be a determining factor in his free agency decision. McCown likely is in search of a starting opportunity. The Jets, Texans, and Buccaneers all figure to be in the market for a starting quarterback. The Texans and Buccaneers both figure to have young quarterbacks that McCown could mentor.

Mike Glennon had a promising season last season as a starting quarterback for the Buccaneers and former Bears head coach Lovie Smith could have interest in bringing in McCown to push Glennon.

The Texans are expected to draft a quarterback in the early rounds of the draft and McCown could be the starter in Houston while the young quarterback develops.

If McCown is offered a starting opportunity elsewhere, he almost certainly will not be returning to the Bears. However, if money is the only factor, McCown will likely return to the Bears in 2014 to backup Jay Cutler.

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