Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown (12) looks to pass during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Free Agency News: Josh McCown Signs With Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Josh McCown will officially not be returning to the Chicago Bears in 2014.

On Wednesday, McCown agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For McCown to leave the Bears in favor of the Buccaneers, the former Bears backup quarterback was likely offered a starting opportunity.

From the start of his free agency tour, McCown has indicated that the only way he would leave the Bears would be if he was offered a starting opportunity. That is an opportunity that McCown earned after his stellar play with the Bears in 2013.

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

It will be interesting to see how McCown fares in 2014 as a starting quarterback. The belief was last season that McCown’s success was largely attributed to the coaching of head coach Marc Trestman. McCown flourished in Trestman’s system last season.

Trestman’s system is the reason why the loss of McCown is not that important. Trestman has proven to be a quarterback guru in his first season with the Bears. Meaning Trestman should be able to find another back-up quarterback that he can mold into his system.

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