Josh McCown signed the richest contract of his career this off-season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCown cashed in on a career-year that saw the veteran quarterback throw 13 touchdown passes against only 1 interception in place of an injured Jay Cutler.
McCown’s success was one of the top stories in the NFL last season. That would be why the Bears realized that their chances of retaining the veteran backup would be hard with teams interested in McCown as a starter.
While speaking about McCown at the NFL Owners Meetings on Sunday, Trestman admitted that he was happy for the quarterback.
“It’s not tough at all [to lose McCown],” Trestman said. “We expressed our desire to want him back, but we’re totally excited about [his situation]. This is an example of how it should be. A guy gets an opportunity, he has success, other people see that he can help them and he’s able to benefit [professionally and economically].-Marc Trestman, Chicago Sun Times
The only way that McCown was going to return to the Bears was if no team was interested in him as a starter. The Buccaneers were interested in McCown from the start of free agency and instantly pegged the veteran as their starter.
Jordan Palmer is now set to be the backup to Cutler and Trestman was impressed with what he saw from Palmer last season.
“Jordan did a great job,” Trestman said. “He literally had to learn the offense on his own. He was very proactive with the guys and helpful. He was good in the meeting room, and I felt we had a very good dynamic with him.”-Trestman, Chicago Sun Times
The irony is that the complaints about Palmer that are likely to surface this summer will mirror the ones heard about McCown last summer.