The Chicago Bears have some questions to answer this offseason and the list of players they’re likely to lose is longer than they’d like. From Charles Tillman to Julius Peppers, the Bears could look very different next year than they did this year.
One name that is almost certainly not coming back is backup quarterback Josh McCown. After filling in brilliantly for and injured Jay Cutler in 2013, McCown has secured himself a nice paycheck from someone in the offseason. That paycheck may not be able to come from the Bears though, as their offseason plans could be to put money back into the defense rather than the backup quarterback position.
However, McCown may be open to a discounted deal with Chicago, as he told WMVP 1000 in Chicago that he wants to return to the Bears in 2014.
This may mean McCown could take a lesser salary with the Bears and be able to return, but doing so may still not be enough to bring him back. Chicago did learn how valuable the backup quarterback role is on a team is though, so the two sides may come to a mutual agreement about a 2014 salary that returns McCown to the Bears.