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

NFL Rumors: Minnesota Vikings to pursue signing Josh McCown?


The Minnesota Vikings have been in desperate need of a quarterback who isn’t a temporary bad-aid, yet they have found themselves in the very ironic situation of needing that very thing to bridge the gap to a new franchise quarterback.

It’s almost a certainty that they Vikings will draft a quarterback this May and groom him to take over for the future. But in the meantime, a veteran signal caller is expected to be signed and the names of candidates are starting to pile up. Michael Vick is a popular name at the moment but CBSSports.com insider Jason La Canfora puts his finger on Josh McCown from the Chicago Bears.

Per La Canfora:

McCown was outstanding in Chicago last season and he has plenty of suitors after the Bears paid (I’d say grossly overpaid) to keep Jay Cutler. Going from one quarterback whisperer — Marc Trestman — to another (Norv Turner) makes a ton of sense, and the Vikings have some emerging talent on offense and McCown already knows the division quite well.

This is one of those suggestions that makes so much sense you’re not sure why you didn’t get behind it more. The Vikiings need an NFC North quarterback and McCown has proved he can be an NFC North quarterback capable of being a substitute teacher who keeps the seat warm. He did it with Cutler in Chicago and, if it means he’ll be a starter, he might do it in Minnesota as well.

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  • mike

    Not a bad idea at all. The ‘mock experts’ keep switching around but the thing is there is no guaranty especially at the qtb position. This way there is something in the bank and who’s to say he can’t do the job. Stranger things have happened.

  • Darren Wolf

    McCown’s best place to sign is right back in Chicago w/Trestman’s offense. That being said I thought he’d be a decent stop gap QB that could start for MN while they bring along whomever they draft. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen since they resigned the inferior Cassel. (& it pains me to think what they’re paying him for 2 year deal since he opted out of the $3.7m he would’ve been paid for next year)