Bears sign Josh McCown

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A couple of moments after news broke that the Chiefs were awarded quarterback Kyle Orton on waivers, the Bears announced that they added a quarterback of their own.

The team signed Josh McCown to a one-year contract that was likely sitting in a drawer until the moment the team was sure that they would not be adding Orton for the stretch run. According to Adam Schefter, the Bears did put in a claim on Orton so McCown was their Plan B.

McCown was cut by the 49ers at the end of training camp. He spent 2010 in the UFL and has played with the Panthers, Dolphins, Raiders, Lions and Cardinals. McCown has started 31 games in his NFL career, but he’s probably best known for nearly getting his finger lopped off by brother Luke when the two of them were chopping wood before the start of the 2008 season. McCown was expected to start for the Dolphins that year but wound up traded to the Panthers after the team acquired Chad Pennington.

The addition of McCown gives the Bears a bit more depth, but it doesn’t give them a better option than Caleb Hanie over the final six weeks of the season. Hanie will have to do enough to keep the Bears on the playoff track or one of Lovie Smith’s best Chicago teams will find itself out of the mix come January.

26 responses to “Bears sign Josh McCown

  1. i like josh , hes a good player , can scramble, tough kid

    but still

    not better then culpepper or FAVRE

  2. well that makes no difference to their curerent situation…….might be tough for bears now. all comes down to falcons, saints , lions, giants and cowboys now,

  3. Looks like Detroit is the big winner since duh Bears have now officially dropped out of the NFC wildcard race.

  4. The best thing about any headline that includes “McCown” is that I know at least 2 other quarterbacks I completely forgot existed will be mentioned.

    If your team includes a McCown, it also includes at least one other awful awful QB.

    Or Jon Gruden. In which case, 4 other awful awful QBs.

  5. Third round pick in 02. Here’s the list of QB’s drafted in 02 in no particular order: David Carr, Joey Harrington, Josh McCown, Patrick Ramsey, Rohan Davey, David Garrard, Craig Nall, Brandon Doman, Randy Fasani, Kurt Kittner, JT O’Sullivan, Steve Bellisari, Jeff Kelly, Seth Buford, and Wes Pate.

    All time worst draft class for NFL quarterbacks?? Welcome back to the big time, Josh. Enjoy your stay…

  6. “…but he’s probably best known for nearly getting his finger lopped off by brother Luke when the two of them were chopping wood before the start of the 2008 season.”



  7. Looks like the Bears will ride Matt Forte and their defense into the playoffs, or watch from home.

  8. I can’t even read these moronic comments any more. The bears have a nasty defense and elite special teams. Not to mention an absurdly productive running game.

    Their schedule is also cake. Bears will coast to the #5 seed.

  9. Full disclosure. I’m a life-long packer fan, but the Bears will win no matter who is at qb. They have been successful for 50 years with a lousy qb and a great defense. Perfectly describes the 2011 Bears.

  10. Wow…some of these comments about the Bears not making the playoffs are not real bright. Considering the Bears recipe for winning that has them with the 3rdBears best fecord in the NFL…they will be fine with Haeni. A soft schedule has the Bears primes to go at least 3-3. That would make them 10-6 with some advantages in the tie-breakers. Consider that if Cutler had remained healthy and the Bears ran the table they would still be a wildcard because of Packer dominance. Bears are not a lock but the Cutler injury is not as devastating as many people seem to think(jerry rice)…Bears will be fine!

  11. mrplow3 says: Nov 23, 2011 4:54 PM

    Poor Culpepper, the man is practically begging for a job and the list of scrubs being taken over him is just…


    Hahaha…..I like how you said that like Culpepper isn’t ALSO a scrub.

    “Man, I can’t believe people keep buying these crappy old Fieros when they could have my Tercel. WTF?”

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