Bears keep Josh McCown on one-year deal


The Chicago Bears announced Wednesday that they have re-signed quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year contract.

Jason Campbell will be Jay Cutler’s new primary backup, but McCown performed well enough down the stretch last season to earn another look. The transaction could spell the end of 2011 fifth-round pick Nate Enderle’s time in Chicago.

McCown, 33 in July, appeared in three games late last year, starting two. He completed 63.6 percent of his passes and threw two touchdown passes. While McCown was intercepted four times, he at least played competitively for most of Week Sixteen against the Packers, and led Chicago to a Week Seventeen win over the Vikings.

If the Bears hold a camp battle for the third-string quarterback job, McCown won’t struggle to beat out Enderle.