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McCown agrees to one-year contract

Posted Mar 14, 2012

The Bears landed a backup quarterback for the second straight day Wednesday when they agreed to terms with veteran Josh McCown on a one-year contract.

The Bears landed a backup quarterback for the second straight day Wednesday when they agreed to terms with veteran Josh McCown on a one-year contract.

McCown opened last season as a high school football coach in North Carolina and closed it as the Bears’ starting quarterback after Caleb Hanie struggled in place of the injured Jay Cutler.

Appearing in three games with two starts, McCown completed 35 of 55 passes for 414 yards with two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 68.3 passer rating. He also rushed for 68 yards on 12 attempts.

In last year’s season finale, McCown led the Bears to a 17-13 win over the Vikings in Minnesota by connecting on 15 of 25 passes for 160 yards with one TD, one interception and a 75.4 passer rating.

One week earlier, McCown had completed 19 of 28 attempts for 242 yards with one TD, two interceptions and a 76.8 rating in a 35-21 loss to the Packers in Green Bay.

“He’s been steady,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said following the season finale at the Metrodome. “He’s put in two steady games and he’s given us an opportunity to win both of them. It was just a great job by him coming in, not having training camp with us and all of that.”

McCown originally signed with the Bears last Nov. 23 after the team put in a waiver claim but failed to land veteran Kyle Orton, who was awarded to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Prior to joining the Bears, McCown had started 31 of 47 games played in eight NFL seasons with the Cardinals (2002-05), Lions (2006), Raiders (2007) and Panthers (2009), completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 6,584 yards with 35 touchdowns, 40 interceptions and a 71.3 passer rating.

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One day before re-signing McCown, the Bears agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Jason Campbell on a one-year deal. Campbell has started 70 of 71 games in six NFL seasons with the Redskins (2006-09) and Raiders (2010-11), completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 14,417 yards with 74 TDs, 50 interceptions and an 82.8 passer rating.

In addition to Cutler, Campbell and McCown, the Bears have a fourth quarterback under contract in Nathan Enderle, a 2011 fifth-round draft pick who did not play as a rookie.

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