Chicago Bears to keep back-up QB Josh McCown

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Chicago Bears back-up quarterback Josh McCown will stay with the NFC North team despite the fact that he will become available for free agency.

That is the opinions of former NFL players and now analysts Terrell Davis and Eric Davis as they countered the opinions of some NFL insiders.

Ian Rapoport has reported that there are several suitors that want a piece of McCown.

Rapoport tweeted today saying, "curious to see backup/starterish QB market. Josh McCown also an option for #Jets, per @MMehtaNYDN. Bucs, Bears also have strong interest."

Manish Mehta also reported that "Jets eying Bears QB Josh McCown in free agency."

However, Eric Davis believes that McCown knows his place in the NFL food chain, and that at the age of 34 he will choose to remain settled.

"Josh will be staying in Chicago. He's been playing in the league for long enough now, we know what he is. He's a back-up quarterback. He can come in and win some games.

"Nobody is going to build their organisation around Josh. If he gets his chance, you saw what he was capable of [last season]."

The Bears are the fifth NFL team that McCown has played for in his career, which has included Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers and the Bears.

However, he didn't start games at either the Lions or the Panthers, with the move to Chicago only securing starts at his third different club. 

McCown is certainly a back-up when it comes to his stats, with a 16-22 record as a start in the NFL, so wherever he goes it will to be a back-up signal caller. 

Terrell Davis echoed those back-up QB sentiments. "He came in over a six game stretch [during the 2013 season] and won three games. He served his purpose. As a back-up you make sure that you come in and hold down the fort for a period of time."

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