Bears QB Josh McCown not sure he'll play next season

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Is Josh McCown thinking about not coming back next season? (USATSI)
Is Josh McCown thinking about not coming back next season? (USATSI)

Since Bears quarterback Josh McCown has had such a surprisingly good season and because his contract with Chicago is not so friendly to the team, it's unclear if he'll return to the Bears next season.

Coupled with the impending free agency of Jay Cutler and what he'll try to command on the market -- unless the team just goes ahead and franchise tags him -- Chicago's 2014 quarterbacking situation is uncomfortably unknown.

And at this point, it's even unclear whether the 34-year-old McCown will return to play in the NFL at all. The reason: he's tired of missing his family, who live in North Carolina while he plays in Chicago.

Here are his thoughts, via the Chicago Sun Times:

“It's a year-to-year thing of how long is this going to be," he said. "In our minds, when we commit to it, it's for a year. So to be apart like this, it's a tough deal. But it's something everybody [in my family] talks about, including my daughter, my oldest, especially, just sitting with her, ‘Is all this OK? Are you cool with this?' So she's been great with it all.

“But for me, I know that there is a time coming where it's going to get harder and harder. I kind of have a thought process in my mind of: I don't know if I want to do this and let her get out of my house having done this the last four years where we live apart."

Still, it might be hard to resist a multi-million dollar contract if another team offers him.

He's certainly deserved it with his play this season. He's had to start five games while replacing the injured Cutler, and overall, he's completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 1,829 yards, 13 touchdowns and just one interception while leading the team to three victories and a chance to make the postseason.

Plus, there were rumblings throughout his tenure as the Bears starter that perhaps the team shouldn't be so quick to return Cutler to the No. 1 spot when he was healthy enough to play.

But even with a future that could be filled with riches, McCown still isn't sure he'll make the commitment.

“There's not enough money in the world to justify and make it feel OK to miss [his kids'] games and stuff like that," McCown said. "It's a process. It's things that we think about, quite honestly, moving forward in my career in the direction, ‘Are we going to keep playing?' All those things, because it's a real question, because those things are hard.”

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