Posted December 25, 2013

Josh McCown may retire after Bears’ season

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Josh McCown was named the NFL's Offensive Player Of The Week for Week 14. (Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

Josh McCown was named the NFL’s Offensive Player Of The Week for Week 14. (Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown may hang it up after this season to spend more time with his family.

The 34-year-old, who was named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Week earlier in December, told Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times that he’ll have to make the decision this offseason when he becomes a free agent, but retiring from the NFL is one option he’ll consider to spend more time with his wife, two sons and two daughters in North Carolina. Jahns reported McCown’s family will play “the most influential role” in determining whether he returns to the Bears — or the NFL — next season.

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“Whether it’s us living together and moving quite possibly or just being done playing, one or the other, it’s just figuring out a way to be together…I know that there is a time coming where it’s going to get harder and harder.”

McCown has seen somewhat of a breakout this year, stepping in for the injured Jay Cutler who returned this month after missing four games with a high ankle sprain suffered Nov. 10. against the Detroit Lions. McCown’s Offensive Player of the Week award came after completing 27 of 36 passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 141.9 passer rating in a 45-28 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 9.

The NFL journeyman has been on seven NFL rosters since getting drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2002 draft.

The Bears, currently 8-7, wrap up their regular season at home Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The winner of that game will clinch the NFC North and a spot in the playoffs.

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40 comments
stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Bears should've stayed w/ the hot hand and why quit now, this is the best you've ever played.  

Octavio
Octavio

He's been fun to watch this year.  Made some great plays.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Who cares if he retires , he is crap anyways, so what if he had a few good weeks of football, he is 34 he has always been crap his entire career, if he had a brady / manning skill set , you are telling me he would consider retiring.,,,, heck no...  SO SPARE me this family B.S

6marK6
6marK6

Well, that would mean in one game, if Cutler starts.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

It may be that he feels he has played quality football this season and has no desire to be a low paid backup.  If he is offered a starting job somewhere, I suspect he would play.  I think its very hard for some players to sit on the bench, even if collecting good $$. 

George
George

Bad news for da' Bears if he does retire.   Then they're stuck with cutler and will be forced to over-pay him for the same lousy results.


Another example of how the good guys have their ducks in a row

and the jerks like cutler don't.

WadeWilson
WadeWilson

let go of cutler. resign mccown to a one year contract with a team option for another year then draft a potential franchise quarterback that will redshirt the next season. cutler will be too expensive for what his actual value is.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Guess the Bears are resigning Cutler.  Good luck with that.

John4
John4

Wow, a 34 year old backup QB is pondering retirement.  That IS news!

Fallow
Fallow

Josh has played his way into a contract worth a few million dollars/year for several years. I respect and admire his emphasis on family, but I think he'd be doing them a big favor by capitalizing on his good play and securing their financial stability. And it's not like he'd never see them — NFL players are home a good portion of the year.

Michael164
Michael164

Sounds to me like this is a guy with his priorities in order.

Frank14
Frank14

whole off season to spend time with family?

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Want to beat the packers this week & go to the playoffs? Start him over Cvntler.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

A very personal decision.  But barring a special need or health-issue McCown bears, hard to imagine Josh'd pass on what should be the most lucrative contract of his 10-yr NFL career this summer ("free agent").  The League is hungry for savvy, fit QBs and will pay accordingly.  And while there's risk (injury / age), that money could go a long way in providing further for he & his "family" in his 'advancing' years.  Cost...benefit...negotiation.

VirakChan
VirakChan

Don't retire. You're a better QB than Cutler.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler He's shown himself to be the kind of quarterback that most teams wish that had as a backup, and 5 or 6 teams at least wish they had as a starter.  Whether or not he has Manning/Brady skills is irrelevant.  If he wants to play next year there will be a dozen teams interested in signing him, including the team that he played for this season.


IMO, this is just leverage to let the Bears know that he isn't going to take the league minimum next year.  McCown has earned a multi million dollar contract.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@George  If Cutler will settle for less than Stafford/Flacco money he'll be back with the Bears, regardless.  If he wants to break the bank then he'll probably get traded.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@WadeWilson That's how it works in baseball, not football.  The bears could sign him to a 10 year contract if they want to and still cut him after the 1st year and have no obligation to him, so team options are unnecessary.  It's pretty funny that 4 people liked this comment.  

kj4027
kj4027

@Michael164 Really? Quit a high paying job that supports his family in order to spend more time with them? He's only 34, you really think he has made enough money to support his family and himself for the next 50 years?

swededawg52
swededawg52

@Frank14 Some people believe family is more important than more money.  What a foreign thought that used to be the norm.  Putting others ahead of your self used to be a virtue in this country that made it great and unique.

jdane
jdane

@KeysSteven Do you suppose there are ways to provide for one's family other than giving them money?

armandsmith
armandsmith

@VirakChan Yes he earned the job to stay as the starter but no they went with Cutler.. how did that work out.

leon1376
leon1376

@VirakChan Lots of players are leaving the league because of all the nonsense. It's been getting pretty bad lately. No player really talks about it but the NFL has changed for the worse in the past decade or so. 

Michael164
Michael164

Another season means more blows to the head and mor crippling tackles. Wanting to be able to walk and to recognize his family seems more important to him.

Michael164
Michael164

Don't project what you want onto McCown. Another season means more blows to the head and crippling tackles. Wanting to be able to walk and to recognize his family is possibly more important to him.

leon1376
leon1376

@kj4027 @Michael164 Why not? Eleven years in the league at his level should give him at least 10 mil in the bank. Invested properly, that should give you a paycheck of $50,000 per month. If his house is paid for, and he's not plagued by hordes of greedy relatives, he's golden. I would guess he has more than that though.  

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@kj4027 You talk like he can't get a job outside of football.  He, in fact, had a job outside of football before signing with the Bears last year.  And that he isn't in the upper-echelon of contracts (in fact, barely in the middle echelon) means that there's less of a likelihood that he blew through all the money he's made the last two seasons (which is more than enough for most people to make ends meet for a while).

So, yes, it sounds like he has his priorities in order:  family and a regular job over a sport that could affect his way of life at any second.

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

@jdane @KeysSteven You know, I did try to pay my mortgage by washing my bank manager's car - and offered the local utility company a homemade apple pie in lieu of paying our hydro bill.  Alas, money does indeed make the world go round, so while I'm sure Josh is a great father in all aspects, ONE of his roles is actually to provide the necessities of life to his family, which requires money.  If you have found some secret to paying for things that doesn't require money, please right a book, so that others may share in your good fortune.  Otherwise, stop with the nonsensical BS.


Happy Holidays.

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

@Darren - Great perspective. Anybody with multiple millions in the bank hardly has to worry about having enough money to provide for his family. Take it from somebody who needs pain pills to get through the day, having good health as you get older is a tremendous benefit. Spending time with your family and kids while they're young is priceless. There are lots of jobs that are fun and productive after his experience with football that also contribute greatly to others.

Darren5
Darren5

@Shooter McGavin 19711@jdane@KeysStevenThat is a terrible argument.  To think that a guy who is smart enough to learn the NFL playbook for seven teams, and works hard enough to play in the NFL cannot find a job to support his family is very silly.  He seems like he is plenty competent to know if he should continue playing football, or hang it up.  He leads an offense very effectively, I bet he can lead/manage a team of employees in many companies just fine.


If you have found some insight into his financial situation, desires, dreams, and competency to make the best decisions for him family please let us know.  Otherwise stop pretending that you know what is best for him.  One of the rare times somebody in sports makes a decision that is not primarily centered around money should be celebrated in my opinion.

Bill82
Bill82

@Shooter McGavin 19711@jdane@KeysStevenTo put in perspective, the necessities of life aren't that expensive.  It depends on lifestyle which he doesn't have to have one greater than his income.  A ten year career in the NFL, even at the level he played, is still quite lucrative and if he was fiscally responsible he may not need to work the rest of his life while still supporting his family.  Though, in case he does need to work I'd like to think he wouldn't need to live on an NFL back up quarterback salary to provide the necessities for his family.  There aren't too many regular jobs that pay that.