Bears Sign QB Josh McCown; Orton To Chiefs

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Bears signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year deal on Wednesday, as starting QB Jay Cutler underwent surgery on a broken thumb.

Meantime, the Kansas City Chiefs snapped up former Bears and Broncos QB Kyle Orton off waivers from Denver before the Bears had a chance.

The Bears have handed over starting duties to backup Caleb Hanie while Cutler is recovering from surgery on his broken thumb, but coach Lovie Smith had said the team would go after a veteran quarterback as well.

McCown, 32, has played eight seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2002. He’s also played for the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers.

One benefit to signing McCown would be that he has played for offensive coordinator Mike Martz before while in Detroit in 2006.

McCown has started 31 games in the NFL, playing 47 games total. He has 6,584 passing yards in his career with 35 touchdowns, 40 interceptions and a 71.3 career passer rating.

The Bears had also expressed interest Orton after he was waived by the Broncos. Orton played for the Bears from 2005 until he was traded to Denver in the deal to get Cutler in 2009, so would have brought some familiarity with the Bears receivers and, unlike McCown, already has been playing in the NFL this season.

But reported Wednesday afternoon that the Kansas City Chiefs claimed Orton off waivers. The Chiefs had first shot at Orton over the Bears in the NFL waiver process.

  • Paul Schaber

    71.3 career passer rating doesn’t sound too hot, actually puts him close to the bottom of the heap when you check stats for the season. No wonder he’s been traded around so much. I guess the Bears just needed a warm body. Oh well, good luck Bears

  • Steve Novak

    You gotta be $&@,$&@$ kiidding me this is a joke right

  • Proud, Proud Meatball

    Sounds waaaay to close to McNown for me.

    Couldn’t we find someone who’s name is similar to someone that isn’t the source of nightmares? How about Grady, or Tanning, or even Bontana?

    Not McCown-McNown.


    If the defense stays healthy, this could be ’84 all over again.
    The Lions are rolling back. Is it just me, or does Stafford telegraph every play?
    Dallas is hiding in the weeds, but the Giants are happy to recreate Chargers magic in the NFC.
    The Saints do not have a threatening defense.
    At least, Cutler went down fighting.
    Otherwise, it’s time to start thinking about 2011-2012 blockbuster season.
    Sherlock Holmes looks cool. I’ll pass on Girl who looks like James Bond with the Stuff on her Face

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