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Trestman Happy To See McCown Get Opportunity To Start

Josh McCown. (Getty Images)

Josh McCown. (Getty Images)

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(CBS) Bears coach Marc Trestman told the Chicago Sun-Times he’s pleased to see former Chicago quarterback Josh McCown get the starter’s job in Tampa, where McCown signed two-year, $10-million deal after playing superbly for the Bears in relief of injured starter Jay Cutler last season.

“It’s not tough at all (to lose McCown),” Trestman said, according to the Sun-Times. “We expressed our desire to want him back, but we’re totally excited about (his situation). This is an example of how it should be. A guy gets an opportunity, he has success, other people see that he can help them and he’s able to benefit (professionally and economically).

“I don’t know that it could happen any better or if there’s a better example of what it’s supposed to be about.”

The 34-year-old McCown had a passer rating of 109.0 in eight games, including five starts, in Chicago in 2013. He threw 13 touchdowns and one interception. The Bears were interested in re-signing him but never entertained thoughts of giving him the type of contract that the Bucs did.