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A Look at New Chicago Bears (Back-Up) Quarterback Josh McCown

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The Chicago Bears, having lost out on ORTONPALOOZA to the Kansas City Chiefs (or possibly the Dallas Cowboys, if Tyler Palko hadn't sucked so bad), have signed Quarterback Josh McCown.

McCown, 32, was a 3rd round pick in the 2002 draft out of Sam Houston State, and was considered for the Walter Payton award.

Look after the jump for a bit of background on McCown, and a look at his career stats.

Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, McCown often struggled at first behind starter Jake Plummer. He had a solid, but unspectacular season in 2004, and was then replaced by Kurt Warner.

As a free agent, McCown signed a two year deal with the Lions, and was traded after one of those to the Oakland Raiders. After an injury-plagued season with Oakland, he moved on to the Carolina Panthers, where he served as a backup to Jake Delhomme.

McCown's last NFL action was in 2009, when he played in one game for the Panthers, going 1/6 for 2 yards, and taking a sack.  Here's a look at his stats, courtesy of nfl.com:

Season Team Passing Rushing Fumbles
G GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
2009 Carolina Panthers 1 0 1 6 16.7 2 0.3 0 0 1 6 39.6 -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 Carolina Panthers 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 4 -3 -0.8 0 -- --
2007 Oakland Raiders 9 9 111 190 58.4 1,151 6.1 10 11 14 92 69.4 29 143 4.9 0 11 3
2006 Detroit Lions 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 Arizona Cardinals 9 6 163 270 60.4 1,836 6.8 9 11 18 101 74.9 29 139 4.8 0 5 3
2004 Arizona Cardinals 14 13 233 408 57.1 2,511 6.2 11 10 31 263 74.1 36 112 3.1 2 12 5
2003 Arizona Cardinals 8 3 95 166 57.2 1,018 6.1 5 6 25 174 70.3 28 158 5.6 1 10 2
2002 Arizona Cardinals 2 0 7 18 38.9 66 3.7 0 2 5 50 10.2 1 20 20.0 0 1 1
TOTAL 610 1,058 57.7 6,584 6.2 35 40 94 686 71.3 127 569 4.5 3 39 14

Like it or not, Bears fans, McCown will be the next in line after Hanie. Sound off below.