The Chicago Bears are very limited in what they can offer Josh McCown based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Chicago Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown has done an exceptional job in his role this season, so exceptional that we may have seen the last of him in a Chicago Bears uniform.
Collective Bargaining Agreement Restrictions
Jason La Canfora of CBS reports that the Chicago Bears cannot extend McCown per the collective bargaining agreement, they would only be able to offer McCown a one year deal for 2014, at minimum salary.
Cutler, who returns Sunday as starter after missing about six games with injury, is an unrestricted free agent and GM Phil Emery has said it’s unlikely the team will franchise. And, by Chicago’s insistence on a minimum-salary benefit deal for McCown, they, per the collective bargaining agreement, can only offer McCown a one-year extension for 2014 again at the minimum-salary benefit level. McCown’s performance has rendered that obsolete. (via CBS)
This was all because Chicago offered McCown the minimum veteran salary at the beginning of the season. Had they offered him even $1 more, they would be protected from the collective bargaining agreement as it would be more than the minimum salary. Since they didn’t, McCown can now test free agency after the season.
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Josh McCown, True Class
Through all of this ‘controversy’ Josh McCown should be applauded with the way he played and acted about the situation. “I believed in him, 100 percent,” McCown said about Cutlery after the Bears victory over the Cleveland Browns. True class.
As Chicago fans continue to argue back and forth over who the starter should be, many are failing to realize that Josh McCown may never take another snap for the Chicago Bears…ever. If McCown enters free agency many are predicting him to be the 2014 version of Matt Cassell, expecting to get between $3.5-$5 million per season. The Bears cannot afford this, and they cannot offer this either based on the rules of the collective bargaining agreement. The Bears would only be able to offer the league minimum, again, on a one year deal.
Chicago Bears cannot extend Josh McCown based on Collective Bargaining Agreement
Therefore, the question is not “Cutler or McCown?” any longer. The question has become “Will Josh McCown ever take another snap as a Chicago Bear?”
Barring injury, probably not.
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