With quarterback Jason Campbell off to Cleveland to compete for a starting job, the Bears agreed to terms with veteran Josh McCown on a one-year deal to back up Jay Cutler on Friday.
McCown has a strong bond with Cutler, who has praised McCown in the past. Cutler even told general manager Phil Emery last year that he wasn't happy that McCown was released after the 2012 preseason.
"There are so many different aspects to what he brings to this team, especially for me," Cutler said of McCown last season. "He's been in a lot of different situations, and he's been in the league a long time. He's had success, he's had down years, and he's just a positive guy.
"It's a grind-it-out league, and you need some optimism and some positivity, and he brings that."
This will be McCown's third consecutive season with the Bears. He was signed in the middle of last season after Cutler suffered his concussion.
McCown, who is entering is 11th season in the league, has started 33 games in his career. He has played in three games for the Bears, including two starts. In those three games, he's completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 414 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.