Bears meet with Josh McCown at combine

The Chicago Bears are showing serious interest in free-agent quarterback Josh McCown at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, meeting with him twice today in Indianapolis.

This morning, Chicago Bears head coach John Fox and free-agent quarterback Josh McCown were spotted have breakfast together by ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.

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McCown also met with GM Ryan Pace and offensive coordinator Adam Gase in Indianapolis. Gase was McCown's QB coach in Detroit in 2006.

"I’ve known him over the years," Pace said. "We did meet with him, we met with him this morning. And I’ve always respected him as a person, an individual and also as a player. It’s just us being thorough and evaluating that position."

After a 2-14 season with the Bucs in 2014, Tampa Bay released McCown this offseason. This comes just one year after McCown started five games for the Bears, throwing 10 TDs compared to just one interception, good for a 109.0 QB rating, which was second highest in the NFL in 2013.

Obviously, the Bears are interested in McCown returning to Chicago.

"There’s obviously interest, or we probably wouldn’t have met with him," Fox said today. "But he’s, again, a guy that’s had opportunities as a starter in this league. He’s served as a backup. He’s the right kind of guy, I know from my perspective, that you want on your football team. So we’ll see where it goes. He’s got relationships with a lot of people in this league — you know they have high opinions of him. We’ll see where that goes."

McCown played for Fox in Carolina in 2008 and 2009, so there's familiarity between coach and player.

Whether the Bears want McCown to return as a starter or backup is unclear, as Fox danced around questions regarding the team’s level of commitment to Jay Cutler.

"I don’t think there’s any question that there’s ability and talent there. [But] there’s a lot more that goes into it, and we’re evaluating that as we speak," said Fox.

McCown is also reportedly receiving interest from the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, where his former coach Marc Trestman is offensive coordinator.

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