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Josh McCown Signs Three-Year Deal with Browns

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year deal on Friday.

McCown spent last season with the Buccaneers and finished 1-10 before being released.

During his 11 games as the starter, McCown had completed 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers.

His signing points towards the end of the Brian Hoyer era in Cleveland.  Hoyer is scheduled to be a free agent.

McCown has played for the Cardinals, Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears and Bucs in a 12-year career.

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is the only quarterback still on the roster and is currently in rehab.

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Bucs Cut Ties with QB McCown

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(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- One year after signing Josh McCown, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tossed the quarterback off the port bow.

The team announced Wednesday that they released McCown the year after they agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract.

McCown started 11 games for Tampa Bay, completing 56.3% of his passes for 2,206 yards and 11 touchdowns while committing 18 turnovers. 

The Buccaneers had hoped that McCown would show a similar flair to that of his 2013 season with the Chicago Bears, when found success throwing to the towering Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In Tampa, McCown couldn't find a similar rhythm with Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans.

Currently, Mike Glennon is the only quarterback on Bucs' roster who has regular season experience. According to Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds, the team may be willing to trade Glennon for a fourth round pick.

Tampa Bay possesses the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and a report from ESPN's Pat Yasinskas suggests the team will take Florida State's Jameis Winston.

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Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler Will Start on Sunday 

Nick Laham/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Jay Cutler is healthy, and just as promised by head coach Marc Trestman, he will be the team's starting quarterback this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Cutler had missed the previous four games after suffering a severe high-ankle sprain back in Week 10.

While Cutler's return should be a welcomed sight, some are wondering if the team should have left backup quarterback Josh McCown as the team's starting quarterback.

Since talking over for Cutler, McCown has been one of the best quarterback in the NFC. While appearing in seven games this season, the 34-year-old McCown has completed 66.8% of his passes while throwing for 1,809 yards, 13 touchdowns, and just one interception.

"We have a very close quarterback room," Trestman said. "Everybody knows our situation. There was never a doubt that this was the direction we were gonna go. We said that from the beginning. Josh did a tremendous job filling in as the backup. Jay's healthy and ready to go and will play on Sunday."

Cutler is in his fifth season with the Bears, and will be a free agent at the end of the season.

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McCown Leads Bears Past Cowboys

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown threw for 348 yards, four touchdowns and ran for another as the Bears ripped the Dallas Cowboys 45-28, Monday night.

The score was actually tied 14-14 with less than two minutes to play in the first half, but the Bears proceeded to score 28 unanswered points to blow the Cowboys away.

The game was played in extreme cold, with the temperature sitting in single digits. Cold weather like that might be a problem for a team from Dallas, but Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett wasn't buying that.

"I thought we handled the weather well to be honest with you," Garrett said to the media after the game. "The field was good. It was cold but it seemed everyone handled the ball pretty well."

Too bad for the Cowboys the Bears handled it better.

The Bears gained 497 total yards of offense and put up their highest point total of the season.

Much of that had to do with McCown.

McCown has started the last four weeks in place of Jay Cutler, who is nursing a high ankle sprain. During that time the Bears are 2-2 with wins over Baltimore and now Dallas.

"He's comfortable out there," Bears running back Matt Forte said of McCown. "No game is too big for him. I'm proud of Josh and he's doing a great job."

So is Chicago (7-6), which is now tied atop the NFC North with Detroit. Meanwhile Dallas (7-6), sits a game behind Philadelphia for first in the NFC East.

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Cutler Out Monday Versus Dallas

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced Thursday that quarterback Jay Cutler will not suit up for the team's game Monday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Cutler is dealing with a high ankle sprain which has caused him to miss the Bears' last three games. Cutler did practice in a limited capacity on Thursday.

"There's a lot of clarity to Jay's and our communication," Trestman said. "Jay's very clear on where he is medically. We've been very, very clear that he's got to be released by the doctors before he can play. He's come to terms with that. He's a strong-willed, strong-minded guy. He can't control this decision on Monday other than to continue to work at his rehab."

With Cutler out, Josh McCown will start at quarterback for the third straight week. McCown has thrown for 1,461 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception this season.

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Minnesota Stuns Chicago in Overtime Win

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) -- Blair Walsh made a 34-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining in overtime to give the Vikings a 23-20 win over division rival Chicago on Sunday. The win puts Minnesota at 3-8-1 while dropping the Bears to 6-6 and a full game outside of first place in the NFC North.

A back-and-forth contest saw Minnesota lead 7-6 at halftime. That advantage would not hold up as the Bears got two touchdown receptions from Alshon Jeffery in the third quarter to go ahead 20-10. Jeffery finished the day with 249 receiving yards on 12 catches and two touchdowns. Backup quarterback Josh McCown, who started for an injured Jay Cutler, totaled 355 passing yards to go along with the two scores.

The Vikings would storm back in the fourth, reeling off 10 straight points to force overtime. Matt Cassel, another quarterback playing in place of an injured starter, threw for 243 yards and an interception but did find Greg Jennings for a fourth quarter touchdown to help in the comeback. 

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson again carried the load, rushing for 211 yards on 35 carries. The fifth 200-yard game of Peterson's career helped him eclipse the 10,000 career yard plateau. Last year's MVP becomes the third faster player to reach that mark behind only Eric Dickerson and Jim Brown.

Walsh had connected on a 39-yard attempt earlier in the extra period, but that was waved off after a penalty and the ensuing 57-yard try went wide. The Bears then had a chance to win the contest but Robbie Gould missed a 47-yarder that left the door open for the Vikings.

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Rodgers Hurt as Bears Stuff Packers 27-20

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) --  Josh McCown threw for two touchdown passes as the Chicago Bears topped the Green Bay Packers 27-20 on Monday night, earning a rare victory at Lambeau Field.

The Packers lost starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a shoulder injury in the first quarter.  He was sacked by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin on the first series of the game and was taken back into the locker room.  He did not return.

"He has a shoulder injury," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "They want to run more tests. They don't have an exact diagnosis. We'll have more information, probably tomorrow."

Backup Seneca Wallace entered the game for Rodgers and threw for 114 yards and an interception.  Rookie running back Eddie Lacy shouldered the load offensively for the Packers, (5-3) rushing for 150 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Forte rushed for 125 yards and a score to help the Bears pull into a three-way tie with the Packers and Detroit Lions atop the NFC North.  They all sit at 5-3 through the season's first nine weeks.

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Jay Cutler to Miss Four Weeks with Groin Injury 

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) --  Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to miss at least four weeks after suffering a torn muscle in his groin in Sunday's 45-41 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Cutler underwent an MRI on Monday, which confirmed the injury.  Josh McCown will be the team's starting quarterback moving forward.  Jordan Palmer was signed to be the temporary backup.

Head coach Marc Trestman expressed hope that Cutler could return as early as November 24. against the St. Louis Rams.

"I'm only confident by what [the doctors] told me," Trestman said. "This is a minimum of four weeks, and then he'll be evaluated week to week. But based on the history -- I talked to the doctors this morning -- four weeks is a reasonable start, and then it would be week to week."

Surgery will not be necessary for Cutler, who has thrown 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the Bears (4-3) this season.

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Redskins Outlast Bears 45-41

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) --  Roy Helu rushed for three touchdowns, his last one with 45 seconds remaining to help the Washington Redskins outlast the Chicago Bears 45-41 on Sunday.

Robert Griffin III threw for 298 yards with two touchdowns and one interception as the Redskins earned their second victory of the season.

"When we go watch the film," Griffin said, "we won't watch it with smiles on our face. ... But I think we made enough plays today to win the game, and that's all matters."

The Bears (4-3) lost starting quarterback Jay Cutler to a groin injury in the second quarter.  He was replaced by Josh McCown, who hadn't played in an NFL game in nearly two seasons.  McCown threw for 204 yards and a touchdown, but his team came up short.

Chicago took a 41-38 lead when McCown hit tight end Martellus Bennett with a 7-yard touchdown pass with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter.  Griffin got the ball back and led the Redskins on what was their most complete drive of the season which included three third down conversions.

Both of Washington's wins this season have come against backup quarterbacks.

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Sources: Bears to Sign Veteran QB Josh McCown

om Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- The Chicago Bears are bringing back a familiar face.  After quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a concussion in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Texans, the Bears are expected to re-sign veteran Josh McCown, according to reports on Monday.

Jason Campbell stepped in for Cutler in the second half but was unable to lead the team to victory over the Houston Texans. 

McCown made three appearances for Chicago late in the 2011 season, making two starts and completed 63.6 percent of his passes with a 1-1 record.

McCown was cut by the Bears during preseason, even after completing 20 of 29 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the team's final preseason game against the Browns.

The Bears have not announced if Cutler will be ready to go against the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 19.

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