The Bears wanted Kyle Orton, but they had to settle for Josh McCown.
The team announced Wednesday that it has agreed to terms with McCown, a ninth-year veteran signalcaller, on a one-year deal. The Bears reportedly put in a waiver claim on Orton, who was waived by the Broncos on Tuesday, but the Chiefs had a higher waiver priority and were awared Orton.
Chicago was in the market for a veteran quarterback to play behind Caleb Hanie with Jay Cutler sidelined as he recovers from thumb surgery.
McCown hasn't played in a regular-season game since the 2009 season. He has started 31 of the 47 games in which he has played during stops with the Panthers, Raiders, Lions and Cardinals.
The way we see it
McCown was with the Lions when Mike Martz was the offensive coordinator, so he has some familiarity with the Bears' offense. The Bears would have preferred to bring back Orton, but the Chiefs' decision to claim him puts the spotlight squarely on Hanie. The starting job is his until Cutler returns.