La Canfora’s Gut Says Josh McCown Lands With Vikings

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  1. JustAnotherBearsFan99

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    I hope (really hope) this is not the case.

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    I'll be ok with it.
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    BWAHAHAAHAHA
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    sThese guys need story lines every day now that FA is just around the corner so of course McCown's name will come up. I'm still going with him wanting to return if Emery is willing to go the extra mile and proves how much he's valued by making sure he gets a bigger paycheck for a couple of years than he did in 2013. This is not a time to be too frugal with the #2 QB who probably saved him from a 5-11 season the year after he fired a HC for going 10-6.

    If he returns all the better but if not then Trestman and Cavanaugh need to get another guy ready to do the same. Jordan Palmer looked decent in the preseason last year so maybe it's him or one of the other vets who are shopping for a new gig. McCown needs to do what's best for him and if that means signing elsewhere then so be it. He deserves to check out the market because Emery wasn't smart enough to sign him for two years to begin with which he very easily could have done.
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    I like to see our former players go to somebody outside the division.
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    You keep saying Emery wasn't smart enough to sign him to a two year deal....what exactly about McCowns career said he should have received anything other than the deal he got?
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    Man soul, you've really got a hard on for Emery don't ya.

    I'll be the first to admit that the guy has made some errors, but I don't think there is any GM in the league that hits a home run with everything, especially not in their first year when they are trying to evaluate the talent and coaching of their new team AND get ready for FA and the draft. In 2 years, he has literally transformed the offense and now we'll see what he can do with the Defense. You and I both know managing the cap and all the contracts is far more complex than just saying with the benefit of hindsight "We coulda signed him for 2 years". As it stands, we were only able to carry forward about $750K from last years salary totals.
    I really enjoy your posts and you bring great content to this forum, but man, cut the dude some slack. He's only coming into his third year, and only 2nd with HIS coaching staff.
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    Vikings want Vick and McCown? This doesn't make any sense at all.
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    Butkus, what would have been the big deal about signing him for TWO years at a vet minimum for $1.895 mil or a little more as opposed to one? Gimme a better reason because this one isn't. The contract wouldn't even have been guaranteed for one year let alone two so if he even made the team in 2013 but they wanted to release him in 2014 he's gone and that's that. We wouldn't be on the hook for 2014 anyway.

    The reason he did it was to save him $$$ on the cap because by doing it that way it only cost him $550k in cap space. But by only doing one of his "one year wonder" deals (as in I wonder if this guy is worth it) it also prevented him from extending him last year or even earlier this year after he saw what he could do in that offense given the chance before anyone else even had time to consider signing him.

    Now he gets to FA and it will cost him a lot more than just $955k to keep him. He could have spent $2 mil or less for two years but now needs to spend that, or even more, for one. OK he was short on cap space last year but this year he's not in that same bind. He has enough gas in the tank to keep him IF he really wants to keep him.

    Phil often paints himself into corners with his monetary finagling and that's a bad habit he needs to break. That's all I'm saying and it's enough.
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    McCown pretty much said Bears or nothing?? I remember reading that a lot. So not sure why others think they have the inside on him..
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    But recently he was quoted as saying that he has to be prepared to move on if it comes to that. Now whether that was just a move to improve his bargaining position or he was serious we won't know until he's either signed by Emery or someone else. We shouldn't have long to wait though. On Tuesday teams will start to announce who their new "toys" are.
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    Why should I give you another reason when you already gave it. Cap room. As for whether he wants to keep him or not, I'm not getting into a bidding war for Josh McCown...sorry...just isn't happening. As for bad habits...I see no bad habits that need to be broken when it comes to the way we handle our cap. Your letting that axe you have to grind get the best of you here I think.
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    As an aside...I wouldn't be throwing our GM under the bus for not signing a guy to a 2 year deal who before last year threw more INT's than TD's in his career.
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    hmmm... So whatever happened to being on the ropes of even returning to the NFL this coming season? lol I guess money trumps family?
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    Bother I make NO secret at all of the fact that I don't like the way Phil Emery does business but then he probably wouldn't like the way I do mine either so on that score I figure were even. I get to criticize him whenever I think he's screwing up and he's more than welcome to do the same. I have thick skin, can you tell? LOL

    He was penny wise and pound foolish a year ago when he didn't need to be. It cost him then and it's costing him now. Maybe he wanted it that way, I don't know, but if so then it's time to pay the piper for those errors in judgment. When he starts putting a team on the field that matches his promises about one that will compete for a championship every year maybe I'll back off but so far from where I sit he's a very long way from it.

    The Packers are still whipping our ass. :pisson:
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    I'd guess the family discussion now centers around the fact that if he can get a multi-year deal he'd have the option of moving him family to wherever that is and if not TB and NY are both closer to home. Minny no, which is why I don't see that happening. I think it's more than just money Ski. I think it's getting a little security and a little monetary appreciation for what he accomplished. I don't ever recall him saying money wasn't involved in the decision process but I do think that's not his only concern and maybe not even his prime concern.
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    LOL...yeah, you got thick skin alright. The problem is you still haven't addressed why it wasn't wise at the time to give a guy who to be KIND has had a mediocre career and had thrown more INT's than TD's in his career more than 1 year. We were up against the cap last year and I think we were all amazed when we were able to land a stud TE and a stud LT when free agency opened. It cost him nothing last year. Based on the injuries this defense was going to struggle regardless(I know you think having Urlacher back there behind a decimated d-line would have helped somehow).

    As for the Pack...if you call beating them, and then losing by a blown coverage whipping our ass...then you and I have two different definitions of ass whipping.
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    McCown did not have much interest in him when we signed him to a vet minimum deal. Why would Emery go out of his way to lock him in for two years? Doesn't a two year deal negate the vet minimum one year deal towards the cap?

    I guess you could say he should have known that McCown was a good backup, but if Cutler stays healthy last year no one knows if McCown can play and he's got few options other than returning here for league minimum.

    I've been saying he's not returning since the end of the season. McCown is as good as gone. The money is too good elsewhere at the twilight of his career. He's not going to Minesota though. There will be better destinations that pay the same.
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    I'm still in an "observer status" mode with Phil Emery. I'm not willing to "crown him" yet, even though he's done some very good things on the offense side of the team. But, I'm not willing to hold him accountable for the defense yet either. I'm just watching these first few years and then I figure I'll make up my mind on him (and Trestman too for that matter). I'm neutral at this point. I've said in a number of threads that we've been through this thing many times before with new GMs/Coaches. Almost everybody loves them during the honeymoon period and goes overboard making excuses for them........and then on the flip side, they can go overboard the other way once the honeymoon is over. They want to crucify the same guy they loved initially.

    I do expect him to make mistakes and not be perfect. I just hope he can learn from his mistakes, and overall build a winner here in Chicago. That's all I want. I just want the team to become relevant in the NFL again. It's a shame a once great team with 90+ years of storied history, is now looking up at Green Bay's backside each year in our division, & we haven't won a championship in over a quarter of a century. I hate that. I'm just hunkered down and watching the parade go by. Hope a championship float comes by soon :)
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    OK I will address just that one issue. I'm not going into the Urlacher thing. No matter whether I would have been right or wrong it was still handled very poorly. That much many people agree on and it seems to be continuing. That's one of the reasons I don't like the way Emery does business and I don't buy into his lousy reasoning.

    Until Emery came along we generally signed backup QBs for two years. Most do and some teams even do three as a matter of habit if they need to spread out a guaranteed amount. IF he had signed him for two years, both for the vet minimums, ($940k and $955k) he wouldn't have this problem now would he? Can we at least agree on that much? The second year would not have been guaranteed anyway unless he made the team so there was no risk there and right now he'd have him for another year for at least a mil less than he'll probably cost him IF he stays. (it may even be more). Can we agree on that too?

    OK, now the cap consequences of such a move. The difference in what he was paid ($940k) and his cap cost ($555k) saved just $385k against the cap. That's $20k less than a rookie minimum and those salaries don't even count against the cap unless they're one of the top 51 and most of the time they aren't. So that $385k saved wasn't even enough to cover the minimum salary of one rookie whose salary has no affect on the cap at all. The deal is this. Individually McCown saved the Bears almost nothing in cap costs. But even if I count it as having an effect of $385k it takes a number of deals just like it to make any meaningful difference. To gain just $2 mil in additional cap space you'd need 5 players under that kind of contract. It's the cumulative gain of all of them not any one player. Can we agree on this?

    Now the last. MOST backups who would agree to terms like that ALL have career records like McCown's. Some a little better and some far worse. It's why they come cheap. The year before Emery signed a guy with a similar career record and he cost him $3.5 mil against the cap. Campbell ended of sucking the big one when he played although at least part of that I attribute to Tice. He did a little better in Cleveland this past year on the two year deal worth $3.75 mil they signed him for. In 2012 the Cowgirls gave our old QB Kyle Orton $10.5 mil/3yrs and guaranteed half of it. How good was his record? Yesterday Matt Cassel got a new deal for $10 mil/2 yrs. when they restructured his 2013 deal which was $7.4 mil/2 yrs. He's not much different than Orton. Chase Daniel got $10 mil/3yrs last March. What kind of career has he had. Shoot he's barely played at all so I'm not even gonna count him as an experienced vet. That was a real leap of faith by KC.

    Here's the QB ratings and yrs exp. of Campbell 81.8/9yrs, Cassel 80.5/9yrs, Orton 79.9/10yrs..........McCown 77.5/11yrs.

    Not much difference huh, and we couldn't have afforded any of those guys but we could afford McCown and that's about all we could afford after Bushrod and Bennett and a few others who didn't get vet mini deals. But we could also have afforded to sign him for two years for the lousy $385k more in cap space we gained IF we even gained that. Those guys were all signed for 2 or 3 year deals as a #2 to teams who had #1 QBs for a lot more money than we paid Josh McCown. In fact had we signed him for two years we'd be paying him half of what the Browns will pay our former #2, Jason Campbell. McCown was a good deal for an experienced vet and he turned out to be a great deal and now we may lose him because Emery wanted to save $385k or less. That's the way it worked out.

    OK, I addressed what you asked me to and I backed it up with FACTS that support it and that's what I offer against your opinions. I did the exact same thing with Hester and Weems if you looked and the FACTS won't support your opinion there either. I'm not trying to start a war here but you keep tossing out opinions with little if any CORRECT FACTS to back them up. I took the time to post the FACTS. If you're opinions are still the same that's fine. You're entitled to those opinions but I'm done debating this stuff with you until you begin to show me some FACTS that support those opinions. When you do I usually agree with you, and a few other too, but not when the facts don't support the contentions.

    As for the GB thing that's over and done and McCown wasn't involved in that game. They stole the NFCN from us again for the umpteenth time. That's my definition of getting kicked in the ass again by those Cheesy Bastards and I stand by my opinion. Nuff said. :cheers:

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