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Josh McCown takes vet minimum to be Bears’ third QB

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Updated: April 19, 2012 8:21AM

Josh McCown couldn’t imagine signing anywhere else for the upcoming season, even if the circumstances weren’t exactly as he’d hoped with the Bears.

On Thursday, McCown agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum of $825,000, receiving signing and workout bonuses of $25,000 apiece. He’s currently third on the depth chart though after the Bears signed Jason Campbell to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million.

“To have a chance to go back there was obviously high on my list,” McCown said of the Bears. “I was kind of sitting there, waiting to see what would happen. But I had a feeling they would go after someone like Jason.

“I’m excited for the team, to get a guy like that.

“In their eyes, they saw an opportunity to upgrade and solidify the backup quarterback position. But for me to come back, too, it really sends a good message that that’s being take care of. I understand what they’re doing.”

Ensuring that they don’t endure the same predicament as last season, when — after Cutler broke his thumb — Caleb Hanie went 0-4 as a starter.

“The season ends differently if we can win half the games, after Jay went down,” McCown said. “Obviously, you want to win them all, but, from my standpoint, I want to be able to do that [win half] for my team.”

Campbell, though, has plenty of experience. He’s started 70 games, posted a career passer rating of 82.8 and had a 4-2 record last year before suffering a broken collarbone for the Raiders.

New Bears general manager Phil Emery was thrilled about the quarterback depth, which also includes second-year player Nathan Enderle.

“It’s difficult to see anybody in the league topping that,” Emery said.

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