Updated: March 22, 2014 6:42AM
INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Marc Trestman communicates with quarterback Josh McCown all the time. There are weekly chats on the phone and frequent text-message exchanges.
“He’s in the loop to what’s going on,” Trestman said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I just called him on a personal level just to catch up with him and to see how he sees the league and what’s going on. We just like to talk football.
“But he knows exactly where he stands with us. I think he’s going to take his time, see where things are at and when he’s ready to say, ‘I want to come back,’ I know [general manager] Phil [Emery] is going to do everything he can and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure he is.”
That said, McCown’s play in place of Jay Cutler last season warrants a major raise, and plenty of teams are expected to be calling in free agency.
McCown played out 2013 on a minimum contract, which, according to the collective-bargaining agreement, means he can’t be re-signed before March 11 and that he’ll hit the market.
The Bears, though, can talk to him as much as they want before then.“Josh has got the opportunity to look around,” Trestman said. “We want him to be able to do that. He deserves that right. I think Phil has said that, and we’ll see where this thing goes. But Josh is well aware about how we feel about him and that we’d like him back.”