McCown finds himself in the “Falling” category this week not because of his play on the field, but because of his contract situation. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports points out that due to the collective bargaining agreement, the Bears can only offer McCown a one-year extension at the minimum-salary benefit level. Surely, due to his fantastic performance this season, McCown will be seeking a much bigger deal and will likely receive one from a team desperately looking for a quarterback — such as Jacksonville or Houston. La Canfora goes into much greater detail regarding the contract, but essentially this means the Bears will have a very difficult time getting McCown to re-sign.
Wootton and the rest of the Bears defensive line struggled again on Sunday against a weak Browns running attack. Edwin Baker put his name on the NFL map with his first career start and first career touchdown. Wootton tallied just one tackle in the game as the Bears defense failed to record a sack. He was also flagged for a holding penalty on a made Robbie Gould field goal attempt, which resulted in the Bears having to punt. Wootton needs to step up his game down the final stretch of the season and prove that he is capable of playing whatever position the Bears ask of him.
Another week, another embarrassing performance from Wright. I’ll leave it at that.