Josh McCown may retire after Bears' season

Wednesday December 25th, 2013

Josh McCown was named the NFL's Offensive Player Of The Week for Week 14. (Michael Thomas/Getty Images) Josh McCown was named the NFL's Offensive Player Of The Week for Week 14. (Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown may hang it up after this season to spend more time with his family.

The 34-year-old, who was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Week earlier in December, told Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times that he'll have to make the decision this offseason when he becomes a free agent, but retiring from the NFL is one option he'll consider to spend more time with his wife, two sons and two daughters in North Carolina. Jahns reported McCown's family will play "the most influential role" in determining whether he returns to the Bears -- or the NFL -- next season.

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"Whether it’s us living together and moving quite possibly or just being done playing, one or the other, it’s just figuring out a way to be together...I know that there is a time coming where it’s going to get harder and harder."

McCown has seen somewhat of a breakout this year, stepping in for the injured Jay Cutler who returned this month after missing four games with a high ankle sprain suffered Nov. 10. against the Detroit Lions. McCown's Offensive Player of the Week award came after completing 27 of 36 passes for 348 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 141.9 passer rating in a 45-28 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 9.

The NFL journeyman has been on seven NFL rosters since getting drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2002 draft.

The Bears, currently 8-7, wrap up their regular season at home Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The winner of that game will clinch the NFC North and a spot in the playoffs.

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