Josh McCown released by Bears

Despite a strong performance Thursday night, Josh McCown was informed of his release by the Bears Friday morning, according to league sources.

McCown completed 20 of 29 passes for 157 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. But, McCown got the Bears off to a strong start with a perfect 30-yard touchdown pass to receiver Dane Sanzenbacher in the first quarter. For most of the first half, he was close to a perfect passer rating.

He was third on the depth chart, behind starter Jay Cutler and backup Jason Campbell, who was signed during the offseason.

If he was on the opening day roster, McCown would have been guaranteed his entire 2012 base salary of $825,000, because he’s a vested veteran. Now, if the Bears bring him back, he gets paid based on the number of weeks he’s on the roster.

McCown played well down the stretch last season, after Caleb Hanie faltered.

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