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The excellent play by Josh McCown this season has many questioning whether or not Jay Cutler is expendable to the Bears offense. With Cutler hitting the free agent market after the season and likely to command a big contract, it seems unlikely for him to return to Chicago, especially when there’s another quarterback who posted a quarterback rating of 109 in five starts.

But according to this Chicago Sun-Times article that begins with the fantastic one-sentence lede “Josh McCown loves Christmas” the 34-year-old quarterback isn’t completely sure he wants to return for another season because of the time it requires him to spend away from his family.

His family will play the most influential role regarding what happens in the offseason, when McCown becomes a free agent.

“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,” McCown said.

“It’s a year-to-year thing of how long is this going to be,” McCown said. “In our minds, when we commit to it, it’s for a year. So to be apart like this, it’s a tough deal. But it’s something everybody [in my family] talks about, including my daughter, my oldest, especially, just sitting with her, ‘Is all this OK? Are you cool with this?’ So she’s been great with it all.

“But for me, I know that there is a time coming where it’s going to get harder and harder. I kind of have a thought process in my mind of: I don’t know if I want to do this and let her get out of my house having done this the last four years where we live apart.

“There’s not enough money in the world to justify and make it feel OK to miss those games and stuff like that. It’s a process. It’s things that we think about, quite honestly, moving forward in my career in the direction, ‘Are we going to keep playing?’ All those things, because it’s a real question, because those things are hard.”

If McCown values the time with his family enough to turn down what could potentially be a very lucrative, if not incredibly long-term, contract, that’s certainly his prerogative. If anything, it’s just the universe ensuring that the Bears must always have uncertainty at quarterback.