Josh McCown has been so much better than expected as Jay Cutler's stand-in during Cutler's four-game absence. On the season, McCown has thrown 13 touchdowns and one interception with a Total QBR of 85.7. With Cutler healthy, however, the Bears have decided they're going to go with the big name, announcing that Cutler will start Sunday's game against the Browns. Cutler played reasonably well prior to his injury, although he has thrown seven more interceptions than McCown has in 2013. This isn't exactly a Brady-or-Bledsoe situation -- McCown is a 34-year-old career backup who may have simply hit on a hot streak -- but if the Bears suddenly start losing, coach Marc Trestman will have some uncomfortable questions to answer.
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Rangers draft Russell Wilson
On Thursday, the Texas Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. Wilson is a former second baseman in the Colorado Rockies system, but may be reluctant to pick up a second sport given the level of success he's achieved as an NFL signal-caller. Should Wilson attempt to play baseball?
Yankees reject Phillips deal
The Yankees have been busy this offseason (which is the kind of thing that happens in the Bronx when they miss the playoffs), but they've finally found a deal they don't like. They've rejected a straight-up trade of outfielder Brett Gardner for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, reportedly citing Phillips' declining numbers at second. They might be right to be concerned -- though Phillips' power numbers are freakishly consistent (he's hit exactly 18 home runs in four straight seasons), his OPS plummeted to .706 in 2013. That's a worrisome sign for a 32-year-old second baseman, but could he have rejuvenated himself in Yankee Stadium, with its short porch and hitter-friendly reputation?
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