Usually when NFL teams bring in a third string quarterback it doesn't get a lot of press, even locally. But when the San Francisco 49ers were entertaining the idea of signing former All-Pro Daunte Culpepper, there was much scrutiny in regards to it.
Culpepper ended up working out with the 49ers, but nothing came of it. A couple days later the 49ers unexpectedly signed another journeyman quarterback, Josh McCown, who has played for four different teams in an eight year NFL career.
In 2004 McCown had a rather solid showing for the Arizona Cardinals. He started 13 games, won six of them, threw for over 2,500 yards, and had 11 touchdown passes. The next year McCown split time with Kurt Warner and went 3-3 in six starts.
After a quick stint with the Detroit Lions, McCown got another chance to start; this time with the 49ers cross bay rivals, the Oakland Raiders. His tenure there didn't turn out too well: McCown only won two of nine starts and had a quarterback rating under 70.
Needless to say, McCown hasn't been anything spectacular as a starting quarterback in the NFL. He has thrown five more interceptions (40) than touchdowns (35) and was out of the NFL in 2010, playing in the United Football League.
Normally the signing of a third string quarterback can be considered inconsequential, but with McCown it may be a little different. The 49ers have an under-performing Alex Smith starting and the inexperienced Colin Kaepernick as the primary backup.
Today I am going to look at five possibilities for McCown's tenure with the San Francisco 49ers