The Jets have decided to bring back veteran quarterback Josh McCown on a one year, $10 million deal. He’s returning for a second season with the Jets.
The soon-to-be 39 year old signal caller is receiving a $4 million raise despite being looked at as a “bridge” quarterback. McCown played fairly well, leading a lackluster team to five wins. As underwhelming as it sounds, it’s true. He was given a bad, bad roster. Like, really bad. McCown dropped 2,926 yards and 18 touchdowns in 13 games. His 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio is the second best the Jets have seen since 2009. Only Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 2015 campaign (31 touchdowns, 15 interceptions) has done better during that time period.
McCown was told he could start in the 2018 season, according to Calvin Watkins. Watkins also reported that the interest in ex-Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is still there as well. It is also not out of the question for the Jets to draft a signal caller with the sixth pick. A competition for the starting job could be underway during training camp this offseason.
A source tells @NewsdaySports Josh McCown has been told he will be the starter, however, interest in Teddy Bridgewater remains.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) March 13, 2018
Why It Makes Sense
McCown’s $10 million could seem pricey to some, but it isn’t a bad deal. He performed well in 2017, and he could serve as an excellent mentor to a rookie quarterback or even Bridgewater if necessary. McCown was a perfect fit in the offensive game plan, and could show the two newcomers how it’s done. He also received high praise from Jeremy Bates, the Jets new offensive coordinator. He also received praise from Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan, and many other coaching staff members.
McCown is a beloved guy in the locker room. The players, coaches and even fans all love his mindset to the game. The passion he has to win is one you don’t find in many other players. He’s a strong leader, and his passion is unreal. He possesses a rare quality among NFL players; leadership, and hustle.
Here’s some of the reactions from the Jets players:
— Jamal Adams (@Prez) March 13, 2018
🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 he’s back!!!!!! https://t.co/WLGN7ygUMl
— Kelvin Beachum (@KelvinBeachumJr) March 13, 2018
— Demario Davis #56 (@demario__davis) March 13, 2018