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Free Agency

Making the case for Jets to sign Josh McCown

By Luis Tirado Jr.
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) during the second quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) during the second quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets are in need of a veteran quarterback for next season. Quarterback Josh McCown is exactly what they need for their youth movement.

No matter how you look at this offseason by the New York Jets, they are indeed rebuilding for a brighter future. Considering they only won five games last season, this team needs a lot of work in order to be contenders again. Expectations should be very low for next season since it’s hard to imagine the Jets being a Super Bowl-contending team since those kinds of turnarounds don’t usually happen overnight.

It would make sense since the Jets want to see what all their younger players could do in a rebuilding year at key positions, they do the exact same thing at quarterback. The Jets have no idea what they have in either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg since they have little to no sample size. It’s important to have a veteran quarterback not only as an insurance policy for next season but also as someone they can go to when they need help in their overall progression.

This is where quarterback Josh McCown comes into play. He’s a veteran of well over a decade in the NFL and while isn’t anywhere near a quality starter, brings a plethora of experience to the table. What the Jets should do is have a real open quarterback competition next season and let either Petty or Hackenberg earn a starting job for the rest of the year. That way, the Jets can see if either player is ready to be a franchise quarterback or not.

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Someone like McCown, in this particular situation, would be of immense help for Petty or Hackenberg no matter who earns the starting spot. He’d be able to continue training and developing them while also being ready to step in and take care of business if needed. Having veteran leadership at the most important position on the team is very important and considering that he won’t break the bank if the Jets wanted to acquire his services, means it’s a win-win situation for both sides.

The Jets missed out on Brian Hoyer and Mike Glennon in free agency which would have been ideal quarterbacks to bring in. Veteran quarterbacks are leaving free agency quickly as the Jets must ensure they bring someone in to be there for their young quarterbacks when needed. As per Rich Cimini of ESPN, McCown is currently set to visit the Jets at some point over the weekend. Hopefully something of fruition comes out of this free agent visit.

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