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Jets get it right with veteran quarterback Josh McCown

Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets have signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year deal according to multiple sources.

According to Spotrac and Brian Costello of the New York Post, the New York Jets have signed quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year, $6M deal.

This is a perfect move by the Jets, who have two quarterbacks on their roster who have played in a total of six NFL games in their careers.  McCown will be a good veteran presence to teach them the ropes and help them grow.

McCown has even won some games here and there in the NFL.  He has shown, if there’s an injury, he can step in and be the man for a little while.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini tweeted this:

McCown will be a good mentor for Hack+ Petty. He's known as a great teammate. Brandon Marshall has spoken highly of him. 'Mates in Chic.

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 21, 2017

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This is actually a good move under one condition, that he was brought in to be a veteran mentor and a backup.  McCown is 18-42 as a starter, and his best season was with the Arizona Cardinals.  His final record that season was 6-7.

There’s no need for a quarterback competition for the starting position in training camp.  The Jets need to go into camp and the preseason with Bryce Petty as the No. 1 quarterback, McCown as the No. 2 quarterback, and Christian Hackenberg as the No. 3 quarterback.

It needs to be clear.  There should be no quarterback controversy in New York, period.

This is just proof that the Jets brass knows their rebuilding, despite what Todd Bowles told Brian Costello of the New York Post below:

“No, we’re always trying to win,” Bowles said. “Whether we kept them or we let them go, we’re always trying to win. We don’t do anything in the mindset [of rebuilding]. You rebuild as far as people and names, but you don’t rebuild in terms of trying to win or not win. We’re trying to win all the time.”

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By signing McCown, it shows the Jets are willing to be patient as they try to build a winner in New York.  Patience is a virtue, even in New York.

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