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Jets should not commit to Josh McCown in 2018

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets passes against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 10: Quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets passes against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Potential free agent quarterback Josh McCown has confirmed he’d like to continue playing football in 2018. The New York Jets should not commit to him being a starter once again despite him wanting to come back to the franchise.

Last season with the New York Jets, veteran quarterback Josh McCown totaled the best season of his 15-year career. In 2017, McCown totaled 2,926 passing yards, 267 completions, 18 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.

Yeah, pretty solid numbers but the Jets still ended the season at 5-11 for the second straight year. McCown, who would be 39-years-old at the start of next season, will most likely not replicate the big year he had with the Jets. Besides that, do we all want to see another season with McCown starting and the Jets quarterback situation once again being limited due to McCown’s lack of arm strength and little upside for the future?

In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he confirmed that McCown has decided he’d like to return to football yet again this upcoming season. Considering he’s an unrestricted free agent this offseason, means the Jets have an interesting decision to make.

Do they bring back McCown and if so, what would be his purpose? Surely, the Jets would have another open quarterback competition this summer but again, if McCown wins it, what would another season be like with him starting under center?

It would not help everything the Jets are trying to accomplish in rebuilding the right way with youth and future potential. Realistically, if the Jets bring back McCown for another season, what would be the end result? It’s not like McCown is going to be an X-factor for the next decade or so as he most likely has another year or two left in him before officially retiring.

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Sure, if the Jets want to bring him back as a backup to a top free agent quarterback or even for a freshly drafted future franchise quarterback with their No. 6 overall pick, that would make sense.

It wouldn’t make sense at all to bring him back and once again, not at least start the season with someone better that can push this team to greater heights.

If the Jets want McCown back, it should only be a backup or in a mentoring role. Not to start once again since we’ve already been that road for the past few years now with an older veteran quarterback hoping to catch lightning in a bottle when it’s not coming anytime soon. Either bring in a top free agent quarterback that is capable of winning 10+ football games or start a rookie quarterback that has the potential to be everything the Jets need in a franchise player for many years to come.

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