Veteran quarterback Josh McCown recently made some comments which likely confirm his return to the New York Jets in 2018.
Last season with the New York Jets, quarterback Josh McCown overachieved in the grand scheme of things. In a year where everyone wrote him and the Jets off, McCown was a pleasant surprise for the majority of 2017.
As a starter last year, McCown totaled 2,926 passing yards, 267 completions, 18 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Until the broken hand injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season, McCown kept hope alive that the Jets might have made the Wild Card entry in the NFL Playoffs. Sadly, after he was hurt, the Jets spiraled into the point of no control, ending the year at 5-11 and missing out on the postseason.
McCown is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason but has expressed interest in returning to the team that put him in a position to have the best season of his 15-year career. The Jets should consider bringing back McCown but only in a backup role since even though he had a solid year, is limited in what he can do to elevate the team to the point of being contenders again.
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Recently, McCown chimed his thoughts on whether or not he wants to be back with the Jets next season. In an article written by Brian Costello of the New York Post, here’s what McCown said:
“I know we have older quarterbacks around the league who are pushing the envelope, but the reality is none of us are going to play forever and you understand that. I’ve said it from Day 1, I really root for these guys being able to find that long-term answer at quarterback and want them to succeed. If that’s through the draft or that’s through people already on the team if I can be a part of helping that, I’d love to.”
It looks like McCown wouldn’t mind coming back in a backup/mentoring role since, at the end of the day, he’s fantastic in such a situation. He has a plethora of experience, is a leader among men, and is valuable in the development process of younger quarterbacks around him. If the Jets could bring back McCown on a one or even two-year deal in such a role, it would be a win-win situation for both sides.
McCown is smart since he knows he might not be the best starter but would undoubtedly help the Jets in another critical way. Besides being an emergency backup that knows the system well, he would be instrumental in helping others out, especially a newly drafted quarterback if that’s the route the Jets take in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Hopefully, McCown and the Jets come to some agreement to bring him back for at least one more season. He’s a great mentor and genuinely wants to do whatever it takes for not only the Jets to succeed but to finally have an established franchise quarterback in place ready to deliver.