Former New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington believes the franchise should bring back a familiar face and draft a future franchise player for the most important position on the team.
It’s 2018 and the New York Jets still have a huge question mark when it comes to their quarterback situation. It’s expected that the Jets will either pay big money in free agency to land a new quarterback and/or draft one in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington actually has a better idea of what the franchise should do when it comes to the most important position on the team. Considering that quarterback Josh McCown is a pending free agent, it might make more sense for the Jets to re-sign him and then use the No. 6 overall pick to draft a future franchise quarterback.
That’s at least what Pennington believes is the best idea for the Jets to do in order to have a veteran in place and have them develop a rookie quarterback the right way. Some fans might not want to see McCown back with the Jets next season due to his age but there is no mistaking everything he brings to the table when it comes to leadership and mentoring.
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In an article written by SNY, here’s why Pennington believes the perfect scenario for the Jets is to have McCown back in the mix and draft the best quarterback available in this year’s draft:
“That’s a perfect scenario, in my opinion, if you have a high draft pick,” Pennington told SNY at the NFL Combine. “Because you have to have a veteran who understands what he’s there for. You have to have a veteran who is willing and able to sacrifice his ego and work with the young player — and pour his experiences into that young player so he can be as good as he can be.”
In the grand scheme of things, it’s not looking good for the Jets to land free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins based on the latest news. If Cousins does indeed take his talents to the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets will have to consider other options. Perhaps the McCown/rookie combination could work out for the best since the Jets are still another year or two away as they rebuild for a brighter future. They might as well rebuild at quarterback, as well.
Having McCown start for another year or so would allow a future franchise quarterback enough time to develop and learn everything they can from him. Then in either 2019 or 2020, that young quarterback will be ready to hopefully take over as a starter and take care of business.