While there has certainly been a lot of talk about Jay Cutler, it doesn’t seem like the Jets have directly done anything about signing him just yet (thank goodness). However, the same cannot be said about McCown.
This weekend, the Jets brought the 38-year-old journeyman quarterback into the facilities for two days of supposed wining and dining. Although McCown left the building without signing a contract, it is still likely that a deal might be made between him and Jets management that puts him on the team next year.
Would that be a good move?
I’ve written many an article analyzing different quarterbacks that the Jets could pick up or draft this offseason and never once have I recommended that they sign Josh McCown.
The reason for this is because I’ve always assumed that, if the Jets signed a quarterback, it would be because they planned on starting him in September with the intention of trying to win as many games as possible. Jets brass would probably hope that this quarterback could lead the team for the next few years, if not longer. If the Jets do wind up bringing in Jay Cutler or Colin Kaepernick, this is would be the (faulty) logic behind that move.
However, Josh McCown is 38. So he can’t be the quarterback of the future.
He’s also obviously worse than Jay Cutler or Colin Kaepernick (which is saying something). At this point in McCown’s career, he might even be worse than Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. So why would the Jets want to sign him?
My theory is that they want a veteran presence that might help in the development of Petty and Hackenberg that, at the same time, doesn’t threaten to become a starter by winning a preseason quarterback competition.
McCown is the perfect fit for the role.
If that is the plan, I would definitely support the Jets signing McCown, especially if they can get him on a one or two-year deal without spending that much money.
McCown won’t help the Jets win any games, but the Jets aren’t going to win many games next season, regardless.
If McCown can help develop Petty and Hackenberg and any quarterback the Jets select in this or next year’s draft, he will be worth the money.
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