Jets sign journeyman QB Josh McCown to 1-year deal

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The New York Jets might have just found their starter for the 2017 season.

The Jets have signed journeyman veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year contract, per agent Mike McCartney. The deal is worth a hefty $6 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. 

McCown visited with Jets’ brass last weekend in New York, but left town without a deal. The Jets hosted longtime backup Chase Daniel for a visit earlier Monday.

The Jets will be McCown’s eighth different team in 15 professional seasons. Most recently, McCown started three games for the Cleveland Browns last season and threw for 1,100 yards, 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

McCown was mainly a backup passer through the first 10 years of his career, with the exception being the 2004 season when he started 13 games for the Arizona Cardinals. His career sort of took off in 2013, when he went 3-2 as a starter for the Chicago Bears in relief of the injured Jay Cutler. McCown threw for 13 touchdowns and only one interception and ultimately parlayed that impressive stint into a starting gig and a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McCown fizzled out quickly in Tampa, going 1-10 as the starter. In fact, the Bucs were bad enough they were able to take Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the following draft and released McCown in that same offseason. McCown was offered a chance to start with the Browns and went 1-7 as the starter during the 2015 season.

McCown serves as a cheaper version of Brian Hoyer, with whom the Jets reportedly had interest. He has gone 2-22 as a starter the past three seasons, which isn’t exactly an inspiring indication.

The Jets have been mainly looking for a placeholder for the 2017 season. They could be eyeing what could be a prosperous 2018 quarterback class, or might be looking for someone to hold the reins for a season before handing the baton to in-house candidates Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.

Either way, it looks like New York has found its starter for next season.

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