The New York Jets have signed veteran QB Josh McCown to a one-year deal on Monday, according to his agent.
- Ian Rapoport reports that McCown receives a one-year, $6 million contract fully guaranteed from the Jets.
- According to Albert Breer, McCown also has another $2 million in incentives and $5 million in team-based incentives.
QB Josh McCown has agreed to a one year contract with the @nyjets
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) March 20, 2017
It was clear that the Jets had serious interests in McCown, even though he left his recent visit without agreeing to a contract with the team. Reports later said that the two parties were still in contact and had discussed the parameters of a deal.
McCown should enter camp as the favorite to be the Jets’ starting quarterback in 2017, but the expectation has been that Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg would also get an opportunity to compete for the job.
It’s worth mentioning that signing McCown to a contract won’t impact a team’s compensatory picks, considering that he was released.
McCown, 37, is a former third-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2002. He’s played for several teams over the course of his career including the Lions, Raiders, Dolphins, Panthers, 49ers, Bears, Buccaneers and most recently for the Browns.
McCown was entering the final year of his three-year, $14 million contract when the Browns released him in a move that freed up $4,375,000 in available cap space while creating $666,668 in dead money.
In 2016, McCown threw for 1100 yards while completing 54.5 percent of his passes to go along with six touchdowns and six interceptions over the course of five games.