Philadelphia prioritized keeping McCown in the organization as a remote practice squad quarterback this year because of his close relationship with starting QB Carson Wentz and his unique NFL experience, per La Canfora.
McCown is generally seen in high regard across the NFL due to his experience over his 18-year career with 10 teams. La Canfora notes McCown has left a strong impression on all of those teams with his ability to absorb and communicate information, with some teams believing he could have called plays even as a backup.
McCown has worked as a high school coach now for a couple of seasons and La Canfora says multiple current and former NFL executives think McCown could be an NFL head coach within five years of his retirement.
McCown is already in demand as a quarterback coach according to some execs and from there he would be in position to take the fast track from QB coach to coordinator to head coach if he had success.
McCown currently lives in Texas and attends remote meetings with the team while on the practice squad. He’s available as an emergency quarterback if the Eagles should ever need him.
McCown, 41, is a former third-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2002. He played for several teams including the Lions, Raiders, Dolphins, Panthers, 49ers, Bears, Buccaneers and Browns before signing a one-year, $6 million contract with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent in 2017.
The Jets brought McCown back on a one-year contract worth $10 million for the 2018 season. McCown later returned before joining the Eagles on a one-year contract last August.
For his career, McCown has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 17,727 yards, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions. He has also rushed for 1,105 yards and 13 touchdowns.