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Josh McCown | Quarterback

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218
College: Sam Houston State
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (81) / ARZ
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Jets signed QB Josh McCown, formerly of the Browns, to a one-year, $6-million contract.
The $6 million is fully guaranteed, and he can earn an additional $7 million in playtime and team-based incentives. Set to turn 38 in July, McCown is the definition of a stopgap option who the Jets will hope can give them competent quarterback play while they revamp their quarterback room. Unfortunately, McCown seems to get hurt every time he touches the field at this point in his career, making it very unlikely he lasts a full season. Unless they are content to watch Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty start multiple games, the Jets still have some work to do. Mar 20 - 7:08 PM

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports Josh McCown's visit with the Jets is "going very well" and the two sides have "discussed contract parameters."

It seems each side is serious about a deal. In theory, McCown is a good stop-gap option and mentor as the Jets attempt to develop Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, but McCown has not lasted more than a few games before getting hurt the last couple years. If the 37-year-old ends up being the Jets' only addition at quarterback, Petty or Hackenberg likely will see the field in 2017.
Source: SNY
Mar 18 - 1:04 PM

Free agent Josh McCown is visiting the Jets on Saturday.

It's his second visit after meeting with the Cowboys last week. Unlike in Dallas, McCown would have a chance to start in New York where the Jets are undergoing a full rebuild. If he signs, the 37-year-old could be used as a one-year seat-warmer while the Jets groom a franchise quarterback. McCown has been a serviceable backup throughout his career but has also proven extremely fragile.
Mar 17 - 12:03 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have "touched base" with free agent Josh McCown.

McCown has generated scant interest since being released by the Browns in February. Considering the sorry state of the Jets' quarterback room, McCown would almost certainly take snaps in 2017. That would be bad news, as the 37-year-old seemingly can't go more than 15-20 plays without getting hurt.
Mar 13 - 3:45 PM

Free agent Josh McCown is visiting the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Following his release from the Browns last month, McCown said he had heard from four or five teams, but the Cowboys have been the only team publicly linked to the soon-to-be 38-year-old. There's said to be mutual interest. Signing McCown would pave the way for Dallas to move Tony Romo.
Mar 8 - 8:23 AM

The Dallas Morning News confirms the Cowboys are interested in free agent Josh McCown.

Per reporter Brandon George, they have company, as McCown has supposedly drawn interest from at least eight teams. McCown has great presence, but going on 38, he can no longer protect himself on the football field. He'd be a lackluster backup plan behind Dak Prescott.
Feb 27 - 3:05 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports there is "mutual interest" between the Cowboys and free agent Josh McCown.

According to Werder, the Cowboys need to resolve the Tony Romo situation before making a move on McCown. McCown, 38 in July, was cut by the Browns and is eligible to sign right away. He said he has spoken to a handful of teams and wants to go somewhere he can win and mentor a young passer. Dallas checks all the boxes.
Feb 27 - 9:25 AM

Free agent Josh McCown said he has spoken with four or five teams since being released by the Browns earlier this month.

McCown said he wants a chance to win and to go somewhere he can "mentor a young quarterback and work with him to make him better," comments which are not surprising considering his bright future as a coach. Going on 38, McCown is not going to get a look at a starting job, but he seems to be realistic about his market. He would be a solid backup signing for a team with a young starter.
Feb 23 - 12:54 PM

Browns released QB Josh McCown.

McCown was due $4.375 million between salary and bonuses. He was a necessary veteran presence for the tanking Browns in 2016, but couldn't stay on the field. McCown gets injured essentially every game he plays at this point. He would have been grossly overpaid at that price. Going on 38, McCown reportedly plans to continue playing. There have been reports he would be a hotly-pursued coaching prospect.
Feb 7 - 5:54 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports many teams would be interested in Josh McCown as a coach for 2017 if he retires.

Speaking Thursday, Browns coach Hue Jackson called McCown a "rising star" as a coaching prospect, and said he's made of the "right stuff." Speaking to ESPN's Josina Anderson, McCown indicated he's unsure if he'll return for a 16th year as a player in 2017. Speaking to local media, however, McCown said he wanted to continue playing. Going on 38, McCown has grown too fragile to realistically continue his playing career.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:36:00 PM

Browns declared QB Josh McCown, OL Shon Coleman, S Trae Elston, QB Kevin Hogan, DE Tyrone Holmes and OL Gabe Ikard inactive for Week 14 against the Bengals.

McCown is a healthy scratch. That means Cody Kessler will serve as the backup to Robert Griffin III, who is making his first start since Week 1. No Browns were listed as questionable this week.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Josh McCown completed 25-of-43 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 27-13, Week 12 loss to the Giants.

McCown also lost two fumbles, one of which Jason Pierre-Paul housed for a score. The yards were mostly empty, coming with the Browns trailing all afternoon. McCown did manage to find Terrelle Pryor for a few big conversions, but whenever his team really needed a play, McCown couldn't deliver. McCown remains an injury waiting to happen behind the Browns' sieve-like offensive line. The Browns are finally going on bye before returning against the Bengals in Week 14.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Josh McCown will start Sunday's game against the Giants.

Cody Kessler has his second concussion in a month, and the Browns are going to be cautious. McCown was horrendous in relief Sunday, freelancing too often and putting his body at risk. McCown gets injured almost every game he plays, so it's possible he won't be the only quarterback to take snaps against the Giants. He'll most likely be backed up by Kevin Hogan, as Robert Griffin III isn't believed to be ready.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 01:25:00 PM

Josh McCown completed 14-of-27 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 24-9, Week 11 loss to the Steelers.

McCown also lost a fumble that the Steelers covered up for a touchdown. McCown played the fourth quarter in relief of Cody Kessler, who suffered his second concussion of the year on the final play of the third period. McCown was truly horrendous, making zero plays and taking unnecessary hits. McCown has zero regard for his body, which isn't a good thing in this offense. Speaking afterward, coach Hue Jackson intimated McCown will start Week 12 over Robert Griffin III if Kessler isn't ready.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Josh McCown completed six-of-13 passes for 59 yards with no touchdowns, two interceptions and a lost fumble Thursday in the Browns' Week 10 loss to the Ravens.

McCown subbed in for starter Cody Kessler early in the third quarter. It was a rare panic move by coach Hue Jackson and it did not pay off. McCown reminded us why he belongs on the bench by throwing an interception on his second play of the night. Terrell Suggs caught McCown’s arm on his followthrough, causing the ball to sail off course. Later he heaved up a prayer to Terrelle Pryor that was easily picked by Eric Weddle. His last turnover came on a strip sack by Suggs with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Kessler didn’t move the offense but at least he wasn’t turning it over. The 0-10 Browns now have 10 days to decide on a quarterback before next week’s home game against Pittsburgh.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 11:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Bryce Petty
3Christian Hackenberg
RB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3Romar Morris
4Brandon Burks
5Brandon Wilds
GLB1Matt Forte
2Bilal Powell
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Matt Forte
FB1Julian Howsare
2Chris Swain
WR11Eric Decker
2Robby Anderson
3Charone Peake
4Frankie Hammond
5Myles White
WR21Quincy Enunwa
2Jalin Marshall
3Devin Smith
4Deshon Foxx
5Darius Jennings
WR31Robby Anderson
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Eric Tomlinson
3Braedon Bowman
4Jason Vander Laan
LT1Kelvin Beachum
2Brandon Shell
3Donald Hawkins
LG1James Carpenter
2Dakota Dozier
C1Wesley Johnson
RG1Brian Winters
2Craig Watts
RT1Ben Ijalana
2Brent Qvale
3Jeff Adams
K1Chandler Catanzaro
2Ross Martin