Jets agree to sign QB Josh McCown to one-year deal

Tricia Pearson
March 26, 2017

The Jets have newbies Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg on their roster at quarterback and have been reported to have been in the market for a seasoned veteran to help mentor the duo along.

McCown met with the Jets over the weekend, but left Sunday without a deal.

NY was in the market for a quarterback with Fitzpatrick a free agent after a poor season and Geno Smith signing with the Giants.

The Jets and general manager Mike Maccagnan had initially showed interest in him in 2015 before NY traded for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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The Jets finally have found a veteran quarterback, and perhaps their starter for 2017.

McCown wrapped up a visit to Florham Park over the week. Another option for the Jets is to select a quarterback in next month's draft with the No. 6 pick. He also has an ally in new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates; they were together in 2012 in Chicago. That means both Petty and Hackenberg will have a legitimate shot to unseat him if they impress during the spring and in training camp.

A veteran of 14 National Football League seasons, McCown played five games for the Browns in 2016 while making three starts.

McCown played in just five games last season and was limited by a shoulder injury. (It also matches the amount the Browns were due to pay McCown this year.) McCown also can make an extra $2 million based on playing time, and another $5 million based on team accomplishments. It 13 games, he completed 60.4% of his passes for 3,209 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Hackenberg hasn't taken a snap in a regular-season game and Petty has only four career starts under his belt.

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