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Report: Jets may make a run at Josh McCown

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The Jets have resisted declaring that Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback in 2014.  And for good reason.

The Jets aren’t yet entirely sold on Smith.  And in the event they become completely un-sold on Smith during the 2014 season (or before it even starts), they need a Plan B.

Enter Josh McCown.

Manish Mehta of the New York Dailys News reports that the Jets the Bears may target No.2 quarterback via free agency.  The Jets would then be ready to turn to McCown if Smith “regresses,” a term implying a fact that may not be entirely true.

As Mehta correctly observes, the fallback plan can’t be and won’t be Mark Sanchez.  The Jets turned the page on Sanchez upon using a high second-round pick last year to get Smith.  Benching Smith for Sanchez would represent an admission that G.M. John Idzik made the wrong decision in 2012.

From the perspective of coach Rex Ryan, who’s still coaching for his job in 2014 notwithstanding a supposed multi-year contract extension, the goal will be to have someone who can help win games, if Smith can’t.

McCown can’t be re-signed by the Bears before the start of free agency, because he signed a one-year deal in 2013 under the minimum-salary benefit.  He’ll have to hit the market before signing a new deal with anyone, and the Jets are someone who may provide the soon-to-be 35-year-old his next NFL destination.

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28 Responses to “Report: Jets may make a run at Josh McCown”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Feb 23, 2014 1:23 PM

    Unless they also acquire, Marshall, Jeffery, Forte , and Bennett. It probably won’t do them much good.

  2. tvjules says: Feb 23, 2014 1:27 PM

    Don’t do it. Stay put, Josh!!!

  3. thevikesarebest says: Feb 23, 2014 1:27 PM

    The qb the vikings draft will be the best in the Nfl.and he will be 10times more manly than shaaron Rodgers.SKOL

  4. nonetruerthanblue says: Feb 23, 2014 1:28 PM

    I thought he said that he may call it quits after last season. Did he change his mind?

  5. backdapack4evr says: Feb 23, 2014 1:28 PM

    A clown in a clown town makes perfect sense!!

  6. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 23, 2014 1:34 PM

    Be the best QB the Jets have had since Pennington

  7. tedmurph says: Feb 23, 2014 1:35 PM

    Bears would be better off letting Cutler walk and signing McCown for much less and promising him the job(where he wouldn’t be in NY). Then Trestman could draft his own guy and groom him for a yr or two. They’re certainly in position at 14 to get someone good and in range to move up if they really like one of the top 3.

  8. tedmurph says: Feb 23, 2014 1:37 PM

    Sorry, just remembered Cutler got a new deal. Nevermind

  9. bearsfan4life says: Feb 23, 2014 1:37 PM

    Take the Bears money. There is no shame in being a back up. You don’t get abused by d-lineman. In the event you play, you’ve got pro bowlers at wr & rb. You’ve got an above average te. You’ve got a more than capable line. You’ve got a coach that has proven he’ll protect his qb, often bringing in a 6th lineman.

    It just doesn’t make sense to leave Chicago.

  10. arwiv says: Feb 23, 2014 1:54 PM

    If he could compete for a starting job somewhere, which he cant in Chicago, he’d be an idiot not to leave.

    As for the Jets, they blew that pick last year….geno may be in the league for several years, but he isn’t a franchise QB.

  11. mshawn75 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:14 PM

    Yeah, I’d take a job on a team where the Head Coach is basically “walking dead”, and cares nothing about the offense. Warm up the CLOWN CAR.

  12. masher1965 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:19 PM

    If the Jets are stupid enough to offer more than a couple million a season, McCown should take the money , IF he wants to work for ” Lovie Smith East”. Otherwise, take what the Bears will offer and enjoy the popularity of being the back up QB. Pinning your hopes on a soon to be 35 year old journeyman who happened to play 5 games WELL above anything he has ever done before , then expecting him to continue that at that level is like expecting Congress and the president to suddenly like each other and work for the country, it won’t happen .

  13. jojopuppyfish says: Feb 23, 2014 2:23 PM

    Mccown should stay in Chicago and just wait til Cutler gets hurt.

  14. scottychicago says: Feb 23, 2014 2:27 PM

    as long as the Bears offer is respectable, I think he stays put.

  15. evansvc says: Feb 23, 2014 2:35 PM

    “Bring in veteran qb VINCE YOUNG”… Vince is mobile– with talent and playoff experience…. He is hungry, motivated and his 31 and 19 record shows he can play this game at a high level as a starter or a good backup…. He is a LOW risk-HIGH reward quarterback… and a wise choice for any GM/Head Coach looking to upgrade their quarterback pool….

  16. olcap says: Feb 23, 2014 2:53 PM

    I still say that Rex will install Sanchez as the starting QB for the Jets once again before the upcoming season. Do you think he went on record saying he “absolutely” wants Sanchez on the team for giggles?

    Signing McCown would be a waste of money, because Rex is obsessive-compulsive when it comes to Sanchez, and Rex would have Sanchez playing and McCown on the bench.

  17. fordmandalay says: Feb 23, 2014 3:36 PM

    If your ‘master plan’ is signing a 35 year old career backup who was a high school coach before becoming a desperation hire last year… well then you must be the Jests brain-trust.

  18. oldcracker says: Feb 23, 2014 3:37 PM

    blah, blah, blah…we’re hearing the same thing in Ohio about the Browns. Sign McCown to back up Hoyer and mentor whatever QB is drafted. The Jets can have We-done, afterall they did trade for T-bowels.

  19. zimaman says: Feb 23, 2014 4:01 PM

    I thought so

  20. jr507 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:18 PM

    So many genius posts as usual: “Jets are clowns”, “Rex is a joke”, blah blah blah.

    They went 8-8 last year, are among youngest teams in the league, will have countless picks after comps are awarded, and between 40-50 M in cap room after Cromartie, Sanchez, and Holmes are cut.

    Sad news friends, but it looks like Idzik may have learned something from Schneider and Seattle. Boo hop. But go ahead and keep regurgitating the same tired jokes.

  21. dynaco says: Feb 23, 2014 5:56 PM

    I’m glad to hear this is coming from Manish Mehta.

  22. jimjets says: Feb 23, 2014 7:14 PM

    Couldn’t have said it better myself jr507. Well done sir

  23. respectgsh says: Feb 24, 2014 12:52 AM

    Josh McCown is an exclusive rights free agent. This means that the Bears and he will have the chance to agree to and sign a deal for a couple days before he can negotiate with other teams. According to Jeff Dickerson of espn Chicago, the Bears want him back as Cutler’s back up.

  24. sportsnut101 says: Feb 24, 2014 2:27 AM

    Cutler gets hurt every yr so u will play min 3 games
    Hope he stays but if sum 1 offers u a few million then do whatu have to

  25. rogerrodgers says: Feb 24, 2014 3:09 AM

    Football is a team sport and McCown isn’t much without elite receivers.

  26. walkinginthewasteland says: Feb 24, 2014 9:58 AM

    I wanna know what high water mark Geno Smith can “regress” from.

  27. initialsgbm says: Feb 24, 2014 4:26 PM

    Well if McCown was having second thoughts about returning to the NFL, playing for a lousy organization like the Jets currently are will definitely push him over the edge in quitting ASAP.

    Don’t do it Josh!

  28. omeimontis says: Feb 24, 2014 4:32 PM

    Rex Ryan has a Mark Sanchez tattoo on his body. It is painful to get rid of Sanchez for Ryan.

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