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Jets sign Josh McCown

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The Jets have a quarterback.

Josh McCown and the Jets have agreed to a one-year contract, his agent announced on Twitter.

At the moment, McCown would appear to be the Jets’ starter. They only have two other quarterbacks under contract, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, and neither has shown anything to indicate that he’s ready to be a starter. McCown isn’t exactly a franchise savior, but he’s a competent veteran who can hold down the fort and help Petty and Hackenberg develop.

The 37-year-old McCown started three games for the Browns last year and appeared as a backup in two others. He threw six touchdown passes and six interceptions and had a passer rating of 72.3.

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45 Responses to “Jets sign Josh McCown”
  1. ninjapleazee says: Mar 20, 2017 7:10 PM

    Placed on IR after signing contract.

  2. babygaga19 says: Mar 20, 2017 7:12 PM

    When is the parade? Only the JESTS!

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 20, 2017 7:13 PM

    He’s still young for a backup who seldom has to step on the field.

  4. ariani1985 says: Mar 20, 2017 7:13 PM

    With this news brady went to the weight room!

  5. barsfordays says: Mar 20, 2017 7:14 PM

    Honestly, Geno Smith is a better option then this guy. McClown had one decent half season and has been a joke since. Fitzpatrick 2.0. At least Geno has potential, whether people wanna believe that or not. He has all the talent, maybe he just needed to get away from the clownshow Jets. Just End The Season.

  6. espntmz says: Mar 20, 2017 7:14 PM

    The Yets are trying to tank for the 1st round pick next year…with their luck, he’ll be a bust.

  7. ctiggs says: Mar 20, 2017 7:15 PM


  8. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Mar 20, 2017 7:19 PM

    McClown fits in perfectly. Have the last cup cake!

  9. backuppunter says: Mar 20, 2017 7:21 PM

    J-E-T-S jets jets jets!!!

  10. igotgamenj says: Mar 20, 2017 7:22 PM

    poor guy ….

  11. maust1013 says: Mar 20, 2017 7:23 PM

    Dead man walking. From Cleveland the past two seasons to the coming season’s version of last year’s Browns, that’s one serious case of masochism.

  12. crappygovernment says: Mar 20, 2017 7:27 PM

    Tebow was better than all the slop they replaced him with on the Jets! The NFL has 0 likeable players without him!

  13. upnorthvikesfan says: Mar 20, 2017 7:28 PM

    Well this should make Cutler & Kaepernick feel loved….

  14. grndizzle says: Mar 20, 2017 7:30 PM

    Guessing they draft one and cut Petty, they don’t wanna give up on Hack yet.

  15. boyofzimmer says: Mar 20, 2017 7:31 PM

    Signed more as a coach/mentor thanks as a player.

  16. oscarxray says: Mar 20, 2017 7:32 PM

    The Jets must have been impressed with the helicopter impersonation. Who needs a dog catching Frisbee’s at halftime when you can have McCown going airborne and concussed on the first drive of the season?

  17. kabasaman says: Mar 20, 2017 7:35 PM

    Geno Smith is not the answer for sure but Josh Mckown? I guess he’s a better option than Jay Cutler. Now I realize why Jets fans are screwed. But it could be worse, you could be a 49er fan…. They just payed Hoyer 12 mil. OMG

  18. firstdownbrowns says: Mar 20, 2017 7:36 PM

    great locker room guy . and that about where it ends

  19. mrm2016 says: Mar 20, 2017 7:36 PM

    I would have gathered EJ or Chase, but for 1 year, how bad can it be?

  20. couchbasher says: Mar 20, 2017 7:37 PM

    Josh McCown is a good vet QB and was very good with Chicago where he outplayed Cutler. Good signing.

  21. mongo3401 says: Mar 20, 2017 7:37 PM

    Championship !!!!!!!!!!

  22. campcouch says: Mar 20, 2017 7:40 PM

    Much like the Browns, the Jets lack the patience to develop a quarterback. Both teams expect a guy to throw for 4K and 30 scores in his first game. Maybe if you stop playing musical Qb and let a guy learn, you wouldn’t be bringing in stopgaps every year.

  23. sumkat says: Mar 20, 2017 7:42 PM

    and I thought the QB position would be a weakness for the Jets

  24. ricko1112 says: Mar 20, 2017 7:45 PM

    He’s better than Geno.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 20, 2017 7:45 PM

    Josh has never had a winning season in 14 years in the NFL. You’d think just by the law of averages he’d have one at least.

  26. blorjr says: Mar 20, 2017 7:47 PM

    This guy has a serious self loathing problem.

  27. monropoobah says: Mar 20, 2017 7:47 PM

    babygaga19 says:
    Mar 20, 2017 7:12 PM

    When is the parade? Only the JESTS!

    funny. wow. you nailed it

  28. RogerThat! says: Mar 20, 2017 7:50 PM

    ….and they pulled it off w/o cupcakes or sending swag to his Mom!

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 20, 2017 7:50 PM

    Josh and Luke McCown have a combined 25 NFL seasons, a combined 20-50 won lost record over that time, and both were just signed to multi year contracts. Mama McCown didn’t raise no fools.

  30. dickshotdogs says: Mar 20, 2017 7:57 PM

    Poor guy.

  31. integrityoftheshield says: Mar 20, 2017 8:00 PM

    The Jets and their spoiled trust-fund baby owner, Woody Johnson, may be the most inept organization in professional sports. Woody– aren’t you glad you signed Revis away from the Patriots for that absurd amount of money? And how about the Hightower cupcakes followed by that lame presser after Hightower turned you down that the Jets wouldn’t have signed him due to health concerns. Right. The Brandon Marshall signing looks pretty good today too. Almost as good as Mark Sanchez. At least Rex Ryan provided entertainment value, albeit short-lived from a Jets’ fan perspective. Do the Jets’ fans a favor and sell your team to someone who understands, football, business and people. In the meantime, as long as you own the team, the Pats are guaranteed at least 2 AFC East victories a year.

  32. ladyjet says: Mar 20, 2017 8:09 PM

    Its a one year deal. No one thinks he’s the answer, people. Smart move to buy time for Petty, Hackenburg and a draft pick this or next year.

  33. tonebones says: Mar 20, 2017 8:11 PM

    Petty is the best QB on the Jets. It’s amazing how so few NFL GM’s know what they’re doing, even though they’re being paid millions. I wonder how much the Jets franchise increased in value while I was writing this. Probably a few million. No wonder half these owners don’t care about winning.

  34. urmomsmyho says: Mar 20, 2017 8:20 PM

    This was a smart leverage move by Big Mac bc the Jets now can’t be held hostage by Denver if they sign Romo and want to trade Simien. Or even another trade partner.

    Looks like Big Mac learned something about painting himself into a corner last year.

    With McCown at a reasonable price you give yourself the flexibility to trade for or draft a QB.

  35. dickgazinya says: Mar 20, 2017 8:24 PM

    Josh McCown is cooked, there’s no reason to have an old qb on a rebuilding team. He’s a good guy but he should hang it up. He was done last year, he really shoulda retired after 2015 season. He would make a good QB coach. As a browns fan I appreciate the effort he put in for the Browns. There’s nobody left worth signing, the jets should draft a late round flyer this year and let petty and hack play this season. They can compete with my 5hitty Browns for first pick next year, which the browns will screw up like they did the year Andrew Luck came out

  36. paulus72blog says: Mar 20, 2017 8:47 PM

    It wasn’t McCown’s fault the Browns lost. He was a decent QB who did well considering his supporting cast and terrible defense. The Browns gave up 30 pts a game. I think it makes sense to sign him to a one year deal while the QB the Jets draft develops. I wish Josh well.

    Browns fan

  37. QB Film Room says: Mar 20, 2017 8:48 PM

    This Organization is so lacking with Bringing in QBs!!! LOL McCown is another Version of Ryan Fitzpatrick but perhaps more of a mentor. McCown was in the UFL in 2009 how in the world is he all of a sudden a world class veteran QB??? Trestman???

  38. thetooloftools says: Mar 20, 2017 8:57 PM

    I’m sure he’ll be getting the franchise tag next year.

  39. easydog100 says: Mar 20, 2017 9:01 PM

    wow….. as a Browns’ fan …. I find that AMAZING! He’s a great guy but I’m afraid he’s best years have passed him by.

  40. bigmark67 says: Mar 20, 2017 9:15 PM

    McCown is a decent back up and always puts forth a great effort. Would have like the raiders to sign him instead of EJ Manuel to back up Carr.

  41. rbrtcross7 says: Mar 20, 2017 10:13 PM

    Josh McCown = guaranteed first pick in the draft. Don’t believe me? QB for the Bucs, first round pick that led to Jameis Winston. Signs with the Browns, and now they have the first round pick. Not a coincidence……

  42. rexryansboobs says: Mar 20, 2017 10:18 PM

    igotgamenj says:
    Mar 20, 2017 7:22 PM
    poor guy ….


    $6M guaranteed

    I should be that poor

  43. fansince68 says: Mar 20, 2017 11:02 PM

    One of my favorite players in the league. Great team guy who can get the ball to the play makers. No one is confusing him with Elway, but he’s a fighter. Like.

  44. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 21, 2017 4:59 AM

    He’s not great, but he’s better than Petty or Hackenberg.

    Then again, from what we’ve seen of Hackenberg, he makes Jim Druckenmiller look like a good QB

  45. icebergsimpson says: Mar 21, 2017 6:55 AM

    McCown is a great starter if you want to secure the #1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft

    -Bucs Fans

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