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Josh McCown cashes in with the Jets

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In theory, it may have made more sense for Josh McCown to serve as the backup to Dak Prescott in Dallas instead of becoming the Week One starter on a weak roster that is too deep into a rebuild for a 37-year-old quarterback to realize any sigificant benefits. But theory doesn’t further feather the nest.

McCown will make at least $6 million guaranteed in 2017 with the Jets, an amount that is surely much larger than what the Cowboys would have paid. (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.

PFT confirmed that McCown will make $125,000 for each game in which he takes more than 50 percent of the snaps. He can also make an extra $2 million if the Jets qualify for the playoffs, another $1.5 million if the Jets make it to Super Bowl LII, and another $1.5 million if they win it. (He has 65-percent cumulative playing-time triggers that apply to each of the postseason incentives.)

In other words, McCown can make another $2 million based on playing time.

It’s still a great deal for McCown, who instantly ocuppies the top spot of the depth chart, and who can add $125,000 for each game that he holds that spot.

In contrast, the Cowboys are paying Kellen Moore $775,000 for the full season.

It’s also a pretty good deal for the Jets, given that they paid twice as much last year for a starter who did half of what he did the prior year. And it means that, barring a serious injury to McCown during the offseason program or trianing camp, they won’t be pursuing Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick, or any other veteran quarterback who would cost more than the league minimum.

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42 Responses to “Josh McCown cashes in with the Jets”
  1. ashes2ashesfun2funky says: Mar 20, 2017 8:25 PM

    Talk about a guy that has made his money. Definition of journeyman quarterback. It is going to be a long season for the Jets, who have to hope that Hackenberg and Petty develop fast.

  2. intrafinesse says: Mar 20, 2017 8:25 PM

    The Jets GM, Mike Maccagnan, panics and overpays. The Jets will be terrible this year, and there was no need to overpay McCown 8MM.
    In fact, the Jets need to tank and go 1-15 to get the top QB in 2018. Maccagnan is acting as if he wants them to go 3-13 and miss out on a good QB.
    There is no difference between 1-15 and 3-13, both stink, so embrace the tank and do it right.

  3. dohczeppelin says: Mar 20, 2017 8:37 PM

    Go Josh

  4. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Mar 20, 2017 8:53 PM

    The Jets finally found that missing piece.

  5. ampats says: Mar 20, 2017 9:05 PM

    January 10,1969,

    Looks like a lock that Jets fans will be celebrating the 50 th Anniversary since their last SB .

    For Pats fans its been 43 days and possibly less then 365 days for ring # 6 for TB12 ?

    Hopefully the Jets will find another Richard Todd with their first pick in the 2018 draft !

  6. coltsreign says: Mar 20, 2017 9:07 PM

    Anyone can cash in with the jets.

  7. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 20, 2017 9:07 PM

    You realize he’s about as durable as Tony Romo, right?

  8. SEACTNFL says: Mar 20, 2017 9:11 PM

    Panics and overpays? No way in hell is that overpaid and in what world is this signing proof of panic? Delusional.

    No football team intentionally tanks. They need a veteran QB in that room. And every year I hear about just wait till next years QBs they’ll be soo much better.

    The Jets are rebuilding. Besides Brandon Marshall they did not released anyone who wouldn’t have been released anyways based on their talent/price tag. If you can’t see what the Jets are trying to do here you just don’t know football.

  9. berserktripon says: Mar 20, 2017 9:13 PM

    Like the move. Cheap money, no breaking the bank for Cutler or Romo – thatd be a major mistake – Jets are realizing they don’t see their next QB out there as a FA or have him yet. But you don’t want an 0-16 dumpster fire. It won’t help Peake, Anderson or Enunwa develop. Maybe they draft Watson after this.

  10. grogansheroes says: Mar 20, 2017 9:23 PM

    With the jets Oline, he will be injured by week 3.

  11. fordmandalay says: Mar 20, 2017 9:25 PM

    I used to think that Mark Sanchez was the luckiest guy on the planet because he was a bad QB who; Got paid millions of dollars even though he was bad; Had underwear model good looks; Dated the hottest actresses and supermodels in New York; Was the New York media darling.

    But McCown gives him a good run for luckiest guy on the planet. 15 years of being the posterboy for mediocrity, and still at 37 and not having done anything notable for a couple of years, he’s still got NFL teams fighting to sign him, and finally signing with those same Sanchez NY Jests for $6-$8 million and a presumed starting job.

    The NFL, where mediocrity is the new normal. Have the Jests raised ticket prices yet for the privilege of seeing McCown play?

  12. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Mar 20, 2017 9:34 PM

    The fact that someone like him can get 6 mil guaranteed in the NFL is mind boggling ,the fact that it’s the Jets paying him makes it easier to accept !

  13. tonebones says: Mar 20, 2017 9:59 PM

    Don’t panic Jets fans. This contract sounds to me like the Jets are going to draft a young QB, and he’ll take over by the 3rd or 4th week.

  14. rea725 says: Mar 20, 2017 10:01 PM

    Good guy, would excel on a good team (would have made sense for Denver). Will be a good mentor for Hackenburg or whatever rookie is groomed for the spot.

    He’s very Dilfer-esque.

    -Browns fan

  15. stipez says: Mar 20, 2017 10:02 PM

    That’s a lotta cupcakes!

  16. tomrad70 says: Mar 20, 2017 10:07 PM

    Jets would have been better off giving up a couple of #1’s for Garoppolo.

  17. jakehoyt says: Mar 20, 2017 10:27 PM

    The Jets doing Jet things

  18. omeimontis says: Mar 20, 2017 11:13 PM

    Weird signing. Tim Tebow and Johnny Football are still available and they cost much less money to sign.

  19. stillabucsfan says: Mar 20, 2017 11:31 PM

    2-22 in the past 3 years… jets set the bar HIGHHHHH. 1-15 will be their record

  20. absolutevisuals says: Mar 20, 2017 11:35 PM

    I like Josh. He may be a journeyman but the game has slowed down for him and he’s been pretty fun to watch.

  21. jake6879 says: Mar 21, 2017 12:00 AM

    McCown is a solid veteran QB who consistently outperformed expectations during his career. He is an instant upgrade over other options both on and off the current roster. Strong leadership and a coach-in-the-making QB.. Should be considered a “tweener”, not good enough to start for the best 20 teams but better than almost any 2nd QB in the league. Won’t wow you with strong throws or big play making but can get the job done with the right pieces around him. Recommend limiting him to 20-25 throws per game paired with a strong backfield to keep the pressure off him.

  22. deacon85 says: Mar 21, 2017 12:02 AM

    So McCown makes an additional $5 million if the Jets win the Super Bowl. They should pay him an extra $1 million just for signing that contract with a straight face.

  23. firstand4ever says: Mar 21, 2017 12:06 AM

    The Jets new logo should be a white flag. They just paid 6 million dollars for basically an assistant qb coach. There’s no way he earns those other incentives. 5 million in total if The Jets make the playoffs, get to and win the superbowl. The Jets carried 4 qb’s last year. There is no reason to believe that they won’t do the same thing again. With Petty injured and McCown’s history with injuries. They should carry 4 quarterbacks.

  24. kevpft says: Mar 21, 2017 12:25 AM

    I’m disappointed the Cowboys didn’t get him. If they lose Romo, they have nothing behind Prescott. We’ve seen this story before, they need to do better.

  25. tecmobowl34 says: Mar 21, 2017 12:56 AM

    The 5 game stretch he had under Marc Trestmann in Chicago has made Josh a millionaire several times over. Brian Hoyer had about a 5 game streak last year with 300+ yards and no interceptions. He’s doing fine now too, along with Barkley in SF.

    Funny how everyone clowns the Bears for their QB problems but their castoffs (Jay Cutler not withstanding) keep finding work.

    Cutler will sign somewhere eventually if he wants to. The Vikings are only one fragile QB injury away from picking up the phone.

  26. goodtogo28 says: Mar 21, 2017 1:55 AM

    great signing. maybe josh can bring that winning culture and attitude from cleveland to the jets. should be a very entertaining season.

  27. jim9889 says: Mar 21, 2017 6:11 AM

    Love the move,,,keep the Jets trending in reverse…Ok maybe slide into neutral…
    One note Mike. Watch the Texans with Jimmy G. Make a lot of sense,,,,u know Billy OB likes NE players

  28. jstew0103 says: Mar 21, 2017 6:30 AM

    The Jets are in full rebuild mode. Maybe McCown can teach some of the younger players the passion for football rather than money.

  29. sparxx2157 says: Mar 21, 2017 6:31 AM

    That’s why they signed Josh mcnown because they know he will get hurt that he won’t make it 3 games and either Petty or Hackenberg will have to come in and play the rest of the season and the Jets will lose and be like 2-13 and be in position to get the top quarterback next year coming out of college trust me he knows what he’s doing because he knows mcnown won’t last 3 games this is why the Jets signed him for one year when they could have got Cutler or Kaepernick but they know Cutler Kaepernick would have won more games than him so that’s why they didn’t sign Cutler or Kaepernick. It’s going to be a long season

  30. sparxx2157 says: Mar 21, 2017 6:36 AM

    Mike’s not dumb. He knows Josh mcnown Won’t Last a whole year that’s why he signed him instead of Cutler or Kaepernick see Cutler or Kaepernick had a chance of winning more games then Josh mcnown that’s why they weren’t signed Josh mcnown is injury-prone so he fits the profile perfectly he will get hurt Hackenberg or Petty we’ll come in maybe win two or three games no more than that… then the jets are in position for the top pick next year..## smart GM

  31. nords14 says: Mar 21, 2017 6:56 AM

    It’s good that they finally found their young long term answer at QB especially with many of their OL leaving or being cut.

  32. siriusred67 says: Mar 21, 2017 8:18 AM

    Looks like the Jets are gunning for the #1 overall pick in 2018.

  33. laxcoach37 says: Mar 21, 2017 8:38 AM

    The Jets should petition the league to allow a Throwing Machine to be the QB. It will save them money and it won’t make a difference as they enter a 5 year year Rebuilding to get back to 8-8.

  34. atomicwaste says: Mar 21, 2017 9:06 AM

    All the hallmarks of a Chase Daniel signing. Jets will draft a QB and start McCown to groom the draftee (and their other two benchwarming QBs of the never).

    Happy for Josh though – he’s a consummate pro who’s definitely worth the cash and his budding coach’s mentality will be an asset.

  35. dadsource says: Mar 21, 2017 9:12 AM

    Wtf are the Jets doing?????? Waited through free agency to overpay for Hoyer? Wow.

  36. kcflake says: Mar 21, 2017 9:15 AM

    How many teams have to sign McCown before someone realizes you can’t polish a turd. No matter how much you want it or how much you pay him.

  37. logicaldawg says: Mar 21, 2017 9:24 AM

    He is the nicest losing QB you will ever meet.

  38. captainwhodat says: Mar 21, 2017 9:28 AM

    overpaying McClown, teamed with wasted 2nd round pick Hackenberg. the Jets are intensely going after the Browns title of “most inept NFL franchise”…

  39. bkostela says: Mar 21, 2017 11:57 AM

    captainwhodat says:
    Mar 21, 2017 9:28 AM
    overpaying McClown, teamed with wasted 2nd round pick Hackenberg. the Jets are intensely going after the Browns title of “most inept NFL franchise”…

    $6 million for a starting quarterback wouldn’t even have been called “overpaying” in the 90s.

    There are probably a few backup qbs currently getting paid more.

  40. DitkasHair says: Mar 21, 2017 2:06 PM

    How many times daily does Josh thank Marc Trestman? Or Jay Cutler for that matter….

  41. sparxx2157 says: Mar 21, 2017 5:14 PM

    kcflake says:
    Mar 21, 2017 9:15 AM
    How many teams have to sign McCown before someone realizes you can’t polish a turd. No matter how much you want it or how much you pay him.

    Dude know i know why they call you kcflake your totally missing the point of this signing nobody’s trying to polish a turd you turd it’s called tanking a season

  42. gpete1962 says: Mar 24, 2017 7:28 AM

    Prescot’s 2nd year will be the tell-tale for the cowboys future.
    Now that everybody’s got a full season of game film on him we’ll see just how good he is

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