Josh McCown says he is not planning to retire and would like to return to the Jets in 2018.
QB Josh McCown, 38, who was non-committal at the end of the season about playing in 2018, says he has decided to play and would like to return to the Jets. He's a pending free agent. (via @nflnetwork). #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 24, 2018
McCown will turn 39 on the Fourth of July.
The journeyman had a solid statistical season in 2017 for the Jets, but this team needs to figure out a long-term solution at the quarterback position. A guy pushing 40 years old certainly would not fit that description.
Unless the Jets go big in free agency and land Kirk Cousins, finding that long-term solution will likely come through the Draft. The team would likely bring in a veteran as a potential bridge starter to slide into a backup role. Would McCown make sense then? You could make an argument, but I would like to think the Jets could do better than McCown. They could at least find somebody who could help as a backup for more than a year. There is lots of talk about McCown’s value as a potential mentor, but the whole idea of mentorship seems overrated to me. There aren’t many success stories on the list of young quarterbacks McCown has “mentored” in the past.