Josh McCown Ends Retirement to Sign With Eagles

The backup quarterback speculation has finally come to an end -- and it's someone who came out of left field. Today the Eagles lured Josh McCown out of retirement to sign a one-year deal with the team.


A $2 Million contract puts McCown in the same neighborhood salary-wise as Nate Sudfeld. This may be an indicator that Sudfeld's injury may take longer to heal, and the team will possibly put him on injured reserve to force him to miss at least half of the season. The team obviously doesn't want rookie Clayton Thorson pressed into the backup role, so they went ahead and signed a veteran journeyman quarterback who has real experience.

McCown has 17,707 passing yards and 98 passing touchdowns in 18 seasons in the NFL, playing in 99 career games. If you count QB wins as a real stat, he hasn't really led his team to many wins, recording a measly 23-53 record in games he started. It doesn't sound like Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson see QB wins as a way to evaluate a quarterback, because they see McCown as a veteran who could possibly get the job done when called into action.

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