Eagles To Sign Josh McCown

The Eagles will sign Josh McCown to man their backup quarterback spot, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports (Twitter link). It’s a one-year, $2MM deal with $1.7MM in base compensation, a $300K signing bonus, and $3.4MM available through playing time incentives (Twitter link via SiriusXM’s Adam Caplan). 

Philadelphia entered the preseason with Nate Sudfeld and Cody Kessler competing for the No. 2 spot on the QB depth chart. Sudfeld broke his wrist during the team’s first preseason game while Kessler suffered a concussion during their second preseason contest. The franchise also has fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson on the squad. The rookie completed 16-of-26 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown in extended play vs. the Jaguars on Thursday.

Sudfeld is expected to return this season and his roster spot seems secure. Kessler’s future with the team is less certain with the McCown signing and it’s hard to envision a scenario where Thorson is on the squad come week 1.

With Nick Foles departing this offseason, the Eagles lacked a strong option at the back-up QB position. McCown, who spent the last two seasons with the Jets, will provide Philadelphia with a solid veteran who is capable of a spot start or two if needed.

McCown announced his retirement this offseason and was pursing a broadcasting career with ESPN. He’ll resume that career next year after serving as an insurance policy of sorts for Carson Wentz in Philadelphia this upcoming season.

McCown’s contract will be a one-year deal with a $2MM base salary that is fully guaranteed, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweets. Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (Twitter link) hears that the deal could be worth as much as $5.4MM with incentives.

The Eagles will be the 40-year-old’s 10th team of his 17-year career. He spent the last two seasons with the Jets where he appeared in 17 contests for the club. McCown also previously spent time in the UFL, where he played for the Hartford Colonials.

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      • amk3510

        McCown is a fantastic mentor and does more for the team than America hating Kaep ever would. We saw it first hand when Darnold showed tremendous strides in his rookie year learning from McCown

    • kevin

      kap demands starting money inorder to be a backup and noone is gonna pay him that just to be a backup . he comes with alot of drama and that all takes away from the team and he’s not a good veteran leader .

      I like McCown pock up he has had good times and bad times but he is a leader and he’s pretty inexpensive

  1. jdrushton

    Thorson will be on the practice squad if the Eagles can get him through waivers.

  2. Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    I guess the Eagles didn’t want to go the Copernicus route, which is a good thing. No one needs drama like that

    • DarkSide830

      the dude hasnt played since 2016. that’s a bigger reason why he hansnt signed at this point.

    • troll_smasher

      What would actually be drama, was if the Orioles could beat the Yankees. The most the fight they’ve shown was between player/manager

    • Polish Hammer

      Not a bad insurance policy at that price. He can hold that clipboard and allow Sudfeld to heal and Thorson to focus on developing on the practice squad.

  3. Polish Hammer

    Considering this guy is getting $2mil guarantee plus incentives he’s staying while the obvious man out is Kessler. Sudfeld will heal up and Thorson will be cut with hopes to clear his way to the Practice Squad.

  4. crosseyedlemon

    How many more Eagle QBs have to get injured before Micheal Vick attempts a comeback?

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