McCown ending retirement to sign with Eagles

Ross Houston
August 17, 2019

Despite the injuries, the Eagles signed Wentz to a four-year extension worth $128 million.

McCown played 17 seasons in the National Football League with 10 different teams but will end his short-lived analyst career to join the Eagles, who are down two signal-callers. Most recently, McCown spent the past two seasons with the New York Jets and was a mentor for Sam Darnold in 2018. He was working as an analyst for ESPN and plans to resume that career after this year.


The 40-year-old McCown had retired in the offseason after two years with the Jets and was hired as an analyst at ESPN, but ultimately made a decision to come back as the Eagles became desperate in their need for a reliable backup quarterback behind Carson Wentz.

That right opportunity was the Philadelphia Eagles who were in desperate need of a backup quarterback.


The Eagles had planned to enter this season with Nate Sudfeld as Wentz's primary backup, but Sudfeld broke his wrist in the preseason opener against the Titans and is expected to miss the start of the regular season. Cody Kessler, on the other hand, is in the concussion protocol after a hit taken in the team's second preseason game this past week.

The Eagles changed their mind about adding another quarterback, and Josh McCown changed his about retirement. You never know if you'll see the 17-year veteran McCown get some playing time for Philadelphia this year.


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