Jets QB Josh McCown hopes to ‘continue working’ in New York
It’s no secret the New York Jets are in looking for a franchise player at the quarterback position and are determined to make a lucrative offer to Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins in NFL free agency. Although there have been reports the team is expected to make an offer that Cousins might find difficult to refuse, New York will still have trouble competing with other teams that are a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback away from contention.
With Cousins having no shortage of options in free agency during the NFL offseason, the Jets will need to explore all options when it comes to what they can do at quarterback. One of those options will be bringing back veteran Josh McCown who seems more than willing to stay in New York for at least another season, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
“Hopefully we can continue working together,” McCown said. “We’ll see how the rest of that plays out in the coming weeks.”
McCown started 13 games for the Jets this past season. New York finished with a 5-8 record with McCown under center and 5-11 overall. Although McCown is anything but a game changer for the Jets, the veteran showed flashes of some solid play as the starter and finished with his best season of his NFL career.
In the 13 games he played, McCown threw for a career-high 2,926 yards, 18 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also rushed for five touchdowns on 37 carries to go along with 127 yards on the ground. McCown may not put the Jets in Super Bowl title contention, but he proved to be a formidable starter and may only improve with better talent around him.
As for New York’s main goal, it seems to be going all out to sign Cousins. The Jets will have plenty competition in order to do so with the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, and Minnesota Vikings all potentially taking a run at the quarterback once he hits free agency this offseason.
At 38, McCown isn’t the long-term option at quarterback for New York or any other team for that matter. Best case scenario for the soon-to-be free agent is re-signing with the Jets if they can’t get Cousins or hoping to be a viable backup in New York or elsewhere in the NFL next season.