Eagles sign Josh McCown

Eliot Shorr-Parks
August 17, 2019 - 10:17 am

The Eagles have made a major move at backup quarterback. 

According to ESPN the team is bringing in veteran Josh McCown on a one-year deal, a move that not only gives them arguably the best backup quarterback in the league, but drastically changes their quarterback situation. The Eagles are giving McCown $2 million fully guaranteed, with the chance to go up to $5.4 million, according to the report. 

McCown played for the New York Jets last season but decided to retire this offseason. Clearly a chance to play for the Eagles and backup Carson Wentz changed his mind. 

McCown's stats last season in four games -- one touchdown to four interceptions in 60 attempts-- are not impressive, but he did throw 18 touchdowns to nine interceptions in 2017 when he started 13 games. In McCown, the Eagles have a veteran who has 99 games of NFL experience. Although he has never played in the playoffs, the Eagles would likely feel more confident putting him into a big, regular-season if Wentz were to go down than they would putting in Sudfeld, who has never started a game. 

The decision to bring in McCown could have a major impact on the quarterbacks the Eagles' keep and the depth chart. 

Now that McCown is on his way in the Eagles will have a trio of Wentz, McCown and Nate Sudfeld as their quarterbacks on the roster. It is now very unlikely they keep Cody Kessler, who has not played well in his short time with the Eagles. Keeping Clayton Thorson is going to be tough as well. With Sudfeld currently healing from a broken wrist on his non-throwing hand, McCown will be the top backup to Wentz. It is also likely he will be the backup once Sudfeld is healthy, as McCown came out of retirement and a job at ESPN to join the team. 

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