Josh McCown has however to make a decision about participating in in what would be his 17th NFL period, but the 39-year-aged quarterback could provide essential continued mentorship to Sam Darnold in the youthful gunslinger’s 2nd period in the league.
Darnold was the unquestioned starter in 2018, but McCown stepped in when Darnold experienced a foot personal injury midway through the period. The veteran looked just about every little bit as washed up as his age suggested. Pursuing a job year as the Jets starter the year just before, McCown went -3 as a starter this earlier period and threw for 539 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in four appearances.
At this phase in his job, McCown is practically nothing far more than a player-mentor for Darnold, who in a time of disaster could stage into a starter’s position. The Jets paid out McCown $10 million in 2018 just before they signed Teddy Bridgewater and drafted Darnold, but with Darnold totally entrenched as the starter New York must want a lower price if McCown had been to return. That is if Adam Gase even wishes McCown around.
Darnold raved about McCown’s mentorship during the 2018 period, even crediting McCown with his solid finish to the period. With an practically totally new employees in area on offense, McCown’s existence would provide at the very least a part of consistency and comfortability for Darnold as he adapts to operating with Gase.
McCown is an knowledgeable quarterback who will not ever be tasked with leading the Jets until Darnold succumbs to personal injury once again. Because of his age, he’ll practically absolutely appear cheaper than any other veteran free of charge agent on the marketplace, and anyone will know McCown will be no threat to Darnold’s task as the starter.
Just after a fantastic 2017 period as the Jets’ starter, McCown looked his age in his four appearances in 2018. He wasn’t practically as effective in leading the offense as Darnold and the group experienced mighty with McCown underneath heart. That pattern would only continue in 2019 if McCown is retained, thinking about he’ll he 40 by the time the period starts and because he’s by no means labored with Gase.
The Jets could certainly discover a far better again-up quarterback in free of charge company, one that wouldn’t make the offense any even worse than it previously may be. McCown’s rate could also be a tiny larger than the Jets want to shell out for a glorified mentor. There is no way McCown will question for one more seven-digit deal, but he could question for far more than other free of charge agent again-ups on the marketplace presented his very clear position on the group. Keep in thoughts, he can always retire if he doesn’t like the offer.
Bringing McCown again makes sense only if he by no means sees the field. He would be a genuine player-mentor and would practically absolutely have to be 3rd on the quarterback depth chart guiding a far more qualified passer who could, if required, perform in Darnold’s area.
On a low-cost offer with a evidently outlined position, McCown would only support Darnold’s development. Nearly anything far more, and the Jets would be far better off letting McCown go, or at the very least be introduced in as a quarterback consultant or coaching assistant.