Jets to sign Josh McCown

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The New York Jets and quarterback Josh McCown have agreed to a one-year deal for the 2017 season, according to McCown’s agent. McCown has spent the past two seasons as a member of the Cleveland Browns. The deal comes just days after former Jets quarterback Geno Smith signed as a member of the New York Giants.

Last season, McCown was one of many quarterbacks to try their hand at salvaging the Browns’ season, as he appeared in five games, making three starts for a team that finished the year 1-15. He lost all three of his starts, while completing a career-low 54.5 percent of his passes. He finished the year tossing six touchdown passes, in addition to six interceptions.

The year prior, McCown suffered through a 1-7 mark as Cleveland’s starter, despite his second solid season in a three-year window. McCown had revitalized his career in a five-game stint as the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback in 2013, going 3-2 when he had his shot, but throwing 13 touchdown passes to just one interception.

His NFL journey began a decade and a half ago, when the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Sam Houston State. He has had a crack at the starting job for a double-digit number of games just twice in his career since then, having gone 18-42 over his 60 starts in 14 NFL seasons since then.

McCown will enter his age 38 season with New York in 2017 as he competes with the only other quarterbacks currently on the roster in youngsters Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg for the starting spot.

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