Buzz: Expect Jets to be in the running for Josh McCown

Don Banks of SI.com writes that he expects the Jets to be very much in the running for Bears backup QB Josh McCown in the coming days.

While the Bucs make the most sense as the favorite, both Houston and the Jets are expected to invite McCown for early free-agent visits and stay competitive in the running to land him. The Texans clearly could offer McCown a starting opportunity as a “bridge quarterback,” allowing them to bypass taking a quarterback at the top of the draft and select a defensive star like South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney or Buffalo’s Khalil Mack. Houston would presumably then use its second-round pick — No. 33 overall — to take a future franchise quarterback (Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo?), giving him perhaps a season of grooming behind McCown.

From that perspective, both the Bucs and Jets would offer McCown the potential of longer-term starting chances, with neither Glennon or Smith having definitively proven they are clear-cut No. 1 quarterbacks. New York, especially, is in win-now mode, as coach Rex Ryan is again working in the second-to-last year of his contract and probably needs to snap his team’s three-year playoff drought in order to return in 2015.


Update – 4:02 p.m.: McCown will visit Tampa, Houston and then the Jets (Rapoport, March 11).

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

We’ve discussed before that while we like McCown, the big issue was that until he was flopped into a Marc Trestman offense with Alshon Jeffrey, Brandon Marshall, Marty Bennett and Forte to throw to, he was a low-level backup.  Now that he’s padded those stats in one outlier season, he’s seen as a more attractive option.  Even if the Jets go out and draft a first round receiver and add through free agency they won’t have an offense in 2014 that could equal what the Bears did in 2013.

We like McCown, but buyer beware.




9 comments
McGeorge
McGeorge

No way is McCown worth anything.  Keep the money and spend it on a corner back or receiver.  Even Jarius Byrd.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife


Appears the Jets G.M. John Idzik is being his usual patient self. He'll probably jump in on the second day of free agency when prices go down. He's probably right albeit Jets Nation wants action. 
-JOB

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

Why do the Jets refuse to sign free agents???!!!! Fire Idjit!! 

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

I agree with Bassett's assessment. Until he can lift a team rather than be carried by one, McCown remains a journeyman. 

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

From Brian Bassett: " We like McCown, but buyer beware " 


Truth !

jimjets
jimjets

Well yes the bears o was a Cadillac last year. I should hope - and there's no reason not too - ours is this year. Upgraded I line 2 or 3 new receivers a te maybe a great scat back. Yea. If needed he could succeed here too. Oh and don't forget. We play defense