Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

McCown unretiring to sign with Eagles

McCown unretiring to sign with Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have brought Josh McCown out of retirement. Since the signing isn't official just yet, the team hasn't announced a corresponding move for the 90-man roster.

McCown, 40, retired after last season and planned to serve as an analyst for ESPN, but he apparently told the network he wanted to play and would consider returning to the National Football League for the right opportunity.

The deal will be $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million. He will likely be the backup for Eagles starter, Carson Wentz.

The Eagles' backup quarterback position was in shambles after two preseason games. Cody Kessler will be gone, a victim of his failure to identify the unblocked rusher on the play that led to his concussion.

Schefter reported that the Eagles were interested in McCown before the injuries, though.

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McCown retired in the off-season after serving as a mentor past year to New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

The Ravens and the Eagles will take part in joint practices on Monday and Tuesday. His best season as a professional came in 2013 with the Chicago Bears, where starting quarterback Jay Cutler missed time, allowing McCown to throw for 13 touchdowns and one interception over eight appearances.

McCown was set to become an analyst for ESPN, and he is regarded as a positive locker room presence.

Pederson said that it is uncertain whether or not McCown will play this Thursday night in the home preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

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