As reported yesterday, the Jets signed quarterback Josh McCown to a 1 year deal. McCown, coming off of a injury plagued 2016 season with the Cleveland Browns, sits at age 37 with a team in the Jets that is clearly rebuilding. The Jets also have 2 young quarterbacks on their roster in Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. What remains to be seen is who will be the opening week starter for a team that cut several of their high priced veterans including center Nick Mangold, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and cornerback Darrelle Revis.
After these cuts were made, it was clear the Jets were in a total rebuild. So, why bring in Josh McCown some might ask? Realistically, bringing in McCown is to have a veteran on the quarterback staff that will compete with the 2 young guys in Petty and Hackenberg. Many would like to see the team give these 2 young quarterbacks a chance, especially after they made it clear they are starting over with a rebuild.
Something that the McCown signing might eliminate is whether the Jets will draft a quarterback with the 6th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. They now have 3 quarterbacks on the roster, and if they drafted another, they’d definitely have to cut at least one of them. Does that put Petty or Hackenberg on the hot seat? That might not be fair, considering Petty only started a few games last season and Hackenberg, a former 2nd round pick has yet to play in a game. There are 2 quarterbacks who have franchise quarterback potential in Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky. But, the signing of McCown might be a sign that the Jets do not have intentions of drafting either of these 2 players.
The signing of Josh McCown ultimately shows the Jets have no intentions of drafting a quarterback in the upcoming draft, and by signing him to just a 1 year deal the hope is Petty or Hackenberg will show improvements this year, or they have their eyes set on someone in the 2018 draft. Teams usually prefer to have a veteran quarterback on their team, and now the Jets have one. Some might have felt that there were better options on the market, and that might be true. But, the reality is this team is still a long ways from winning. Fans will have to show patience, as the goal for this season will have to be for the team to know exactly who Petty and Hackenberg are. With the 6th overall pick in the upcoming draft, the team does not only need a quarterback, as they have many holes on the team. McCown coming in also does not grant him the starting job. Hopefully he will be a good locker room guy, and push the two young quarterbacks in a summer competition for the starting job. The team still has many questions, and expectations seem to be low for the New York Jets in 2017. What a difference a year makes for this team.