The New York Jets signing of Josh McCown left some with their eyebrows raised, but the team has protected itself through incentives.The New York Jets signed Josh McCown on Monday to a one-year, $6 million deal. But Albert Breer of MMQB revealed that there is more to the deal than first reported.
The deal is loaded with incentives that could earn McCown a nice sum of money.
Breer reported that for every game that he plays 50 percent of the snaps, he can earn $125 thousand dollars. If he does this for every game next season, he can earn an extra $2 million.
Also — try not to laugh — he can earn an additional $2 million if the team makes the playoffs, $1.5 million if they reach Super Bowl 51 and another $1.5 million if they can win the Super Bowl.
$2M in playtime incentives – McCown gets $125K for each game he plays 50% of the snaps in. $5M in team incentives: playoffs, SB, SB win.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 20, 2017
It’s safe to say that the Jets will be able to keep those $5 million. This is due to the fact that McCown has never had a winning season as a starter, as he has an overall career record of 18-42.
So in the words of Jim Mora “Playoffs! I’m just trying to win a game.” That should be the Jets mindset for next season.
The Jets are looking like a team that’ll be lucky to win three games — maybe four.
Furthermore, they should be able to save $125 thousand a few times as well. McCown has never played a full 16 game season during his 14 years in the NFL.
The incentives are obviously a way to sweeten the deal, but don’t expect McCown to receive too much extra money.