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NFL Insider Field Yates shared his thoughts on what the New York Jets should do at the quarterback position. 

I’ve heard a lot of different theories and ideas for what the New York Jets should do at the quarterback position this offseason.

Although the latest hypothesis intrigues me greatly.

NFL Insider Field Yates shared his take on what the Jets should do in his column for ESPN penned, ‘Making every team’s biggest free agent decision’:

Josh McCown had a productive 2017 before a broken hand sent him to injured reserve. He’s also universally respected within the organization. But the Jets will be financially equipped with about $70 million in cap space to make a run at any of the quarterbacks who hit the open market, including Kirk Cousins. Signing Cousins would be a prudent move that could accelerate the reboot. That’s the starting point.

Verdict: Pursue Cousins, re-sign McCown on a one-year deal as a fallback. (Note: Cousins and McCown happen to share an agent.)”

Old and older?

It would be an odd combo for a team that is in a desperate search for a ‘young’ franchise quarterback. Although they’d likely use one of their draft picks on a developmental guy at the very least or stay on the Christian Hackenberg train. Pick your poison.

McCown would obviously come on the cheap and he clearly built a rapport with this team and coaching staff. He can never stay healthy anyway, so why not put him where he performs best, as a backup in spot duty.


Kirk Cousins is going to be the highest-paid player in NFL history, so he can be the bell cow and, if anything goes wrong, McCown will be waiting in the wings as an emergency option.

This would be the ‘win now’ approach for the Jets who would say heck to developing a QB, let’s push all the chips into the middle of the table and do this thing. I’m sure that would be a well-accepted message among the fanbase, considering this team is in the midst of the third-longest playoff drought in the NFL today.

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