Josh McCown
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Former New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown will come out of retirement, sign a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

It didn’t take too long for Josh McCown to return to the football field.

On Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Philadelphia Eagles are gearing up to sign McCown to a one-year deal. McCown, who previously played for the New York Jets, announced his retirement from the NFL this summer. He was working as an analyst for ESPN and plans to resume that career after this year.

The Eagles have dealt with injuries to their backup quarterbacks this preseason, leading to the signing of McCown. Nate Sudfeld suffered a broken left wrist in the first preseason game on Aug. 8 and won’t return until the regular season. Cody Kessler, on the other hand, is in the concussion protocol after a hit taken in the team’s second preseason game this past week.

The group of active Philadelphia quarterbacks now includes rookie Clayton Thorson, McCown and starter Carson Wentz.

McCown, 40, appeared in four games for the Jets last year, starting in three for the then-injured Sam Darnold.  McCown completed 54.5% of his throws for 539 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions.

This will be the ninth NFL team the veteran has spent time with. Since entering the league in 2002, McCown has been a member of the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccanneers, Cleveland Browns and the Jets.

Wentz will be the clear-cut starter going into the regular season, but then again, he’s proved to be injury-prone in the past. The Eagles have played five playoff games in the past two seasons, with the former No. 2 overall pick not playing in any of them. You never know if you’ll see the 17-year veteran McCown get some playing time for Philadelphia this year.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.