Quarterback Josh McCown Signs One-Year Deal With Jets

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Josh McCown with the Cleveland Browns during a game last October. He went 1-10 with Cleveland over the last two seasons.

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The Jets ended last season without this season’s starting quarterback on their roster. It was time for Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, free agents both, to depart the organization, and the team does not perceive either of its young quarterbacks, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, as ready yet for the job — maybe just for now, maybe at all.

And so, as the Jets evaluate their internal options, they moved to sign a veteran, Josh McCown, who will serve as much as a mentor as a placeholder — for Petty, Hackenberg or, once again, someone who does not yet play for the Jets.

After visiting the Jets on Friday and Saturday, McCown, who turns 38 in July, agreed to a one-year deal worth $6 million guaranteed, making him the favorite to open the season as the starter.

The Jets are known to have expressed interest in at least two other free agents — Jay Cutler and Chase Daniel — but in turning to McCown, they are at…

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