2. Let’s look at some numbers and McCown’s last stint in the NFL.
The Jacksonville Jaguars selected McCown in the third round of 2002’s NFL Draft (81st overall). For his career, he’s tossed 98 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he’s also tossed 82 interceptions and has a career completion percentage of 60.2 thus the journeyman resume.
He has thrown for 17,707 yards throughout his 16 NFL seasons. Most recently, that career led him to the New York Jets, where he played from 2017 until 2018. While in New York, he compiled a win-loss record of 5-11 in 2017 while completing 64.5 percent of his passes, the second-best total of his career.
The Jets liked some of what they saw and signed him to a one-year, $10 million extension for 2018’s campaign. He’d compete with both Teddy Bridgewater and rookie Sam Darnold for the starting job, but the Jets would eventually give the job to Darnold.
Darnold would be ruled inactive before New York’s Week 10 game due to injury, so McCown was back in the spotlight again. It wouldn’t end well as he threw one touchdown and three interceptions throughout the next two games (both were losses). As you know, most NFL franchises prefer a 3-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio as opposed to McCown’s 1-3 effort.
On June 17th of this year, McCown announced his retirement and was hired by ESPN. He said the right situation would bring him back. It appears he’s found that in a team that has a legitimate shot at a title and a $2 million purse. Heck, $2 million would lure anyone out of retirement. There, we should all be caught up now.