With their quarterback room slowly turning into a hospital ward, the Eagles went out and convinced Josh McCown to come out of retirement and ply a 17th NFL season by signing the veteran to a one-year deal, ESPN reported early Saturday.
McCown, 40, was set to begin his broadcasting career with ESPN but will put those plans on hold for another year. According to the report, McCown will rejoin ESPN after the 2019 season.
Philly’s backup quarterback situation is in shambles after Cody Kessler suffered a concussion less than three minutes into Thursday’s preseason game against the Jaguars. Last week, Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist against the Titans.
Kessler’s misfortune left Clayton Thorson, the 2019 fifth-round pick from Northwestern, to finish the game. He finished a respectable 16-of-26 passing for 175 yards, one touchdown and an interception in a 24-10 win.
Head coach Doug Pederson said after the game the team will evaluate Kessler going forward, but he was clearly concerned about the quarterback column of his depth chart considering he had just one healthy arm behind Carson Wentz, who has his own unfortunate injury history.
Now McCown will provide some extra peace of mind for the Eagles — his ninth NFL team.
For his career, McCown has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 17,707 yards and 98 touchdowns with 82 interceptions in 99 games (76 starts). According to Spotrac , he’s made just shy of $50 million in his 16 seasons.