Josh McCown has a pretty sweet gig with the Eagles, especially at 41 years old
McCown is an established veteran QB, but at this juncture, he’s probably better suited for the sidelines than between the hashmarks. The Eagles have that exact same mindset, which is why they signed him as their emergency QB that’ll pay him virtually nothing (in NFL QB terms), and allow him to stay home in Texas unless they absolutely need him.
The veteran has taken Philadelphia to the postseason before, although the team fell short of their ultimate goal. He is no Nick Foles, but should Carson Wentz succumb to injury again in 2020, or a COVID-19 crisis trike the Eagles locker room, McCown will be ready (and perhaps most importantly, nowhere near the team).
What does the Eagles depth chart look like after signing McCown?
Overall, things are virtually unchanged. Behind Wentz is Nate Sudfeld of Indiana and Jalen Hurts, who was selected in April’s draft out of Oklahoma. It’s a relatively unproven batch of signal-callers, but the Eagles trust them enough to feel confident in their QB situation.
It’s unlikely McCown ever has to fly to Philadelphia, as such a situation would only arise if two of the Eagles quarterbacks fall due to injury or must sit out with COVID-19. Should that be the case, and the Eagles opt not to sign another QB instead of McCown, then the 41-year-old will be back in familia colors, far away from the comforts of his Texas home.
McCown is playing the role of quarantine QB, one who will remain away from the team as a precaution. It’s a measure that was first mentioned by Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians months ago, but the Eagles are the first to employ such a strategy.