Could the New York Jets be interested in quarterback Josh McCown?

Could Josh McCown be among the Jets backup plans if they don't re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Yet another article starts by stating that, yes the Jets still want Ryan Fitzpatrick back. As Todd Bowles said, Fitzpatrick is their first choice but if they can't workout a deal then they have plan B, C and D in place. Could one of those options be Browns quarterback Josh McCown?

ESPN's Rich Cimini is reporting the Jets do have interest in McCown but "they'd rather wait until he's released" than trade for him.

We already know Robert Griffin III is no longer an option since he just signed with the Browns, and the entire NFL world expects the Browns to draft a quarterback with the second overall pick in the draft, which would make it appear that McCown will be the odd man out in Cleveland.

At 36-years-old McCown is, somehow, even more of a journeyman that Fitzpatrick. He's been a career backup - who has never played in, not started but played in, more than 14 games in a season - who parlayed one stint filling in for Jay Cutler, for an eight game stretch, into a whole lot of money and just as many disappointing starts. McCown can be serviceable at times but that's the best he has to offer. If the Jets can't figure out a way to get Fitzpatrick back they may just have to settle for serviceable.

If the Jets did trade for, or sign if he gets released, McCown he wouldn't be handed the starting job. He would have to compete for that gig with Geno SmithBryce Petty and possibly a rookie quarterback drafted in the middle rounds. As down as most Jets fans are on Smith it's hard to imagine McCown beating Smith out for the job but he could serve as a serviceable backup incase Smith gets hurt or falters during the season and allow Petty to sit and watch for another year like the Jets want him to do. 

So, McCown could be plan D, E or F for the Jets but it's not a particularly good plan. Problem is right now the Jets are stuck between nothing but not particularly good plans.


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