The Jets have re-signed quarterback Josh McCown.
McCown, who originally signed with the Jets last March, started 13 games for the Green & White in 2017 and set personal bests with 2,926 yards passing and 18 touchdowns through the air. The 6'4", 218-pounder completed 67.3% of his passes, which ranked third in the NFL when he was placed on injured reserve in December after breaking his left hand in Week 14 action at Denver. McCown's career-high five scores on the ground tied for the league high for quarterbacks when his season ended.
"Obviously familiarity on both sides was key and for me, I've been on a few teams now and changed scenery a little bit," McCown said on Wednesday. "To have a chance to come back to a place that I've had an opportunity to build relationships with the people in the building and especially the guys in the locker room was important to me. It was hard to pass that up."
Following his career year, McCown was named Curtis Martin Jets Team MVP as voted by his teammates. He became the sixth quarterback to win the award and the first since Chad Pennington in 2002.
Working with Jeremy Bates, the 38-year-old McCown flourished. Bates, who was Todd Bowles' quarterbacks coach in 2017 and mentored McCown while serving in the same capacity with Chicago in 2012, was promoted to offensive coordinator in February.
In 95 career games over 15 seasons, McCown has completed 60.4% of his passes for 17,168 yards with 97 touchdowns and 78 interceptions. He also has rushed for 1,076 yards and amassed 13 touchdowns on the ground.
"When you hit a quarterback market, there are guys that are going to go to different places," McCown said. "I just kind of had to wait and see where that was going to go and once certain dominos fell a certain way, there's an opportunity to return to the Jets and I was excited about that."
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