Josh McCown retired earlier this offseason, but has decided to come back to football to play for the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news.
Josh McCown, who announced his retirement this summer to spend more time with family, is returning to play his 17th NFL season with the Eagles, per sources.
McCown is signing a 1-year deal with the but plans to resume his broadcasting career with ESPN after season, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2019
The 40-year-old quarterback will be playing his 17th season in the NFL this year for the Eagles. He has passed for 17,707 yards, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions on 60.2 percent completion. Philadelphia will be the ninth team that McCown has played for in his career.
Philadelphia was in the market for a backup quarterback for a variety of reasons. Nick Foles signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. New backup Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist and will be out at least six weeks. Cody Kessler suffered a concussion, which means Clayton Thorson was the only healthy quarterback behind Carson Wentz before McCown was signed.
McCown signed on to be a part of ESPN’s broadcasting team, but will now try to go back to that after this season.