Josh McCown is making history, as the 18-year veteran becomes the oldest player ever on an NFL practice squad. The Philadelphian Eagles recently signed the 41-year-old veteran to their practice squad as an emergency quarterback.
In previous years the practice squad was only limited to players with limited NFL experience. However, with COVID concerns, the NFL waived this limitation. With this limitation gone, NFL teams can now sign up to four players, no matter their experience level. The Eagles seem to be taking advantage of this with Josh McCown.
Much like Josh McCown’s place on the practice squad, his contract is also quite odd. McCown will earn a paycheck of $12,000 each week. However, he will remain at his home in Texas. He will work out and attend meetings virtually. If the quarterback room loses two players, due to either COVID or injury, then Josh McCown would swoop in and join the Eagles wherever they may be.
Josh McCown served as the Eagles backup quarterback in 2019. He played sparingly during the regular season until the playoffs. He took over for Carson Wentz, who suffered a concussion against the Seattle Seahawks in a 17-9 playoff loss. In that loss, McCown completed 18 of 24 passes for 174 yards. He also rushed for 23 yards.
In an uncertain season and a difficult preseason, Josh McCown is an excellent pickup for the Eagles’ quarterback room. His experience can help him teach and mentor Carson Wentz’s young backups, Nate Sudfeld and Jalen Hurts. However, in the unlikely situation where McCown has to fly in and suit up for Philly, the coaching staff can be confident in his ability to manage his team and play solid football.
Whether or not Josh McCown will be activated is unknown. What is known, however, is that if he is guaranteed to make $204,000. All he will have to do is sit on his couch in Texas and relax. Not bad for 16 Sundays of work.