The Jets were happy with just about everything Josh McCown did for them last season. So once free agent Kirk Cousins shunned them for the Vikings, McCown's return was only a matter of time.
It became official on Tuesday afternoon when McCown re-signed with the Jets, according to his agent, Mike McCartney. The 38-year-old McCown returns on a one-year deal, according to an NFL source, that could pay him as much as $10 million.
The Jets officially announced the deal on Wednesday night.
And that is Part 2 of what SNY has reported is the Jets' Plan B at quarterback. Part 1 is signing 25-year-old Teddy Bridgewater -- and as SNY reported earlier on Tuesday, the Jets are currently engaged in contract talks with the soon-to-be-former Viking.
The Bridgewater/McCown pairing has been the Jets' fallback option for weeks in the event that they couldn't sign Cousins, who will reportedly be signing a fully-guaranteed, three-year, $86 million deal with Minnesota in the coming days. The Jets are intrigued by Bridgewater's potential, since he's only 25, was once a rising star in the NFL, and has two full years as a starter and a trip to the Pro Bowl under his belt.
But since Bridgewater has missed the last two seasons with a devastating knee injury, the Jets wanted some veteran insurance. And they knew McCown was their best option, even though he turns 39 in July. He was mostly terrific for the Jets last season, completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 2,926 yards and 18 touchdowns with just nine interceptions in 13 starts.
The Jets only finished 5-11 and McCown finished the season on injured reserve with a broken left hand, but it was statistically the finest season of his career.
The Jets, according to a source, also were thrilled with his positive attitude and influence on the locker room. They view him as the perfect mentor for a young quarterback like Bridgewater -- a role that McCown has said he would embrace.
The Jets may also still add another young quarterback to their roster, even if they do complete the Bridgewater deal. A source would not rule out the possibility of the Jets using the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft on a quarterback. The two current quarterbacks on their roster -- Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg -- do not appear to be part of the Jets' future plans.