Eagles Signing Veteran Josh McCown Out of Retirement as Insurance

McCown's deal reportedly includes $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million.

The Eagles are basically taking out a new insurance policy.

With injuries at the QB position, the Eagles are signing veteran Josh McCown out of retirement, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

According to Schefter, McCown's deal includes $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million. The Eagles paid him enough to lure him out of retirement.

With Nate Sudfeld set to miss the beginning of the season with a fractured wrist and after Cody Kessler suffered a concussion early in Thursday night's preseason game, the Eagles needed to sign another quarterback.

McCown announced his retirement in June, but his stay away from the NFL was short-lived.

After entering the NFL in 2002, McCown has started 76 career games. The Eagles will be his 11th NFL team and this will be his 17th NFL season. And at 40, McCown will be the Eagles' oldest player, taking that title from Jason Peters. He'll also be the fourth-oldest player in the league in the 2019 season.

McCown last played for the Jets in 2017-18. In his long career, McCown has completed 60.2 percent of his passes with 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions and a passer rating of 79.7.

The Eagles are hoping to never see McCown play much this season. If Carson Wentz stays healthy, they'll never have to use this new insurance policy. But since Nate Sudfeld will be out until possibly October with a fractured left wrist, the Eagles will at least go into the season with a competent backup.

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