Josh McCown to sign 1-year deal with Eagles, per reports

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After Cody Kessler went down with a head injury early in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Jaguars, Clayton Thorson was left with the load. And while Thorson performed better than he did the week prior against the Titans, he still that’s not exactly a suitable comfort as the main option behind Carson Wentz when the season starts. With Nate Sudfeld out for at least a handful of games early in the season due to his broken wrist, the Eagles had a decision to make. Can they count on Wentz to stay healthy before Sudfeld returns? Would Kessler be healthy enough to start the season as the backup?

So, today, the team decided to bring in Josh McCown on a one-year deal. According to reports by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles signed McCown for the season with a $2 million base guarantee and could be worth up to $5.4 million.

It’s more of a comfort than Thorson, and maybe even Kessler, but when Sudfeld returns, it’s likely he’d become the third backup option again if McCown doesn’t get into any games and stays healthy. Of course, none of this will matter if Wentz stays healthy, and that’s been a big talking point locally and nationally for the last few months. Wentz may have to change his game a little bit to make sure he avoids the big hits while holding the ball so long, but with an improved running game, hopefully we won’t have to see the quarterback taking big hits as often.

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