In a career spanning close to two decades, Josh McCown has never been what would be considered anyone’s ‘franchise quarterback.’ But he has remained in the game as a career back-up quarterback. Of course, as the back-up QB, he never got hit in practice and rarely got hit on game day – since he usually didn’t play.
But as a professional football player and one of the more highly regarded back-up quarterbacks, he made a good living. For being ready to play and playing when needed, he made right around $50 million. Sounds like a great job, right? How many people would love to have had a career like his?
It appears that it is only getting better.
The Philadelphia Eagles recently announced that they were signing McCown to their practice squad. At the age of 41, he will be the oldest practice squad player in NFL history. For his troubles, he will get paid $12,000 a week.
He’s not going to break the bank at that salary, but when you consider that he’ll make more in a month than many people do for the entire year, it’s not bad. But it actually gets better for McCown—he gets to stay home.
McCown will be the team’s emergency quarterback behind Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, and rookie Jalen Hurts. He’ll take part in virtual meetings and be responsible for keeping himself ready to play. Should the Eagles have injury issues at quarterback or if the QB room gets hit hard by the coronavirus, the Eagles will call on him.
Has there ever been a better job?
After coming out of retirement last year to sign with the Eagles, McCown appeared in three games, attempted five passes, and completed three for 24 yards. The last time he started a game was in 2018 when he was with the New York Jets.