It looks like the Jets will be in the market for a backup quarterback.
Josh McCown, who filled that role last year, released a message on Twitter through his agent that said he has not made a final decision about playing in 2019. The Jets had been waiting to hear from McCown, but now it seems likely they will move on.
“While I still have a strong desire to continue playing, my family dynamics at this point are such that I would like to take more time before making the commitment to play in 2019,” McCown’s statement read. “I have spoken to the Jets to make them aware. I’m excited about spending time with my family as we process what’s next.”
McCown, who turns 40 in July, joined the Jets in 2017 as a free agent. He was the starting quarterback that season, throwing for a career-high 18 touchdowns. He re-signed with the Jets last year on a one-year, $10 million contract.
His primary role was to mentor rookie quarterback Sam Darnold after the Jets took him with the third-overall pick. Darnold and McCown grew very close and the rookie spoke often about the lessons he learned from the veteran.
When Darnold injured his foot in November, McCown started three games but managed just one touchdown against four interceptions and lost all three games.
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The Jets do have Davis Webb under contract, but they surely would look to add another veteran to the quarterbacks room to replace McCown.
One possibility is Ryan Tannehill, who is expected to be cut by the Dolphins. He and Jets coach Adam Gase spent the past three seasons together in Miami and he could help teach Darnold the offense.
The other possibilities for backups won’t inspire anyone. Tyrod Taylor, Brock Osweiler, Robert Griffin III, Trevor Siemian and Sam Bradford are some of the names scheduled to hit free agency.