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Josh McCown happy to come out of retirement

August 18, 2019 - 4:17 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Josh McCown could have stayed away from the playing field, but the chance to play for a contender was simply too good to pass up.

McCown announced his retirement and was planning to begin the next chapter of his life as an analyst for ESPN. However, McCown left the door open for a return. The 18-year veteran has played for ten other NFL teams in his career. He has been part of several rebuilding projects in the NFL and has never won a Super Bowl. For McCown, the opportunity to join an Eagles team rich in talent with Super Bowl aspirations made him decide to pass on his broadcasting career for at least one year.

"That's part of it," said McCown. "To be with people that have won and won recently and won a championship. That's something I think we all want to be a part of. Looking at the course of my career and only having a couple of situations like that and none as solid as this one, it was intriguing and obviously enticing."

The Eagles may have been considering bringing McCown in regardless of their current situation.  However, the urgency increased with the injuries to Nate Sudfeld and Cody Kessler.  Head coach Doug Pederson said both factors resulted in McCown coming to the Eagles.

"It's a little bit injury related," Pederson said. "It's a little bit about adding value and adding depth and seeing where we're at. You've seen us make roster moves a lot this training camp and this is no different. We discuss a lot of players throughout camp and we were looking at everybody's roster. We're constantly looking to add that value and add that talent and to try and make our team better."

Alshon Jeffery was a teammate of McCown's in Chicago and the receiver has some of his most productive moments in the Windy City with McCown at quarterback. Jeffery developed an instant bond on and off the field with McCown and is happy to see his former Bears teammate in an Eagles uniform.

"We're getting a great player and a great human being," said Jeffery. "He's a great leader and an all-around great guy. We used to play a lot of basketball in the off-season. When I first got drafted by Chicago, he was the first one to give me a call. I went to work out with him and we've developed a relationship since then."

The Eagles are obviously hoping McCown will only be throwing to Jeffery and the rest of the receivers in practice. This is Carson Wentz's team and the Eagles need their franchise quarterback to stay healthy in order to make a Super Bowl run. However, McCown may have a chance to be the second quarterback on the depth chart. Pederson said it is too early to lock in a depth chart even when Sudfeld returns. Regardless, the Eagles were too enticing of an opportunity for McCown to say no to after years of playing for rebuilding teams.

"It's kind of been in start up situations," McCown said.  "There's a new head coach or they're rebuilding and it's kind of been my job to help with that type of stuff.  To have an opportunity to come to a place where they've had success and win a championship and be a part of that, it was hard to stay away from."