Josh McCown expected to put off retirement, continue playing career in 2018

Josh McCown, who had an excellent 2017 season with the Jets before suffering a season-ending hand fracture, told reporters recently that he was unsure about his football future, but some close to him believe he will continue to play next season.

McCown will make a final decision after meeting with his family, but given what I have heard recently, I'd be very surprised if he does not continue his playing career in 2018, when he is seen as a viable option for numerous teams. McCown, 38, who stays in tremendous shape and is a superb athlete and leader, will be in demand. With nearly a third of the league in need of quarterback help, McCown is viewed by teams as the perfect bridge QB who can help develop a rookie quarterback on the fly.

He is a great mentor who has provided a significant boost for the Jets, who some were projecting to go 0-16 before the season. McCown ended up making nearly $8 million this season, and several general managers told me they believe he could earn $10 million or more in 2018 based on his production and off-field qualities.  At this stage of his career, he's only seeking a short-term deal and fits what teams that are about to draft college quarterbacks will be seeking in a bridge quarterback.  

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Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday... Full Bio

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