A day after Jets head coach Todd Bowles said it would be “great” to have Josh McCown back next season, general manager Mike Maccagnan mimicked the sentiment.
“Based on what Josh has done, I would have no problem bringing him back,” Maccagnan said Tuesday in Florham Park. “But of course that’s another thing that’s going to play itself out here over time. He is a free agent. He obviously has to make the determination from his end with his family, what he wants to do. But everything from our standpoint has been exceptionally positive with Josh.”
Josh McCown may end up returning to the Jets.
On Nov. 30, about a week before he suffered a season-ending broken hand in a loss at the Broncos, McCown certainly sounded like a man who wanted to play another season.
“When you feel like you’ve been chasing, kind of, this level that you believe you can play at for a long time, and you start to feel like you’re scratching the surface of that and doing some of those things and settling into a system that you like, it’s hard to just go, ‘Yeah, man, I’ll be done,'” McCown said then.
Before his season ended, McCown was enjoying a career year. He missed the final 3.5 games of the season but still set career-highs in passing yards (2,926), passing touchdowns (18), completion percentage (67.3) and rushing touchdowns (5).
McCown, who turns 39 in July, has said repeatedly that he will need to speak with his family before coming to a final decision on 2018. He officially becomes a free agent in March. The Jets did not make him available to the media Monday.
Mike Maccagnan left the door open for Josh McCown to return to the Jets.
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“I’ve talked with Josh. I know Todd has talked with Josh,” Maccagnan said. “Those conversations are kind of between us. I don’t know if I can give you any insight on that right now.
“Our experience with Josh has been extremely positive with what he’s brought to this organization. And I would hope or think Josh on the other side, it was positive in terms of his view of this organization and his experience. But again, there’s other things that factor in and we’ll work through this.”