Former Jets QB Josh McCown Retires from NFL

Quarterback Josh Mc Cown announced on Monday that he's retiring after 17 years in the NFL

Quarterback Josh Mc Cown announced on Monday that he's retiring after 17 years in the NFL

"I embrace it, full force". The Jets ended up trading up in the draft to take Darnold at No. 3 overall, and McCown became a high-priced backup - something team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson had no regrets about. When he re-signed last March (one year, $10 million), he knew there was a good chance the team would draft a quarterback in the first round. "It's been one heck of a journey", he wrote.

"And now, odd as it feels to say, after 17 years ... that journey is coming to an end". He also spent time with the Dolphins and 49ers, but did not play in a game for either.

McCown finished with 17,707 career yards passing, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions, with a 60.2 completion percentage and 79.7 quarterback rating. He also ran for 13 touchdowns and even caught three passes in his career. Last year, he embraced the role of mentoring Darnold and the two grew very close.

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He's perhaps best known for his awesome stretch of play filling in for Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler during the 2013 season when he threw 13 touchdowns and one interception over eight appearances. Over the final five years of his career, he started 38 games with the Buccaneers, Browns, and Jets. Last year, he stepped aside gracefully when Darnold emerged in training camp. His body feels fresh - he appeared in only four games last season - but he made a decision to move on to the next chapter, which could include coaching or television.

A common move in today's world of sports broadcasting, McCown joins a large group of former players to make the move from the field to the television screen, joining the likes of Tony Romo, Nate Burleson, Teddy Bruschi and many others. McCown, an unrestricted free agent, made the Jets aware of his situation, and NY signed Trevor Siemian to serve as the backup to Darnold this season. He also mentioned continuing to do some media work.

"At the end of the day, no matter what team I was on, I tried to serve it to the best of my ability, and I tried to influence my team in a positive manner. I hope I did that", he said.

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