The Eagles not only have another offensive lineman when they return to practice on Sunday, but a new quarterback, too.
OK, maybe not so new. After all, Josh McCown is 40 now and this will be his 17th NFL season, assuming he makes the Eagles’ roster after them team signed him on Saturday.
Chances are good that he will find his way onto the roster, since the Eagles agreed to pay the veteran passer $2 million fully guaranteed on a one-year deal that could be worth up to $5.4 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who broke the news of the signing.
To add McCown, the Eagles released receiver Braxton Miller. Cody Kessler, who is in concussion protocol after taking a brutal blindside hit just six plays into Thursday’s night preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, May not be ready to return to practice this week. He could ultimately be the odd man out when the roster gets reduced to 53 in two weeks.
To keep McCown, the Eagles would have to carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, with Nate Sudfeld likely being the primary backup to Carson Wentz once the broken bone in his left wrist has fully healed, which could take most of September.
Rookie Clayton Thorson, who played far better in Jacksonville that he did in the preseason opener, would likely land on the practice squad, provided he doesn’t light it up over these final two exhibition games and get claimed by another team willing to put him on their 53-man squad.
McCown could be available at practice on Sunday, as could offensive lineman Brett Toth who signed a reported three-year deal with the Eagles on Friday when he was granted a military waiver from the service after graduating in 2018 from West Point.
McCown was planning to be an ESPN analyst this season but had wanted to play and told the network that if the right opportunity came along, he would strongly consider it.
That opportunity has arrived.