Texans Put End To Forgotten McCown’s Cushy Practice Squad Gig

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Josh McCown is still an NFL quarterback, and the Houston Texans dare you to deny it.

For some reason, the Texans signed McCown as a backup to Deshaun Watson, and there is talk McCown could even dress for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While a lot of people probably figured the 41-year-old McCown had retired, he was actually earning a paycheck on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad. And a highly paid practice guy at that, as the Eagles reportedly were floating McCown $12,000 a week to serve as an emergency QB — and to otherwise stay at his home in Texas.

Now, it appears the Texans may want him to play, and McCown is apparently OK with it.

This isn’t meant to pick on McCown. By all accounts he is a good man who has emerged as a “quarterback whisperer” of sorts and perhaps has a future in coaching.

That said, he has appeared in just three games over the past three seasons, compiling the measly average of 4.9 passing yards per game.

It’s been a tough year for the Texans, who entered the season with high hopes but have instead stumbled to a 1-6 start. Along the way, they fired Bill O’Brien as head coach and general manager.

What could be worse? Well, let’s just say they probably hope that McCown sticks around but doesn’t have to play.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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