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Eagles are signing veteran Josh McCown out of retirement as insurance

Eagles are signing veteran Josh McCown out of retirement as insurance

Updated: 5:08 p.m.

The Eagles are basically taking out a new insurance policy. 

With injuries at the QB position, the Eagles have signed veteran Josh McCown out of retirement. 

According to a league source, McCown’s deal includes $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million, as ESPN first reported. The Eagles paid him enough to lure him out of retirement. 

To make room for McCown, the Eagles released WR Braxton Miller.

McCown announced his retirement in June, but his stay away from the NFL was short-lived. 

With Nate Sudfeld set to miss the beginning of the season with a fractured wrist and after Cody Kessler suffered a concussion early in Thursday night’s preseason game, the Eagles needed to sign another quarterback to back up Carson Wentz. This signing is bad news for Kessler, who might have been able to secure a roster spot with a solid preseason. It might also change the outlook for rookie fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson, who might not be on the roster at the start of the season. 

Over the last few seasons, the Eagles have been committed to putting resources into the quarterback position. That hasn’t changed. Sudfeld will still return this season and the Eagles are still high on him, but they also added a quality veteran who will at the very least hold down the backup position until Sudfeld returns and then possibly after. 

As much as the Eagles like Sudfeld, he has 25 career passing attempts. McCown has 76 career starts. Sudfeld has upside, but McCown is a proven commodity in the NFL. 

McCown is expected to be at practice on Sunday at the NovaCare Complex as the Eagles begin preparations to face the Ravens for two practice days and in Thursday’s preseason game. 

After entering the NFL in 2002, McCown has started 76 career games. The Eagles will be his 11th NFL team and this will be his 17th NFL season. And at 40, McCown will be the Eagles’ oldest player, taking that title from Jason Peters. He’ll also be the fifth-oldest player in the league in the 2019 season. 

McCown last played for the Jets in 2017-18. In his long career, McCown has completed 60.2 percent of his passes with 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions and a passer rating of 79.7. 

The Eagles are hoping to never see McCown play this season. If Wentz stays healthy, they’ll never have to use this new insurance policy. But since Nate Sudfeld will be out until possibly October with a fractured left wrist, the Eagles will at least go into the season with a competent backup. 

Miller, 26, joined the Eagles’ practice squad last September and remained there for the rest of the season, signing a futures deal after the season was over. Miller was a third-round pick back in 2016, but the Texans cut him after just two seasons. Still, it had to be a little disappointing for the Eagles to not get more out of him this spring and summer. Miller was clearly behind Mack Hollins, Greg Ward, Marken Michel and Charles Johnson on the depth chart, so while he’s a recognizable name, his release shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

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Joe Douglas leaves Eagles to become Jets general manager

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Joe Douglas leaves Eagles to become Jets general manager

For a long time, the Eagles knew this day was going to come. But that won’t make it any easier.

The Jets are hiring Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas to fill their vacant general manager job. (It's a six-year deal from the Jets, according to ESPN.) And the Eagles, in the process, are losing one of their key front office members.

Douglas was hired by the Eagles in May of 2016 and has helped them build rosters that have gone to the playoffs in back-to-back years and helped construct the Super Bowl team in 2017.

In New York, Douglas will take over a franchise that has been a laughingstock in the NFL. He replaces recently fired Mike Maccagnan and will reunite with head coach Adam Gase, who was the offensive coordinator in Chicago during Douglas’ only season there. Douglas was reportedly Gase’s first pick for the job. If anyone can un-Jets the Jets, it’s Douglas, who will provide a much-needed vision and stability to a team that has been a wreck for a long time.

While Douglas was long considered to be the favorite for the Jets job, New York also interviewed Scott Fitterer (Seahawks), Terry Fontenot (Saints) and Champ Kelly (Bears). 

While this is a tough day for the Eagles, they have been preparing for this moment.

"At some point, we are going to lose executives," Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said in March. "When you’re winning, you’re going to lose executives. I think we’re in a great position to be able to deal with that. We don’t want to put a cap on how many good executives we have in football operations. That would be a competitive mistake."

This offseason, the Eagles did hire Andrew Berry as their vice president of football operations, so perhaps he could be Douglas’ replacement. But for now, Berry is working under Roseman in a different area.

The reason this is such a big blow is because of the working relationship Douglas and Roseman had achieved over the last few years. No, they weren’t lockstep with each other on every decision, but they had a similar vision and respect was always at the forefront of their relationship. Before Douglas’ arrival, there was a clear perception — some of it earned — that Roseman was tough to work with. There was a list of guys who failed next to him. But when Lurie reinstated Roseman’s power after he fired Chip Kelly, it was clear that there was going to be a significant personnel hire. That hire took a while to make, but it was a key part to the puzzle.

While Roseman has grown into a solid talent evaluator, it’s clear his biggest strength is understanding value and the financial aspects of the NFL. His biggest strengths and weaknesses seemed to be perfectly complementary to those of Douglas, who came up in Baltimore from the scouting world.

Just a few weeks ago, before the combine, Douglas and Roseman both raved about the way they and the entire organization worked together.

"We’re both extremely passionate about this game and we want nothing more than to win championships at the highest level,” Douglas said earlier this offseason. “I think what makes our relationship work is that we’re not afraid to have tough conversations. Oftentimes we can set our egos aside and come up with the best solutions for the Philadelphia Eagles."

The Eagles blocked Douglas from interviewing with the Texans in January of 2018, which is a shame for Douglas, because that seems to be a much more stable spot than where he ended up. But there are only 32 of these jobs available and Douglas was eventually (and deservingly) going to get one.

Now, it’s time for the Eagles to replace him.

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Joe Douglas completes interview with Jets for GM job

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Joe Douglas completes interview with Jets for GM job

The Jets announced on Sunday that they have completed their interview with Joe Douglas for their vacant GM position. 

Before interviewing Douglas, the Jets also interviewed Seahawks executive Scott Fitterer and Saints executive Terry Fontenot. The Jets are still expected to interview Champ Kelly from the Bears and possibly George Paton from the Vikings. 

But Douglas, the Eagles’ vice president of player personnel, is considered to be the favorite to land the job. 

If Douglas wants this job and they offer him enough money, it’s hard to imagine there’s much the Eagles can do to keep him. Sure, they could offer him a bunch of money and perhaps give him a new title and a “promotion” but no matter what they call him, he’ll never really be in charge here. Howie Roseman is implanted firmly ahead of him in the pecking order. 

If hired in New York, Douglas would replace Mike Maccagnan, who was fired after the draft. Douglas and Jets head coach and interim GM Adam Gase worked together for a year in Chicago and have a good relationship. Douglas is reportedly Gase’s pick for the job. 

Douglas has been with the Eagles since May 2016, when he was hired to run the personnel department under Roseman. By all accounts, the two have worked extremely well together over the last few years and with Douglas’ help, the Eagles have reached great levels of success, obviously topped by the Super Bowl at the end of the 2017 season. The Eagles have prepared themselves to lose Douglas, but that won’t make it any easier to replace him. 

"At some point, we are going to lose executives," Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said in March. "When you’re winning, you’re going to lose executives. I think we’re in a great position to be able to deal with that. We don’t want to put a cap on how many good executives we have in football operations. That would be a competitive mistake."

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