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Eagles sign oldest practice squad player in NFL history in Josh McCown

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The Philadelphia Eagles have signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to the practice squad, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. 

As the Washington Football Team's Week 1 opponent, the Eagles now have plenty of insurance behind Carson Wentz. McCown will be the emergency No. 4 option, behind Nate Sudfeld and rookie Jalen Hurts. 

With potential complications coming this season from the coronavirus pandemic, teams were given the opportunity to sign veteran players to their practice squads for the first time. Previously, teams were only allowed 10 practice squad players without more than two years of experience. 

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There's a possibility McCown won't have to take the field or even step foot back in Philadelphia this season, all while raking in $12,000 a week. McCown became an Eagles fan favorite last season when he got emotional after doing what he could in Philadelphia's playoff loss to Seattle. 

The signing gives the Eagles and an injury-prone Wentz an insurance plan in what could be a hectic 2020 season.