Now the Jets have to go back to the drawing board, and in all likelihood double down on finding their quarterback of the future in the 2018 NFL Draft.
It is still remarkable that he is still in the league and poised to become a starting quarterback again after a dislocated knee during training camp prior to the 2016 season nearly led to the amputation of his leg. They're also in talks with free agent Teddy Bridgewater, a source said. It could signal the Jets aren't confident in the quarterbacks available with the sixth pick and would rather give Bridgewater a "prove it" deal.
Josh McCown had an impressive 2017, considering the state of the Jets.
With Bridgewater signing, the best-remaining bridge quarterback in free agency is AJ McCarron and the one team in desperate need of a starting quarterback is Buffalo.
During his last full season in 2015, pro football focus (PFF.com) listed Bridgewater as the top quarterback in the NFL in adjusted completion percentage at 79.3%, just ahead of Kirk Cousins who came in at 78.5%.
McCown, who turns 39 on July 4, is the ultimate journeyman, having played for eight different teams since entering the league in 2002.
He is 23-50 as a starter over his career, with 17,168 passing yards, 97 touchdown passes and 78 interceptions.