Ea­gles lure Josh Mc­Cown out of re­tire­ment

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

The Philadel­phia Ea­gles signed vet­eran quar­ter­back Josh Mc­Cown to a 1-year con­tract to backup Car­son Wentz on Saturday.

Mc­Cown, an 18-year vet­eran, had re­tired this off­sea­son. His deal is worth $2 mil­lion fully guar­an­teed and could be worth up to $5.4 mil­lion if cer­tain in­cen­tives are met. The Ea­gles were down two healthy quar­ter­backs after Nate Sud­feld (bro­ken wrist) and Cody Kessler (con­cus­sion) suf­fered in­juries in their first two pre­sea­son games.

Adding Mc­Cown gives the team a vi­able backup op­tion at least un­til Sud­feld re­turns in about six weeks. While the Ea­gles have in­vested in Sud­feld’s growth the last three years, and he will likely re­claim his job, Mc­Cown’s ex­pe­ri­ence and how he learns the of­fense could change the team’s mind.

Saturday high­lights

Browns 21, Colts 18: Gar­rett Gil­bert threw two touch­down passes in the first half and David Blough added an­other TD pass in the sec­ond half, lead­ing Cleve­land past host In­di­anapo­lis.

Cleve­land (2-0) has won nine of its past 10 pre­sea­son games – this one with its top two quar­ter­backs sit­ting out and Ka­reem Hunt re­turned to the field for the first time in nearly nine months.


Jaguars: Wide re­ceiver Mar­qise Lee was taken off the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list and prac­ticed Saturday for the first time in nearly a year. Lee missed the en­tire 2018 sea­son after re­quir­ing surgery to re­pair both a torn lig­a­ment and a pre­vi­ously torn PCL. Charg­ers: Los An­ge­les’ worst fears were con­firmed Saturday when they learned Der­win James will be side­lined deep into the reg­u­lar sea­son. The team’s All-Pro sec­ond-year safety will un­dergo surgery next week to re­pair a stress frac­ture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

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