The Philadelphia Eagles released undrafted free agent Quarterback Jamie Newman on Wednesday in a flurry of moves that involved cutting two other undrafted free agents to make room for former Jaguars receiver Michael Walker.
The releasing of an undrafted quarterback isn’t exactly breaking news material, but it leaves the Eagles with only two quarterbacks on their roster in starter Jalen Hurts and backup Joe Flacco.
Roseman will be tasked with finding a third arm for new head coach Nick Sirianni in the near future as the Eagles begin their offseason practices, and will likely look to a scarce free agent market to fill the need.
In that scarce market, barely, is a former Eagle who could return to the City of Brotherly Love in Josh McCown.
Though he was most recently on the Houston Texans’ roster, the last snap played by McCown was in a midnight green uniform as a backup behind Carson Wentz. Texans’ general manager Nick Caserio is on the record stating McCown retired, but McCown has a history of flipping back and forth over the retirement line.
In June of 2019 McCown retired from the NFL via an article in The Players’ Tribune to transition to an NFL analyst role, but he then reversed his decision and signed with the Eagles only a few months later in September.
In his time with the Eagles, McCown served as a reliable veteran as well as a mentor to then-franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. Now with the reins of the franchise currently in the hands of Jalen Hurts, McCown could do the same with a younger and arguably more gifted prospect.
McCown is the epitome of a veteran in its best form and its worst, his many years in the league have matured him into a natural team leader but they have also left his body beaten and tired.
His most notable performance with the Eagles was a playoff appearance in which he injured his hamstring mid-game, displaying his body’s decline in a loss yet still earning a spot in the hearts of almost every Eagles fan with his incredible effort.
Two years later, McCown has found himself subject to rumors of filling the Eagles head coaching vacancy following last season and now a possible addition to the Eagles quarterback room alongside Hurts and Flacco.