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Eagles bring Josh McCown out of retirement following QB injuries

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The Philadelphia Eagles have brought Josh McCown out of retirement.

McCown is signing a one-year deal with the Eagles to add some much-needed quarterback depth to the team. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the deal will pay McCown $2 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million.

McCown, 40, retired after last season and planned to serve as an analyst for ESPN, but he apparently told the network he wanted to play and would consider returning to the NFL for the right opportunity.

The Eagles saw backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld break his wrist in their first preseason game this year — an injury that will likely cost him six weeks. Then third-string quarterback Cody Kessler suffered a concussion in their second preseason game. Kessler has a history of concussions.

The injuries to Sudfeld and Kessler left the Eagles with only fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson behind Carson Wentz, which is a situation Philly clearly did not feel comfortable about. Wentz played in 13 games in 2017, missing the final three and the postseason due to a torn ACL, and only played in 11 games last season due to a back injury.

McCown played in four games with the Jets last season. He passed for 539 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

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