By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Jets are expected to start Josh McCown at quarterback on Sunday. With that start, and any start moving forward, McCown is about to get paid.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, McCown has a $125,000 per start bonus money. The 38-year-old is making the $125,000 bonus for every start in addition to his $6 million base salary.
It’s believed that it is the largest per-game play-time bonus in the league, Schefter said.
McCown may start in the early part of the season. However, with the team expected to struggle this season, potentially having a Top 5 pick next season, he may be pulled for Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg late in the season.
The $125,000 per start also counts against the salary cap. It’s believed that the Jets will like to save that money later in the season.
McCown beat out Petty and Hackenberg in training camp. The 14-year veteran, according to head coach Todd Bowles, said, “[McCown] gives us the best chance to win right now.”
Hackenberg is McCown’s backup in Sunday’s game. Petty is inactive.
In the past six seasons, McCown is the team’s fourth Week 1 starter. The other starters include Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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