Early in the evening the Jets shifted their attention to the defensive side of the ball and signed former Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson.
McCown seems more than happy to be back with the Jets, a team he has played surprisingly well for despite his status as a "journeyman" quarterback for the bulk of his National Football League career. After a long recovery, he returned to the field midway through the 2017 season and served as the backup for Case Keenum. Johnson also allowed only 1 touchdown on the year.
A person with direct knowledge of McCown's contract told The Associated Press the one-year deal, which will be signed when the NFL's free-agent period begins Wednesday, is worth $10 million.
Even with Johnson set to sign, the Jets don't have a CB2, and bringing back the often-injured Mo Claiborne is just asking for trouble if you're not going to at least seek out a healthier option first. Maybe the Jets will get lucky and Bridgewater reverts back to the same kind of player he once was. Davis agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Saints - similar money to Williamson.More news: THE CONJURING writers to rework DIE HARD 6 script
While the Jets didn't announce any of their big free-agent signings, they did reveal a number of tenders they offered to restricted free agents.
- Now, they've got like $98 million available. They extended an original-round tender to tight end Neal Sterling.
Hackenberg, as much as the Jets probably will never admit it, was a mistake. Middleton missed all of 2017 with a torn pectoral muscle he suffered during a preseason game.
On top of Davis, the Jets lost two other free agents Wednesday. He showed improvement from his first season to his second, passing for 14 touchdowns both years, but reducing his interceptions in year two. Crowell signed a three-year, $12-million deal with $6 million in guarantees.
That was too steep for the Jets, and now Maccagnan is in the market for a new kicker.