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Eagles sign Josh McCown as oldest practice squad player in NFL history

The Eagles new emergency quarterback will stay home in Texas until he is needed.

Josh McCown of the Philadelphia Eagles gets tripped up against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles are signing quarterback Josh McCown to serve as their emergency quarterback, but it will be in a bit of a unique situation. The 41-year old veteran will join the Eagles practice squad and remain at home in Texas until he is needed on the roster while earning $12,000 per week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Eagles current depth chart includes Carson Wentz, Jalen Hurts, and Nate Sudfeld.

This situation is unique in part because of this year’s circumstances. Each team is allowed a 16-team practice squad, a bump from 10 in recent years. Historically, the practice squad has been for players with two or fewer years of service. This year, the NFL and NFLPA negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement that included the opportunity for the practice squad to include up to two players with any amount of service time. Additionally, they agreed to expand that to six players after the Covid-19 pandemic forced some changes to how the league would approach rosters.

McCown spent last season on the Eagles 53-man roster and appeared in three games, completed three of five passes. Over the course of a now 19-year NFL career, McCown has been on 11 NFL rosters and attempted passes for eight different teams. He last started a game in 2018, starting three for the New York Jets.

For his career, McCown has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 17,731 yards with 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions. This has come in 76 starts across 102 appearances.