The Philadelphia Eagles made Josh McCown the first work from home quarterback. Due to COVID-19 changes to the collective bargaining agreement, more players qualify for the practice squads, including the 41-year-old McCown.
McCown will take up a spot on the Eagles practice squad, but he won’t physically be with the Eagles during the season. McCown will live in Texas during the season and make $12,000 a week serving as Philadelphia’s emergency quarterback, according to ESPN.
Perhaps there are better locations to evade the current pandemic than Texas, but the Eagles seem to be the first team to actually experiment with the idea of a “quarantine quarterback.” McCown became the oldest practice squad player in NFL history with this move.
The Eagles are going with McCown because of his familiarity with the team and Philadelphia’s offensive system. McCown played against the Seahawks in the playoffs last season after an injury to Carson Wentz. If it does get to a point where the Eagles lose so many quarterbacks to coronavirus that they need to activate an emergency quarterback, it’s probably helpful to have one that at least knows the playbook.