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Report: Jets interested in signing backup quarterback Josh McCown, not Michael Vick

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Chicago Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown is expected to have several teams bidding for his services during NFL free agency.

Feel free to add the New York Jets to that list.

Daily News reporter Manish Mehta is reporting the Jets are interesting in obtaining McCown in case quarterback Geno Smith regresses during the upcoming season. Mehta expects the Jets to release Mark Sanchez next month, which will leave the team without an experience backup quarterback.

Several reports have indicated New York might be interested in signing Michael Vick, but Mehta said a reunion between the quarterback and “offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who worked together for four seasons in Philadelphia, is unlikely.”

In addition, Texans backup quarterback Matt Schaub is reportedly not interested in backing up Smith. Schaub is probably optimistic he might land a starting job in the NFL, even though that seems unlikely.

New York’s interest in McCown is understandable.

McCown was 3-2 as a starter last season. He had 1,829 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and one interception (109 passer rating) as Jay Cutler recovered from an injury. Considering Jets coach Rex Ryan received a one-year extension, which essentially means this is a do-or-die year for him, signing a confident backup makes a lot of sense.

Smith had 25 turnovers last season (21 interceptions), and finished with a 66.5 passer rating. He had at least one interception in 12 games.

Matt Simms is Smith’s backup, but his lack of experience makes the addition of McCown enticing for New York.

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