Chasing a veteran like McCown makes sense for the Jets. The team doesn't seem sold on Smith as a franchise quarterback, but they have no viable backup option on the roster.
According to the Daily News, it is "unlikely" the Jets would chase Michael Vick, who worked with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg in Philadelphia. Matt Schaub, who is expected to be cut by the Houston Texans, isn't interested in becoming Smith's backup, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources.
New York also makes some sense for McCown if he decides to leave Chicago and coach Marc Trestman to chase an opportunity to start.
At the combine this week, Rex Ryan talked up Smith's late-season performance as a positive step in the quarterback's maturation process. However, finding a veteran backup is a necessity for general manager John Idzik.
In reality, no quarterback will be able to succeed in the Jets' offense if the wide receiver group remains a tattered wreck.