Jets intend to bring back recently released QB Brady Quinn
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoprt, the Jets intend to re-sign Quinn on Monday, after his $715,000 salary is no longer fully guaranteed for the full season. Under the labor deal, players with four or more years of NFL experience under their belt are entitled to the full amount their base salary despite termination, as long as they stick around the Week 1 roster prior to getting cut.
The move is not completely surprising of the Jets, considering their current quarterback situation – with Mark Sanchez still without a return timetable.
Sanchez, who was considered a franchise quarterback when the Jets picked him up in the first-round of the 2009 draft, seems to have an even serious shoulder issue than previously reported. The 26-year-old has been out since adding a dislocated shoulder subluxation to his list of injuries – also including a partial torn labrum – during the Jets’ third preseason game against the New York Giants.
But even Sanchez injured, it’s unlikely that Quinn – with his limited knowledge of the Jets’ offense – would have been active for the team’s opening series against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at MetLife on Sunday. The Jets pulled out a 18-17 win over the Buccaneers and will now play the New England patriots in Week 2.
Rookie second-rounder Geno Smith started at quarterback for the Jets while first-year player Matt Simms served as his backup against the Buccaneers.
Quinn’s addition could bring quarterback numbers backup to four on the regular season roster. However, he’s expected to serve a role as the Jets’ No. 3 emergency quarterback behind Smith and Simms, at for the early part of the season.
Quinn originally signed with the Jets earlier this week, after Graham Harrell was released. Then Quinn too was released by the Jets towards the end of the week. It was the second-time Quinn was cut after signing with a team this offseason. He was previously beat out by Tarvaris Jackson for the No. 2 quarterback job in Seattle.
Despite popular belief, there’s a chance that Quinn won’t return to New York. If an injury creates opportunities elsewhere as a clear backup on a team with a string coaching staff, Quinn could make a very different choice. Quinn has previously served backup roles in Denver, Kansas City and Seattle.