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New York Jets Sign Brady Quinn, Release Graham Harrell

September 2nd, 2013 at 10:43 PM
By Donald Lappe

Brady Quinn is finally a member of the New York Jets. After the team explored Quinn as an option at quarterback the past two offseasons, they finally pulled the trigger and signed him. The Jets released Graham Harrell to make room after signing him just last week. Harrell made the team over Greg McElroy. The signing of Brady Quinn could suggest that Mark Sanchez isn't close to being able to return and the team needs a game-ready quarterback behind Geno Smith.

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Brady Quinn hasn't lit up the NFL throughout his career to this point, but will give the New York Jets a veteran option in the event that Mark Sanchez is unable to return soon and Geno Smith struggles. Along with those three, the Jets also have Matt Simms on the roster. Greg McElroy was released with an injury settlement. The Jets released Graham Harrell to make room to sign Brady Quinn.

Brady Quinn has appeared in 24 regular season games, spending time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns. He spent the preseason with the Seattle Seahawks prior to his release. Quinn actually put together a solid preseason, completing 22 of his 38 passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Over the course of his career, Quinn has completed 53.8% of his passes, with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. That talent around him has been less than stellar, but the touchdown-to-interception ratio is brutal. He was beaten out by Tarvaris Jackson for the backup job with the Seahawks.

The Jets scheduled a visit with Brady Quinn last offseason, but signed Drew Stanton prior to the meeting. The team also looked at signing Quinn this past offseason, but ultimately signed David Garrard. The Jets ended up trading Drew Stanton after acquiring Tim Tebow and David Garrard retired due to injury issues.

At this point, Brady Quinn is far enough behind that it would likely take a meltdown or an injury to Geno Smith for him to be inserted into the lineup. Quinn will provide depth and a veteran presence in the quarterback room.

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Tags: Brady Quinn, Drew Stanton, Football, Geno Smith, Graham Harrell, Greg McElroy, Kansas City Chiefs, Mark Sanchez, Matt Simms, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Seattle Seahawks, Tarvaris Jackson, Tim Tebow

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