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Jets release Brady Quinn

New quarterback Brady Quinn smiles as he answers

New quarterback Brady Quinn smiles as he answers a question after New York Jets football practice in Florham Park, N.J. (Sept. 2, 2013) Credit: AP


As expected, the Jets released Brady Quinn and likely will re-sign him in the coming days.

In a corresponding move, they promoted linebacker Danny Lansanah from the practice squad.

The veteran quarterback was signed on Monday after the team cut ties with backup Graham Harrell. But by releasing Quinn prior to the 4 p.m. roster deadline Saturday, they avoid having to pay him as a vested veteran -- meaning Quinn's $715,000 salary won't be guaranteed for the season, regardless of if he was cut.

He does, however, get paid for the week of practice.

The transaction isn't a surprise. With Mark Sanchez still sidelined with a bruised shoulder joint in his throwing shoulder, the Jets planned to go into Sunday's regular-season opener with two active quarterbacks -- rookie Geno Smith and first-year QB Matt Simms.

(Neither of them has thrown an NFL pass during the regular season.) 

Though Quinn is expected to be brought back, the Jets likely won't need him for very long. When Sanchez is healthy, they'll return to keeping just three quarterbacks on the roster. And Quinn, who can provide Smith with veteran experience and knowledge, will be the odd man out.


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