NFL Free Agency 2011: Out With The Old? Jets Release Brunell

UPDATE: Kevin O’Connell has also been released and it is now being widely reported Mark Brunell will return immediately after Asomugha situation is resolved.

In a surprising move, the New York Jets have released backup quarterback Mark Brunell, currently leaving Mark Sanchez’s top backups as Kevin O’Connell, rookie Greg McElroy, and Drew Willy.

I was never a fan of Brunell as the primary backup to Sanchez but he was a better option than O’Connell or McElroy. At this point the best assumption is that this is cap gymnastics to sign Nnamdi Asomugha. Keep in mind the Jets temporarily released Tony Richardson last year to lock down the Darrelle Revis contract. I would expect Brunell to be quickly resigned after this Asomugha situation shakes out.

Unless they are targeting Marc Bulger, there aren’t many options out there and Mark Sanchez seems too close to Brunell for the Jets to let him go. Remember Scotty McKnight? Sanchez gets to keep his friends around.

Author: Joe Caporoso

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