FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets have four quarterbacks on the roster, but it could be three very soon.
With Geno Smith and Matt Simms slated to be the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively, the Jets might release recently signed Brady Quinn before 4 p.m. Saturday and re-sign him Monday. They're not planning to dress three quarterbacks for the game. Rex Ryan acknowledged, "Normally, I don't like doing that." In this case, it would save them money. As a vested veteran, Quinn's $715,000 salary would be guaranteed if he's on the roster at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Presumably, the Jets would re-sign Quinn on Monday. With Mark Sanchez (shoulder) banged up, Quinn would provide veteran insurance, as neither Smith nor Simms has played in an NFL game. Scary thought for the opener, isn't it? When Sanchez is healthy -- he's expected to miss a few weeks -- they can decide at that point how they want to proceed.
For now, it's a big risk, going into the opener with two neophytes as quarterback. Even though Quinn has been around for less than a week, he at least has six years of NFL experience. But Ryan said he's comfortable with Simms, who had a terrific preseason.
"I think he's earned the respect of his teammates and everybody else," Ryan said Friday. "When he was here initially, he was probably a camp arm. But we gave him an opportunity to compete for the third job and, quite honestly, he won it. Would he have been the favorite heading into that? I'm not so sure you could say that. He earned his spot on this roster."