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Four! Jets GM not opposed to keeping a quarterback quartet

The Jets added Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round of this year's draft. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Two's company. Three's a crowd. Four?

That would be so Jets.

General manager Mike Maccagnan, commenting on the New York Jets' potentially-crowded quarterback situation, said Tuesday they have discussed the possibility of going into the regular season with four quarterbacks on the roster.

That's assuming they add a fourth. Right now, they have Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg. They hope to re-sign starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.

"In a perfect world, I think if it's in the best interest of the team at the end of training camp that we carry four quarterbacks, then we carry four quarterbacks," Maccagnan said on WFAN radio. "It's not unprecedented in the NFL. It's been done before. To me, it's a position where you have to take some time to really invest, grow, and develop players."

He's right, it has been done before, but it's unconventional. The last team to open the season with four quarterbacks was the Washington Redskins in 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They had Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Rex Grossman and Pat White. That year, the Minnesota Vikings had Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and McLeod Bethel-Thompson, plus quarterback-turned-receiver Joe Webb.

If there's a franchise familiar with a crowded quarterback room, it's the Jets. Since 2001, they opened three different seasons with four quarterbacks. Let's take a trip down memory lane.

2009: Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge, Kevin O'Connell.

2008: Brett Favre, Kellen Clemens, Erik Ainge, Brett Ratliff.

2003: Vinny Testaverde, Chad Pennington, Brooks Bollinger, Marquel Blackwell.

As for this year, Maccagnan is answering quarterback questions the way you'd expect.

It's good business to say they want to keep all four because it helps their bargaining position in case they decide to trade one.

"We like the idea of having Fitz, in a perfect world, back here in the organization with Geno and our young two quarterbacks," he said.

Prepare for a lot of quarterback chatter over the next few months.