In what might serve as the prelude to a trade, Washington Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey met on Wednesday with New York Jets officials, including first-year coach Eric Mangini, at the team's complex.
Given the uncertainty over the availability of Chad Pennington, who is rehabilitating from a second rotator cuff surgery five months ago, the Jets are considering a variety of options for bolstering their quarterback depth chart. Ramsey, the Redskins' first-round pick in the 2002 draft, but relegated to reserve status behind Mark Brunell for all but one game in '05, has been mentioned several times as a possible Jets' acquisition.
New York could also use its first-round choice in this year's draft, the fourth overall selection, to select a young quarterback.
A few weeks ago, Washington was said to be seeking a second- or third-round pick in return for Ramsey, but the Redskins are believed to have reduced their asking price.
The Redskins two weeks ago granted Ramsey and agent Jimmy Sexton permission to seek out potential trade partners. Sexton declined to discuss his client's Wednesday meeting, but said there are no visits set with any other teams. Sexton must apprise the Redskins before Ramsey makes any more visits.
Detroit and Miami have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Ramsey as well.
A year or two ago, when it became obvious that coach Joe Gibbs' staff wasn't enamored of Ramsey, the Redskins would almost certainly have commanded a higher price for the former Tulane star. But Washington failed to pull the trigger on a deal, when Sexton could have brought the Redskins several suitors. Gibbs sold Ramsey on the notion he would compete for the starting job, then went out and invested a 2005 first-round pick on Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell.
Ramsey started the '05 season opener, was pulled in favor of Brunell at halftime, and didn't log another start the rest of the season. The poor handling of the situation probably means that Washington will have to settle for far less now in any Ramsey trade. Even at a reduced rate, though, the Redskins likely have to deal Ramsey or release him, since he has finally become alarmed by his status.
"He's frustrated with the situation over the last couple years," Gibbs said last week.
Ramsey, 27, has a 10-14 record as a starter. He has completed 480 of 861 passes for 5,649 yards with 34 touchdown passes, 29 interceptions and a 75.0 quarterback rating. His base salary for 2006 is $1.688 million, not unreasonable for a team that views him as a starter, but perhaps a bit high if a team is eyeing him as a backup.
Because he is entering the final season of his original contract, any team interested in acquiring Ramsey would probably want him to sign an extension before completing a trade.
ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton contributed to this report. Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.