The New York Jets signed veteran quarterback Brady Quinn to the team on Monday to back up the presumptive starter Geno Smith after Mark Sanchez went down with an injured shoulder. This move means Sanchez has a very uncertain future with the team, especially since he’s due to make a guaranteed $8.25 million this season with the Jets, whether he’s on the field or not. Sanchez seemed very taken back by the move, tell reporters, “I don’t know, just keeping a veteran guy around as an emergency guy.”
Ryan gave the impression there are no plans to cut Sanchez, saying, “If Mark’s healthy, then, yes, I would say he’ll be part of this team.” With all the moves the Jets are making it’s clear that Sanchez’s injuries are worse than the team is letting on. Even Sanchez isn’t saying much, giving a pr friendly answer to every question he was asked. “I’m not going to get into the rehab process or what stage we’re at,” he said. “I just know it’s feeling better every day.”
Asked if he’s still hoping to start Sunday, Sanchez said with a straight face: “I’m trying, I’m trying. We’ll make a good push this week and see where I’m at. You just want to take this thing slow, take it the right way and make the right progression without re-injuring yourself.”
Quinn, a former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns with a career record of 4-16 as a starter, was cut by the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason.