New York Jets Sign Brady Quinn and Release Graham Harrell

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2013

The New York Jets continued their quarterback carousel by signing 2007 first-round pick Brady Quinn and releasing Graham Harrell, the team announced on Twitter.

Harrell lasted on the roster for less than a week. The Jets signed him ahead of their final preseason game shortly after the Green Bay Packers released him. He didn't see action in the exhibition finale and is now back on the market.

Over the weekend, New York elected to keep Matt Simms over Greg McElroy during the final cutdown to 53-man rosters. Simms impressed during the preseason, completing nearly 75 percent of his passes for 478 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

His success came while rookie Geno Smith, whom the Jets selected in the second round in the 2013 NFL draft, struggled to acclimate to the NFL level. Yet the team is running short on options while Mark Sanchez battles a bothersome shoulder injury.   

In other words, the Jets' quarterback situation is quickly becoming a complete mess. The addition of Quinn makes it even murkier.

Quinn has appeared in just 24 games since the Cleveland Browns drafted him 22nd overall in 2007. He's thrown more interceptions (17) than touchdowns (12) at the NFL level while posting a subpar quarterback rating of 64.4.

That said, the Notre Dame product had a solid preseason with the Seattle Seahawks. He connected on nearly 58 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions, but it wasn't enough to beat out veteran Tarvaris Jackson to back up rising star Russell Wilson.

Now Quinn heads to New York. His role is unclear with three other quarterbacks on the roster, but he should have a better chance of seeing the field than he did in Seattle.

The scrambled situation should begin to sort itself out as the opener moves closer.

 

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