The Alex Smith trade yesterday has shaken up the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback situation as yet another Chiefs quarterback is set to become a former Chiefs quarterback. Unlike Matt Cassel, who is expected to be cut by the Chiefs once the Alex Smith trade is made official on Marsh 12th, Brady Quinn is an unrestricted free agent but his future in Kansas City is as non-existent as Cassel’s.
However, Quinn still has a place in the NFL as a backup option and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says he expects Quinn to end up in New York at some point during the offseason.
New Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee has raved about Quinn in the past, meaning it doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots and see that Quinn in New York is a real possibility.
“I’m going to tell you this right now: Brady Quinn has a stronger arm than both the Manning brothers,” Lee said two years ago. “No question. I worked them all out.”
Adding Quinn would also jive with what the Jets are reportedly planning on doing this offseason, which is load up their roster full of talent to try out in OTAs. New York is expected to bring on as many as five quarterbacks to see who fits best playing behind Mark Sanchez and who affords them the easiest transition should Sanchez turn in an awful start to his 2013 comeback campaign.
New York already has three quarterbacks on roster as Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms account for three with Quinn being the fourth. Tim Tebow is not expected to be the fifth quarterback meaning the Jets will either sign someone in free agency or look to the later rounds of the draft to find someone to try out.
Either way, last season’s quarterback turmoil has clearly affected the Jets and this new regime is not about to fall into old traps.