The New York Jets have released backup quarterback Mark Brunell and waived cornerback Will Billingsley and guard Marlon Davis. The moves Friday came as the Jets were in intense negotiations to try to reach an agreement with free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Several other teams are interested in the player considered this year's top free agent.|||||||
The 40-year-old Brunell came to the Jets last season and served as a mentor to Mark Sanchez. Brunell, a three-time Pro Bowl selection in 18 NFL seasons, played in two games for New York last season and threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
Brunell completed 11 of 17 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets' 21-17 win at Philadelphia in their preseason finale Thursday.|||||||
Brunell will be Mark Sanchez's backup this season.
The Jets have signed Brunell, who backed up Drew Brees last season for the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, to a two-year contract.|||||||
The move Wednesday had been expected for several months as New York sought an experienced quarterback to back up Mark Sanchez. The Jets couldn't sign Brunell until free agency restrictions were lifted last week. Brunell, 39, played the last two years in New Orleans and the previous four with Washington after nine years with Jacksonville. The three-time Pro Bowl selection spent his first two years as Brett Favre's backup in Green Bay.
Brunell earned his first Super Bowl title when the Saints won 31-17 over the Colts on Sunday.|||||||
The 17-year veteran is an impending free agent. He twice lost in AFC title games with Jacksonville, and may have capped off an underrated career by going out on top as Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees' backup.
Brunell completed 15 of 29 passes for 102 yards and an INT in a 23-10 loss at Carolina on Sunday.|||||||
Brunell will back up Pro Bowl sensation Drew Brees in the upcoming NFC playoffs.