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Kellen Clemens wants to start, knows he won't with the Jets

Jets restricted free agent quarterback Kellen Clemens hasn’t signed his tender and isn’t too excited about returning for a fifth year in New York because, he says, he’d like to play for a team that will give him a chance to start — and the Jets are not that team.

There’s no future for me here starting, that’s clear,” Clemens told Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com. “There’s a future for one guy here to star and play and that’s Mark [Sanchez], and that’s why they drafted him. And he’s a very talented quarterback. So I’m not at the point where I’m willing to give up my dream of having a chance to play and start.”

In 2009 Clemens started one game, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when Sanchez was injured. He didn’t do much (completing 12 of 23 passes for 111 yards), but the coaching staff didn’t ask him to do much as the Jets’ defense and running game led them to an easy 26-3 win.

Clemens hopes to go to a team whose coaching staff will ask him to do more than just back up the franchise quarterback, but he knows he doesn’t have a lot of leverage and will almost certainly not sign with a new team before the April 15 deadline.

“The only thing that I can control is whether I sign that tender today or a week from today,” Clemens said.

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25 Responses to “Kellen Clemens wants to start, knows he won't with the Jets”
  1. JoshMac28 says: Apr 9, 2010 9:52 AM

    Well, the good news for Kellen is the AFL is back in business

  2. Mooch says: Apr 9, 2010 9:52 AM

    Kellen, maybe you should have brought all this up before every team that needed a QB went out and got one. Or two.

  3. jetboy says: Apr 9, 2010 9:57 AM

    Some guys are made to start, some make lots of money to be a back up their whole career, Clemens is just a back up always been always will be, but hey it’s not a saying he’s not talented, just not talented enough, so sign with the Jets and enjoy the ride.

  4. Austskate says: Apr 9, 2010 10:04 AM

    Stop whining Clemens. You had your shot last year and the year before and didn’t do shit. How about signing the tender/ whining 2 months ago when a bunch of teams were actually looking for qbs

  5. AllThat says: Apr 9, 2010 10:09 AM

    CFL Kellen,,,,,,,,,,,,

  6. RIP__21 says: Apr 9, 2010 10:09 AM

    Oaktown baby

  7. Sock_Puppet says: Apr 9, 2010 10:11 AM

    Jets should just rescind the tender before he signs it. He should be grateful to hold a clipboard and get paid for it. Bum.

  8. JetChris says: Apr 9, 2010 10:15 AM

    Glad he is actually being professional about this. He knows he is not an NFL starting QB. His dream is def. not unreachable but it is in NY as the Jets made it clear Sanchez is the man. I hope they trade him and let him continue his career.

  9. mburger13 says: Apr 9, 2010 10:17 AM

    if you aren’t good enough to start over Sanchez….where are you good enough to start?
    either Oakland or Canada.

  10. hizzle1281 says: Apr 9, 2010 10:21 AM

    After the Jets play the Pats and Brandon Graham crushes Sanchez, he will get his chance.

  11. NYGIANT says: Apr 9, 2010 10:28 AM

    i think this guy can be a good starting qb on the right team if hes given the chance which i hope he does.

  12. Dapollock says: Apr 9, 2010 10:33 AM

    My two yr old whines a lot too when she doesn’t get her way. But that quickly subsides after a while. On what planet has Clemens done anything warranting a starting position anywhere? He’s been a team player, but really, ask to be let go after the season, not before the OTA’s and draft are right around the corner.

  13. jjsprt92 says: Apr 9, 2010 10:34 AM

    Don’t worry before the day is over he will be reported on here to being traded to the Raider’s like every other player

  14. HellsGrimTyrant says: Apr 9, 2010 10:37 AM

    Jets would be smart to keep him. QB’s get injured even playing behind great O Lines.

  15. vbhall78 says: Apr 9, 2010 11:35 AM

    Well there is always Oakland… hahahahahahah

  16. Jaso says: Apr 9, 2010 12:05 PM

    I alwas find it funny when players that think they are better than what they are. I mean really. he should be happy he has a back up role.

  17. thegoldengod says: Apr 9, 2010 12:15 PM

    Kellen holds little to no value on the market, so I’m curious to see (if the Jets sign a vet) whether they trade him for a conditional 6th or 7th or just pull the tender and let him walk.

  18. bigtone says: Apr 9, 2010 12:22 PM

    This guy is a career backup. He should keep his mouth shut and enjoy cashing decent checks for the next 10 years.

  19. SteveAustin says: Apr 9, 2010 12:25 PM

    Hey Kellen, here is the McDonalds application you’re agent was looking for.

  20. BRUTUS9448 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:38 PM

    Not sure why not. He’s ten times the QB that sanchez is. Sanchez is the most over rated QB in the NFL right now.
    He’s a joke and a master of check downs.

  21. FireJerryJones says: Apr 9, 2010 12:38 PM

    Buffalo, Oakland, Cleveland, Denver, Arizona, San Francisco…
    Lots of teams out there without a good QB.

  22. cubano109 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:42 PM

    Why would he leave? NY will need a QB that wont throw 9 INT’s in a single game and then snack on a hot dog on the bench.
    Sanchez has a great arm…….for handing off to the running back for 3 straight quarters. So I think Clemens should stay put.

  23. dthomas53 says: Apr 9, 2010 12:57 PM

    @BRUTUS9448: Considering that *not* checking down was one of his biggest problems last season, this post makes absolutely no sense.

  24. tacious says: Apr 9, 2010 1:27 PM

    @ Brutus9448
    Your comment only shows your complete lack of knowledge on the subject… but hey, thanks for trying.

  25. tyronebiggs123 says: Jan 13, 2011 3:58 PM

    I think Kellen’s future career is going to be at KFC, not McDonald’s. To make it easier, here is your KFC Application haha!

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