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.

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

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

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

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