In April there was mutual interest between the Jets and free agent quarterback Mark Brunell, but the Jets couldn’t sign Brunell because of the “Final Eight Plan.”
But the Final Eight restriction (which says the eight teams that played in the divisional round of the playoffs can only sign as many unrestricted free agents as they lose) is lifted on July 22. And Brunell is likely to become a Jet after that.
Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports that there’s a feeling around the Jets that it’s only a matter of time before Brunell signs with the team. The Jets and Brunell can’t actually agree to a contract right now, but the team may have quietly assured Brunell that he’ll get an offer on July 22, and Brunell may be willing to wait until then.
So by the time training camp starts, Brunell may be the backup to Mark Sanchez, and Kellen Clemens may be the odd man out. Clemens, a 2006 second-round pick, has said he’d like to go somewhere else because he’d like to compete for a starting job. According to Cimini, Clemens knows the writing is on the wall for him in New York.