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Brunell says he’s not ready to retire, yet

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Earlier this week, Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union reported that, barring something unforeseen, quarterback Mark Brunell will retire after 19 NFL seasons.

Something unforeseen has happened.  Brunell says he’s not retiring.

After mentioning on his Twitter page that he will not be calling it quits, Brunell told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the former Packers, Jaguars, Redskins, Saints, and Jets quarterback isn’t ready to call it quits.

“If an opportunity came along, I would certainly consider it,” Brunell said. “I definitely would like to [play] another season.  No plans to retire yet.”

Brunell may have to wait until the inevitable injury bug strikes.  Or perhaps a team hoping to find an quarterback in the draft won’t get the guy they want, and will bring in Brunell to fill out the depth chart.

With another 320 offseason jobs now available, Brunell’s phone could be ringing.  And the person calling could be someone other than Dan Marino trying to get Brunell to sign up a little early for AARP.

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25 Responses to “Brunell says he’s not ready to retire, yet”
  1. phillyphan72 says: Apr 25, 2012 7:39 AM

    I guess he’s still low on funds

  2. jaxdolfan says: Apr 25, 2012 7:46 AM

    Jets should keep him to be a mentor to Tebow.

  3. londonfletcher says: Apr 25, 2012 7:48 AM

    Isn’t he having money problems? Maybe his reasoning for wanting to stick around isn’t so “unforeseen” after all.

    Or maybe he’s just pumped to be in a Nike jersey again…

  4. greymares says: Apr 25, 2012 8:05 AM

    Sucks to play for 19 yrs. and still be broke.

  5. duanethomas says: Apr 25, 2012 8:07 AM

    Translation: I blew 50 million and need to sock all the cash I can away.

  6. cmutimmah says: Apr 25, 2012 8:12 AM

    AARP no longer discriminates members due to age… so that joke is both tired AND inaccurate. good work!

  7. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Apr 25, 2012 8:13 AM

    I’m rooting for you Brun…
    Remember “it’s only a failure when you stop trying.”

  8. grndizzle says: Apr 25, 2012 8:20 AM

    I guess this means he’s still broke.

  9. theghostoflombardi says: Apr 25, 2012 8:30 AM

    Depending upon how the Packers feel about Graham Harrell, they may want to at least consider bringing Brunell in.

    He’s not going to pull a Matt Flynn and throw for 6 TDs in Rodgers’ absence, but he can manage a game.

  10. blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 25, 2012 8:34 AM

    Why retire? If he can get a gig carrying a clipboard and holding on field goals for a million or so a season, why not? What the heck else is there out there these days? I’d do the same thing for sure if I could. Never know, he could catch on with a team that gets hot and makes a run at the Super Bowl, why not???

  11. billsfan1 says: Apr 25, 2012 8:34 AM

    cant retire when you have that much debt…

  12. beeronthefridge says: Apr 25, 2012 8:37 AM

    Brunell has the charisma of a loaf of bread!

  13. superskins says: Apr 25, 2012 8:38 AM

    Class act fella all the way. I’ll never forget the ‘Monday Night Miracle’ in Dallas! Best wishes to Mark wherever he goes.

  14. shackdelrio says: Apr 25, 2012 8:39 AM

    The next contract he is going to sign is a one-day contract with Jacksonville when he retires. His time is over.

  15. 2dollarpbrs says: Apr 25, 2012 8:50 AM

    i.e he is still broke

  16. exhibits5 says: Apr 25, 2012 8:52 AM

    this guyhasnt thrown a pass in a regular season game in 5years he sat on the jets sidelines for 2years collecting checks and didnt do anything for sanches progession as a nfl caliber qb. the jets brought him in so he can tutor sanches its obvious he didnt bring anything to the table. brunell just retire you have had 20 years in the nfl

  17. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:03 AM

    That may be, but everyone else is ready for him to retire

  18. nje22 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:08 AM

    Keep going dude til your 50

  19. nje22 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:09 AM

    sorry bad engilsh there- “until you are 50″ is better.

  20. dawkinseffect says: Apr 25, 2012 9:10 AM

    its sad that Brunell can get a job but McNabb can’t even get a look

  21. mrgoodbar216 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:46 AM

    Bring him to Cleveland. We need a vet to teach our young qbs. Not to start just to teach.

  22. mangy66 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:55 AM

    I am far from an NFL coach or GM…but if I was the Redskins, about to draft RG3, I would rather have Mark Brunell mentoring than “RG3&Out” (Rex Grossman).

  23. brenenostler says: Apr 25, 2012 10:55 AM

    How do you play 19 seasons and still end up broke?

  24. superskins says: Apr 25, 2012 11:33 AM

    @brenenostler

    Brunell got caught up in several bad real estate and business venture deals. He was only trying to invest but got screwed in the end. I don’t think he ‘blew’ his money partying and living a lavish lifestyle like some would like to think.

  25. granadafan says: Apr 25, 2012 12:19 PM

    Brunell didn’t blow his money partying, $10,000 bottles of champagne, posses, or baby mommas. He tried to invest the money for the future, but was screwed when the economy under Bush went into the biggest recession since the Great Depression. Still, he has the greatest gig. Sitting on the sidelines holding a clipboard with a great view of the game in the sun.

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