Two of the NFL’s quarterback competitions have unexpectedly led to a pair of unemployed quarterbacks.
In Buffalo, Matt Leinart and John Beck emerged on the radar screen after injuries to rookie EJ Manuel (knee) and veteran Kevin Kolb (concussion-like symptoms). Now, Gil Brandt of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports that Leinart and Beck have landed on the Jets’ radar following a shoulder injury to Mark Sanchez and an abysmal night from rookie Geno Smith.
Via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Jets are bringing in both Leinart and Beck for a look-see.
Leinart, the 2004 Heisman winner, was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He finished 2012 as a backup in Oakland.
Beck entered the league in 2007 as a second-round pick of the Dolphins. He last played in 2011, with the Redskins; he spent time in 2012 with the Texans.
Buffalo’s interest in both players means that JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 who has been making a much-hyped comeback effort, sits even lower on the call list for both teams.
In January 2013, a report surfaced that the Jets are interested in JaMarcus. The team quickly shot that possibility down. At some point, he could be their best available option.