With quarterback Mark Sanchez expected to miss at least a few weeks with an injured shoulder, the New York Jets signed veteran Brady Quinn on Monday to back up presumptive starter Geno Smith — a move that casts doubt on Sanchez’s future with the team.
Sanchez is due to make a guaranteed $8.25 million this season from the Jets, whether he’s on the team or not. It would be unusual for a team to eat that much salary, but general manager John Idzik hasn’t ruled out the possibility of cutting Sanchez at some point, according to a source.
Rex Ryan gave a vague explanation for the Quinn signing, saying it was simply an opportunity to add a good football player. Ryan provided no update on Sanchez, except to say he didn’t practice Monday.
It has been nine days since the injury, and Sanchez still hasn’t thrown a football, sources said. He won’t play in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source said. Even Smith acknowledged, “Mark’s status is very uncertain.”