Now that Alex Smith is set to be the Chiefs' starting quarterback, not only will the team let impending free agent Brady Quinn walk (which was in the plans all along), but the last quarterback the front office gave up a second-round pick to acquire, Matt Cassel, will likely be released. None of this is surprising; both Quinn and Cassel were mostly unimpressive during their stints in Kansas City and it's customary to clean house with the arrival of a new head coach and general manager.
So here we are.
But neither Quinn or Cassel should have trouble latching on with a team. This is a quarterback-driven league, after all, and on top of that it's a sellers market.
Given that, and the perpetual slurry of crazy that is the New York Jets, what we're about to write is hardly shocking: according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini (by way of Chris Mortensen), the Jets could have interest in Quinn. But unlike Tim Tebow, where there never seemed to be a plan in place to highlight what he did well, there is some logic to the Quinn speculation.
New Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee is tight with Quinn, tutoring the former first-round pick at Peyton and Eli Manning's passing camp during the 2011 lockout. And that experience prompted this observation from Lee.
"I'm going to tell you this right now: Brady Quinn has a stronger arm than both the Manning brothers," he told the Denver Post in 2011. "No question. I worked them all out."
(You know who also has a stronger arm that the Peyton brothers? That other first-round quarterback from the '07 draft class: JaMarcus Russell. Just saying.)
Quinn, according to Cimini, has also told friends that he believes Lee is the best teacher he's ever had. And Lee, during his job interview with the Jets, spoke highly of Quinn.
If Quinn does end up in New York he will arrive as the backup. Whether that changes over the course of the 2013 season will be up to Mark Sanchez.
"Whether it was Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow or Greg McElroy starting in 2012, the Jets' were a train wreck at the quarterback position. While it might seem unrealistic that head coach Rex Ryan would gamble on a Southern Cal passer as a potential replacement for Sanchez, don't be so sure. Clearly this is a team in need of better play at the position immediately and Barkley is the most pro-ready of this class. Furthermore, new general manager John Idzik might have a greater appreciation for Barkley, considering his time working with Barkley's former head coach, Pete Carroll, in Seattle. As such, it isn't surprising that he, head coach Rex Ryan and their staff reportedly used one of their 60 allocated interviews at the combine to interview Barkley in Indianapolis."