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Mark Brunell | Quarterback

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (44) / 9/17/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Washington
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Free agent QB Mark Brunell plans to hold off on officially retiring, and says he would "definitely" consider playing "if an opportunity came along."
Brunell suggested Monday he realized his career was over, but will apparently let the open market make the final call. Brunell filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010, so he certainly has financial motivation to continue playing. A purely token backup in New York the past two seasons, the 41-year-old 18-year veteran is unlikely to draw any interest. Tue, Apr 24, 2012 10:34:00 AM

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Former Jets and Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has retired from football.

He wanted to play one more season, but the Jets preferred a backup capable of putting heat on Mark Sanchez. Brunell, 41, was an athletic southpaw passer in his prime, and the last franchise-caliber quarterback in Jaguars history. He made three Pro Bowl trips in the mid to late 1990s, compiling a 184:108 TD-to-INT ratio and career record of 78-73. Brunell leaves the game ranked 31st all-time in passing yards. He likely earned a spot in the Jags' Ring of Honor.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 11:14:00 PM

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum confirmed the team intends to bring in a better No. 2 quarterback for the 2012 season.

Incumbent Mark Brunell's contract is up, and the Jets may want to put heat on struggling starter Mark Sanchez. "(Sanchez) will be our starter," Tannenbaum said. "With that said, I think we will look at that position as a whole. ... We're bringing in some competition for a change." ESPN Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson has suggested the Jets pursuing free agents Chad Henne, Jason Campbell, and Kyle Orton as well as drafting a QB in the third or fourth round.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 12:24:00 PM

Backup Jets QB Mark Brunell would like to return for a 19th NFL season in 2012.

"I'd love to continue being a Jet for another year, and if that didn't happen, I would certainly welcome another opportunity," he said. Brunell's desire to continue playing is probably motivated in part by money, as the former Jaguar filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2010. With Mark Sanchez regressing, the Jets will likely make upgrading on the 41-year-old Brunell an offseason priority.
Sat, Dec 31, 2011 09:17:00 AM

Coach Rex Ryan expects Mark Brunell (calf) to be ready for the season opener.

Monday's reports suggested Brunell would be touch-and-go for the opener. The Jets don't plan to add a veteran QB with seventh-rounder Greg McElroy leading all rookies in passer rating through two weeks of the exhibition schedule.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 03:14:00 PM

Jets backup QB Mark Brunell (calf) may not be ready for Week 1.

Brunell has a serious pull in his calf muscle and at age 40, recovery is slower than usual. Third-string quarterback Greg McElroy was solid again last night, completing 6-of-9 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Mon, Aug 22, 2011 09:50:00 AM

Mark Brunell will miss the Jets' second preseason game on Sunday with a pulled calf.

He suffered the injury in practice on Saturday. This, after Brunell missed the Jets' preseason opener last Monday with a dislocated left pinky finger. His absence will lead to another extended look for rookie Greg McElroy, who completed 23-of-39 passes for 208 yards and a score against the Texans last week. Brunell is looking very creaky heading into his age-41 season.
Sat, Aug 20, 2011 12:19:00 PM

Mark Brunell dislocated a finger on his left hand in Jets practice on Saturday.

The injury is not considered serious, but Brunell will be unable to go in the Jets' preseason opener on Monday. Mark Sanchez may now play up to a full quarter, while the Jets are reportedly planning to give seventh-round pick Greg McElroy a "heavy dose" of snaps.
Sun, Aug 14, 2011 08:36:00 AM

Jets re-signed QB Mark Brunell to a one-year contract.

As expected. Brunell's salary was chopped for the Jets' ultimately fruitless pursuit of Nnamdi Asomugha. It's a good bet that he'll receive slightly less than his scheduled $1.25 million salary to act as Mark Sanchez's backup.
Sun, Jul 31, 2011 04:23:00 PM

There is reportedly a "very good" chance QB Mark Brunell will re-sign with the Jets after being released Friday.

Brunell's $1.25 million salary was cleared for a run at Nnamdi Asomugha, but the Jets still want him back as Mark Sanchez's sounding board.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 12:14:00 AM

Jets released QB Mark Brunell.

Brunell was Mark Sanchez's mentor and under contract for just $1.25 million this season. Now all that's behind Sanchez are seventh-round rookie Greg McElroy and Kevin O'Connell, who is coming off a torn labrum in his throwing arm. The Jets may have a move up their sleeve here, such as bringing Brunell back at an even cheaper rate and using the saved money for Nnamdi Asomugha.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 10:01:00 AM

Mark Brunell is probably heading into his last season, speculates ESPN.com.

Brunell will be 41 in September and his contract is up after the 2011 season. While he projects as Mark Sanchez's primary backup (ahead of Kellen Clemens), Brunell would be a liability if forced into action for significant time.
Mon, Apr 4, 2011 09:49:00 AM

Coach Rex Ryan expects his backup quarterback situation to remain the same in 2011.

"We're not looking for a quarterback," said Ryan. Mark Brunell, turning 41 in September, is under contract for one more season at $1.25 million. The Jets extended an original pick restricted free agent tender to Kellen Clemens.
Tue, Mar 22, 2011 01:57:00 PM

Mark Brunell completed 6-of-12 passes for 110 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Week 17 against the Bills.

Mark Sanchez played just one series before yielding to Brunell, who was solid in backup duty. The 40-year old veteran started off rusty, telegraphing a throw that turned into an easy pick-six for Bills S Jairus Byrd. Brunell settled down soon after, throwing touchdowns to Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. He'll backup Mark Sanchez in the playoffs.
Sun, Jan 2, 2011 03:37:00 PM

Mark Brunell is expected to start in place of Mark Sanchez (shoulder) against the Bills in Week 17.

Sanchez will likely rest the cartilage damage in his right (throwing) shoulder. Brunell, 40, last started a game in Week 17 of 2009 while with the Saints. It was a total disaster as the veteran went 15-of-29 for 102 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Expect a very conservative game plan out of the Jets next week.
Mon, Dec 27, 2010 08:00:00 AM

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