Jets release veteran QB Brunell but might rework contract

Mark Brunell was cut by the New York Jets, but the 40-year-old quarterback could possibly return to the team to back up Mark Sanchez at a reduced salary, NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Friday, citing a league source.

Releasing Brunell was among the Jets' first moves Friday morning as the team was in intense negotiations to try to reach an agreement with cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Several other teams are interested in the player considered to be this year's top free agent.

Brunell was due $1.25 million in base salary this year. He came to the Jets last season and served as a mentor to Sanchez. Brunell, a three-time Pro Bowl selection in 18 NFL seasons, played in two games for New York last season and threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

La Canfora also reported that New York also released quarterback Kevin O'Connell, according to a league source.

O'Connell spent last season on injured reserve after injuring his throwing shoulder. Drew Willy and seventh-round pick Greg McElroy, who agreed to a deal Friday, are the other quarterbacks on the roster.

The team announced earlier Friday it had waived cornerback Will Billingsley and guard Marlon Davis. Both were signed to reserve-future contracts by the Jets in January.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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