NFL notes: Jets throw Brady Quinn into QB mix

Brady Quinn is the newest member of the Jets’ quarterback carousel.

New York signed the veteran Monday to give the team an experienced backup behind rookie Geno Smith, who appears likely to start the season opener against Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Jets are waiting to announce their starter.

Quinn, a first-round pick of Cleveland in 2007, was cut by Seattle on Saturday. His signing also clouds the future of Mark Sanchez, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury and could miss at least the first few weeks of the season.


Quinn was on the field at practice with the other quarterbacks, while Sanchez was off to the side on a stationary bike during the 30-minute window the media were allowed to watch.

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‘‘It’s a great opportunity,’’ Quinn said. ‘‘The Jets are a historic organization.”

The Jets have said only that Sanchez is ‘‘day to day’’ with a right shoulder injury, but Quinn’s arrival could indicate that there are concerns about Sanchez’s short-term availability. Neither Sanchez nor coach Rex Ryan would acknowledge whether the quarterback was even able to throw at any point during practice. Sanchez insists his shoulder is ‘‘getting better every day,’’ and hopes to be ready ‘‘soon.’’

The Quinn signing also could be insurance for Smith, who had an up-and-down preseason.

‘‘It was just an opportunity for us to get a good football player,’’ Ryan said.


As for starting Sunday, Smith said, ‘‘Physically, I think I’ve always been ready . . . But I think mentally I’ve grown a lot. My grasp of the offense is to the point where I know I can get out there and execute and be out there and leading this offense and leading this team.”

The Jets also cut recently signed quarterback Graham Harrell and released quarterback Greg McElroy with an injury settlement. The only other quarterback on the roster is the inexperienced Matt Simms, who had a terrific preseason but has never thrown a pass in a regular-season NFL game.

Griffin ‘ready to go’

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that Robert Griffin III will be under center for Monday night’s opener against the Eagles.

Griffin, who had major knee surgery in January, was cleared last Thursday to play in Week 1 by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. However, Shanahan said at the time that Andrews also had unspecified ‘‘concerns.’’ The coach said he addressed those concerns with Griffin and Andrews on Sunday.

Shanahan declined to say what the concerns are, but did say Griffin is ‘‘ready to go — full-speed ahead.’’

Delayed call by Raiders


Raiders coach Dennis Allen said that he will not disclose whether Terrelle Pryor or Matt Flynn will start at quarterback Sunday at Indianapolis until game time for ‘‘competitive’’ reasons. Pryor did take the first snap with the first-team offense during a portion of Monday’s practice open to the media. Flynn is healthy after sitting out last week with a sore right elbow. During the preseason, the Raiders produced 32 points on 14 drives with Pryor at quarterback, compared with 10 points on 13 drives for Flynn . . . The Packers signed veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace just days after he was released by San Francisco, Green Bay’s opening opponent. Wallace replaces B.J. Coleman as the backup to Aaron Rodgers. Coleman was released Monday. Green Bay also signed another ex-49ers QB, Scott Tolzien, to the practice squad.

Browns seeking kicker

Running out of time to settle on a kicker, the Browns will spend Tuesday auditioning hopefuls. Former Pro Bowlers Dan Carpenter and Billy Cundiff will be among those trying out. Carpenter is also expected to try out with the Bills. Over the weekend, the Browns terminated the contract of veteran Shayne Graham and released rookie Brandon Bogotay . . . Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey didn’t practice Monday and said his status for Thursday night’s opener against Baltimore was ‘‘still up in the air.’’ Bailey has been out since spraining his left foot Aug. 17 . . . The Steelers removed tight end Heath Miller from the physically unable to perform list.

Bengals extend Atkins

The Bengals signed defensive tackle Geno Atkins to a five-year contract extension, locking up the All-Pro through 2018. Atkins, a fourth-round pick in 2010, was entering the final year on his original deal. He had 12½ sacks last season, the most by any interior lineman in the NFL. Atkins is the 12th Bengal to get either a new contract or an extension since the end of last season . . . The Panthers signed former Pro Bowl safety Quintin Mikell, one of the Rams’ top tacklers the last two seasons. Carolina also placed safety Haruki Nakamura on injured reserve with a concussion . . . In need of safety depth, the Bills signed veteran Jim Leonhard. Leonhard spent last season in Denver and signed with New Orleans in April. He was cut by the Saints last weekend . . . The Bears acquired tight end Dante Rosario from the Cowboys for a seventh-round pick in 2014. To make room for Rosario, Chicago waived tight end Kyle Adams . . . The Colts acquired linebacker Cam Johnson in a trade with San Francisco. Indianapolis sent an undisclosed conditional draft pick to the 49ers . . . The 49ers signed rookie wide receiver Chris Harper to a three-year contract. Harper was released by Seattle on Saturday.