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Jets releasing QB Quinn

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The New York Jets are releasing quarterback Brady Quinn on Saturday and then plan to re-sign him Monday, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

The Jets did not plan to activate Quinn for Sunday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 4 p.m. ET Saturday is the deadline when veterans' salaries become guaranteed.

The Jets signed Quinn to a one-year, $715,000 contract last Monday with Mark Sanchez out with a shoulder injury. The Jets want to keep Quinn around since their only healthy quarterbacks are rookie Geno Smith and Matt Simms. Neither has played in an NFL game.

Coach Rex Ryan said Friday he is leaning toward starting Smith and using Simms as the No. 2. Ryan does not like to activate three quarterbacks for a game, saying, "if you're (planning) on playing your third quarterback, you're probably not going to win. That's generally the reason. ... That's why, unless you have an injury going in, normally you don't dress three."

If the Jets are able to re-sign Quinn on Monday, they will have four quarterbacks on their roster, which is rare.

After getting released, Quinn will still make $45,000 this week.

The Jets might use the open roster spot to sign wide receiver Michael Campbell from the practice squad. Starter Santonio Holmes is questionable as he is recovering from foot surgery.

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