It could turn out to be a much better year than expected

It could turn out to be a much better year than expected for Mark Brunell, the broke (on paper) ex-Husky quarterback who had to sell his Rose Bowl rings. He’ll be free from bankruptcy, allowed to keep his $3 million Florida home, and has now decided – despite what he indicated in court papers – that at age 41, he may have another season of NFL football in him after all. “I’d love to continue being a Jet for another year, and if that didn’t happen, I would certainly welcome another opportunity,” Brunell told the Star-Ledger of New Jersey. In a bankruptcy court statement last year, Brunell said it was a “virtual certainty” that his pro career was over. But after 19 pro seasons, “I’d love to keep playing,” he told the newspaper. “I love it, I absolutely love it.”By most accounts, he won’t be returning to New York next year after two seasons as a kick holder and backup to Jets QB Mark Sanchez. Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum indicated that while he’s keeping Sanchez in the starting role, he wants to “improve the depth” at QB. ESPN’s Rich Cimini’s writes that “In Tannenbaum-speak, that means, ‘We’re bringing in some competition for a change'” to challenge Sanchez.Rookie Greg McElroy, the No. 3 Jets QB, is expected to move up, although he didn’t think much of his introduction to NFL football. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been around extremely selfish individuals,” he recently told an interviewer. “I think the fact that we struggled at times this year really led to a really corrupt mind-set within the locker room.” The Jets shakeup makes it more of a possibility that Brunell could wind up back in the city where he made his football name, becoming a Seahawks backup as Mike Seely suggested the other day. Current backup Charlie Whitehurst is not likely to be resigned. But the question is, will Tarvaris Jackson return as the starter, or will he become the backup to a newcomer? If the Hawks pick up, say, Green Bay’s stellar No. 2 QB Matt Flynn, or position themselves to draft Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, its unclear where that would leave Jackson, or Brunell.

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