Kellen Clemens, the quarterback that was signed by the Jets back in 2006 when he was chosen at that year’s NFL draft as a second round pick, just signed his tender with New York, making him a restricted free agent.
The young Clemens communicated the decision in an email sent on Tuesday to the Associated Press. He accepted after failing in his search for a starting position elsewhere in the league. Now, the Gang Green counts with 4 quarterbacks in their growing roster.
Clemens has had the opportunity of starting 6 games during his tenure with the Jets, and also during such time, he has thrown 5 touchdown passes and eleven interceptions in twenty four games. Since he was signed he has been trying to become a starter in the Jets but it is quite clear that if he does not get traded to another team, his future in New York will be as a backup for first-round pick (2009 draft), Mark Sanchez.
The Jets are thinking on the possibility of signing veteran Mark Brunell to serve as a backup and a mentor for Sanchez, and with that scenario, it is quite possible that NY would want to make a deal with another franchise for Clemens due to the excess of quarterbacks in the team.
And, because New York has already utilized 2nd round tenders on WR Brad Smith and RB Leon Washington (though Washington and CB Drew Coleman have not signed their tenders yet, which they probably will do before Thursday), they would have to receive a 3rd rounder if another squad is interested in signing Clemens.
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Before drafting him from Oregon (49th pick), 26 year old Kellen was considered the ideal quarterback for the franchise, and was even given the chance to take over for Chad Pennington when the latest was not playing too well back in 2007, but results and opinions on Clemens were mixed.
The player was planning to compete against Pennington for the starting position, but at that time, the Jets decided to bring Brett Favre in, pushing Clemens to the side one more time. When NY let Favre go, he again saw a great opportunity for the starting job, but mark Sanchez had already arrived to the team, and had beaten Clemens in training camp.
Only time will tell if Kellen Clemens will have the chance of leading an NFL team for good or if he will remain in the shadow of more talented quarterbacks.
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