- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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On ESPN's "NFL32" show, colleague Chris Mortensen mentioned the possibility of the Jets signing free-agent QB Brady Quinn. It makes some sense. Let's connect the dots:
Quinn and new QBs coach David Lee have a strong relationship. Lee never formally coached Quinn, but he has tutored him in recent years. During the 2011 lockout, Quinn attended Peyton and Eli Manning's quarterback camp and worked under Lee, the Ole Miss offensive coordinator at the time.
"I'm going to tell you this right now: Brady Quinn has a stronger arm than both the Manning brothers," Lee told the Denver Post in 2011. "No question. I worked them all out."
Quinn, a former first-round pick, has told friends he believes Lee is the best teacher he's ever been around. Word has it that Lee, during his job interview last year with the Jets, spoke highly of Quinn. Lee went to the Bills, but his recommendation may have stuck. When the Jets were looking for a backup last March, they arranged a visit for Quinn.
Obviously, Quinn hasn't met career expectations. He's 4-16 as a starter, with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions with the Browns, Broncos and Chiefs.