The Jets didn't plan to activate Quinn for the season opener Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so they cut him before 4 p.m. ET Saturday -- the deadline when veterans' salaries become guaranteed.
With Mark Sanchez sidelined with a shoulder injury, the Jets signed Quinn on Monday to a one-year, $715,000 contract. He's veteran insurance until Sanchez heals because neither of the Jets' other two quarterbacks, rookie Geno Smith and Matt Simms, has played a single snap in an NFL game.
On Friday, Rex Ryan indicated he was leaning toward dressing only two quarterbacks, starting Smith and using Simms as the No. 2. The playbook is new to Quinn, who has had only four practices with the Jets. But at least he has game experience as a six-year veteran. The Jets are taking a chance.
Ryan said he doesn't like to dress three quarterbacks because "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."
Assuming Quinn doesn't sign elsewhere, the Jets will go back to having four quarterbacks on Monday, which is highly unusual. They will keep Quinn until Sanchez is healthy, which may be a few weeks. At that point, they will make a decision on how to proceed.
Quinn still will get paid for the week, receiving $45,000.
To fill Quinn's spot on the roster, the Jets signed linebacker Danny Lansanah from the practice squad.