Jets Rumors & News
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According to the Daily News, there are “rumblings” that Chad Pennington‘s days with Gang Green might not be numbered, as had widely been assumed. Via the News:

Because of [rookie Kellen] Clemens‘ inconsistency, and because the offseason quarterback market is hardly enticing, the Jets may decide to keep Pennington and his $4.8 million salary in 2008. With more than $27 million in projected cap room, they could afford it.

That would create quite a soap opera, considering Pennington’s presumed desire to be traded or released. A week ago, Pennington’s father, Elwood, told a Knoxville newspaper that his son would be better off going to a contending team where he could be a starter again.

Thing is, Pennington is signed through 2011 and the Jets will be in no hurry to unload their most accomplished quarterback. Pete Kendall, redux?

Rotoworld.com speculates that the Jets could simply be trying to raise their asking price for Pennington by downplaying the team’s readiness to trade him. Personally, I can envision scenarios in which the team cuts ties with Clemens and drafts another young QB to serve as understudy to Chad, or in which Chad is cut loose and another veteran is brought in to backup Clemens, however it’s tough to imagine both quarterbacks returning next season to repeat the situation that played out this season.

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