After 2 seasons as a backup/3rd string quarterback for the New York Jets, former NCAA National Champion Greg McElroy was released today by the New York Jets, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Greg McElroy, who many had believed to make the roster as the 3rd string quarterback, was beat out for his job by Matt Simms. McElroy lost the job to Simms because of injury problems and Simms’ positive showing in the Jets’ preseason finale (33-44, 285 yards).
McElroy’s career with the Jets reached its prime last season, when against the Arizona Cardinals coach Rex Ryan inserted Greg McElroy into the game for the struggling Mark Sanchez. McElroy led a game-winning drive, topping it off with a short touchdown pass to TE Jeff Cumberland. After that, McElroy struggled for the rest of the year and was eventually benched for Mark Sanchez.
McElroy was the first big name on the Jets that was released today, and there are several more coming. However, as McElroy heads to clean out his locker one has to wonder if his NFL career is over. After losing a 3rd string quarterback battle,
it’s hard to imagine that the former Alabama quarterback will be able to find a job somewhere else. At this point in the season, almost all other NFL teams have already solidified their backup quarterback, and McElroy will have to find a team interested in a 3rd string quarterback that doesn’t have one already. Another logical fit for McElroy would be the Buffalo Bills, who may need a 3rd string quarterback with Kevin Kolb being placed on the IR and E.J. Manuel dealing with injury problems, and is unlikely available for the Bills season opener.
If that is the case, the Bills will need a backup quarterback for Jeff Tuel in case Tuel gets hurt against the Patriots, and Greg McElroy seems like a possible solution for them. However, Buffalo just recently released QB Matt Leinart, which may indicate they aren’t in search for another one. Being a free agent quarterback is a tough life, as McElroy will soon learn along with Tim Tebow, Vince Young, Matt Leinart, and other quarterbacks that have been released today.