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Mark Brunell: Stay or Go? Part 1: Introduction

If you thought Mark Brunell was retired before the Jets signed him a year ago, you could be forgiven. Some Jets reportedly were surprised. It was with good reason. Brunell has started one game since 2006.

The 40 year old has been in the league since 2003. He has played for the Packers, the Jaguars (where he had by far his most success), the Redskins, and the Saints (where he was Drew Brees' backup on the Super Bowl team).

Thankfully, Brunell only saw action in meaningless spots for the Jets in 2010. While the banter about not allowing his daughter to meet Mark Sanchez was entertaining on Hard Knocks, Brunell was something of a symbol of just how poorly the Jets handled assembling their backup quarterback situation.

With $1.3 million in potential salary cap savings if the Jets do not bring him back, Brunell's roster spot for 2011 figures to be in jeopardy. What will the team do?