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well according to REX..he's not interested in signing a vet QB

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says he isn't interested in signing veteran quarterback

by Dave Hutchinson/The Star-Ledger Friday February 20, 2009, 11:59 PM

Jets coach Rex Ryan said Friday he's prepared to stand pat with his current quarterback situation and isn't interested in signing a veteran just for the sake of having one.

In fact, Ryan, who is attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, said he already has a veteran presence in quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, a former NFL quarterback who coached with Ryan in Baltimore.

The Jets currently have Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge on their roster.

"The first thing I would think (about bringing in a veteran quarterback) is, to do what? Be the backup?" Ryan said Friday. "What I would gather is if I can bring in a guy with 16 years' NFL experience, and let's just say two Super Bowls, I'd bring that guy in.

"That's what I did in hiring Matt Cavanaugh. That's our veteran quarterback presence right there. I'm comfortable with Matt being the mentor for these young quarterbacks."

Of course the Jets could draft a quarterback as well. They are said to be intrigued by Kansas State QB Josh Freeman, a 6-6, 250-pounder who could be on the board when they pick 17th overall in the April draft. However, it is likely Clemens or Ratliff will be the starter next season.

"I think if you ask (within) the organization, it's probably split right down the middle (between Clemens and Ratliff) who they think can do it," said Ryan. "Then you have Erik Ainge. It's funny. He's a dark horse. Maybe he doesn't get the exact reps as the other two guys, but he's definitely going to get an opportunity as well. It's definitely an open competition."

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