Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets QB Mark Brunell is expected to retire rather than pursue a 20th season in the NFL. Brunell spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets backing up QB Mark Sanchez but was rarely used, attempting just 16 passes in the last two seasons.The Jets have moved on from Brunell, trading for former Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow this offseason.
The southpaw signal caller spent time with five NFL teams during his 19-year career, but his most productive seasons came as the starting quarterback with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brunell spent nine season with the Jaguars, throwing 114 touchdowns.
Brunell told the Florida Times-Union that he has been preparing for this moment in his career for some time now. “Most guys that have trouble leaving the game are in their 20s. I’ve been preparing for this moment for quite some time.”
For his career, Brunell has thrown for 32,072 yards, 184 touchdowns and 79 interceptions. He finishes his career with an 84.0 passer rating.
Prior to the start of last season, Brunell filed bankruptcy after a failed real estate deal. Brunell is expected to assume a medical sales role after he retires.