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Jets clear some cap room by jettisoning Mark Brunell

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 02: Mark Brunell #8 of the New York Jets scrambles against the Buffalo Bills at New Meadowlands Stadium on January 2, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

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The Jets released quarterback Mark Brunell on Friday morning in a move that many people see as tied to the pursuit of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Brunell’s cap space is now freed up for Mike Tannenbaum and company to use as part of a contract offer to Asomugha (or someone else, obviously, but Aso’s the guy everyone’s watching at present) and there’s good reason to believe he could return to the team in short order. The Jets currently have three untested quarterbacks behind Mark Sanchez -- Kevin O’Connell, Drew Willy and rookie Greg McElroy -- and you’d imagine they’d like to have a veteran option.

Plus, if Brunell isn’t around the Jets, who is going to make sure Sanchez doesn’t date his daughter?

The Jets also waived cornerback Will Billingsley and guard Marlon Davis. Both men were signed to futures contracts in January.

UPDATE: Make that two untested quarterbacks. Jason LaCanfora of reports the team is cutting O’Connell as well.