The Jets on Thursday announced that they have released quarterback Matt Simms, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star Ledger reports.
He was their third-stringer last season, having beaten out underwhelming rookie Tajh Boyd in training camp. But the Jets picked quarterback Bryce Petty in the fourth round this year, which was a bad sign for Simms.
Knowing his time with the Jets was likely up, Simms asked the organization to release him. He wanted a chance to land with another team as soon as possible. NFL teams will hold their mandatory minicamps next month.
Simms’ release leaves Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Petty and Jake Heaps (a recent undrafted free agent signing) as the Jets’ four quarterbacks. Petty, who is a long-term project player, figures to enter the season as the Jets’ third-stringer.
Simms, 26, is the son of former Giants star quarterback Phil Simms.