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Brunell Says He Wants to Keep Playing in 2012

Jets backup quarterback Mark Brunell hopes to return to the team 2012, but would pursue opportunities elsewhere, Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger reports.

“I’d love to continue being a Jet for another year, and if that didn’t happen, I would certainly welcome another opportunity,” said Brunell. “I’d love to keep playing, I love it, I absolutely love it.”

A fifth-round pick out of the University of Washington by the Green Bay Packers in the 1993 NFL Draft, Brunell turned 41 in September. Brunell earning the league minimum ($910,000) and will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Brunell has been active for all 15 games this season, serving as the team’s holder on field goals and extra points. Brunell did fill in for Mark Sanchez at the end of a 45-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on December 18, completing one of his three pass attempts for 27 yards to running back Joe McKnight, who had celebrated his fifth birthday 10 days before Brunell was picked by the Packers.

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