It was clear long before the Jets drafted Sam Darnold that neither Bryce Petty nor Christian Hackenberg would be the Jets' Quarterback of the Future.
Petty became a thing of the past, first.
The 26-year-old Petty, a fourth-round pick out of Baylor back in 2015, has been released by the Jets, according to an NFL source. He leaves having made seven starts over the last two seasons, completing 53.1 percent of passes for 1,353 yards with four touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In those starts, the Jets went 1-6.
The fact that he already had his opportunity is likely a big reason why he was cut before Hackenberg, the Jets' second-round pick from 2016 who has yet to step on the field in a regular season game. Petty had beaten out Hackenberg on the depth chart two years running and has shown far more ability during practices. But his performances made it clear to the Jets there wasn't much of an upside there.
The same might be true for the 23-year-old Hackenberg, but he is younger, was selected in a higher round, and he still hasn't really gotten a shot. Of course now that the Jets drafted Darnold third overall and are confident he'll be their franchise quarterback for years to come, if Hackenberg is going to get an NFL shot, it likely won't be here.
Still, he might stick around for a little while despite the Jets' crowded quarterback situation. Aside from Darnold, they also have 38-year-old veteran Josh McCown back, and they signed free agent Teddy Bridgewater. However, Bridgewater is still recovering from a devastating knee injury that cost him most of the last two seasons. It's possible the Jets want to wait to see him in action first to make sure his knee can hold up before they make any other quarterback moves.
One of the remaining quarterbacks from last season's roster was always going to be squeezed out of practice time, though, which is why it made sense to get rid of Petty now. He was due to make $705,000 this season, which is the amount the Jets cleared off their cap.