Quincy Carter; Photo: AP

The race for the Jets' seemingly vacant backup quarterback spot seems to be over as soon as it began, as the team signed former Dallas Cowboy starter Quincy Carter to a one-year contract.

Sources have indicated Carter will earn $500,000 for the season in his role, but if Chad Pennington goes down to injury again, it might be a good deal in the end, considering Carter's experience as a starter.
It was only three weeks ago that Carter was given his walking papers by Bill Parcells at Valley Ranch, in somewhat mysterious circumstances that are still causing a mess. Carter is said to have had a history of substance abuse, but the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement states that a player cannot be cut for that reason alone (what other occupations allow for that?).

Brooks Bollinger appears to be taking his apparent demotion in stride - safe to say that his recent slight knee injury was the worst career move he ever made. Carter will not see much time with any of the Jets' units during tomorrow night's preseason game against the Giants.