NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Mark Brunell was cut by the Jets on Friday, according to multiple reports, but the 40-year-old quarterback could possibly return to the team to back up Mark Sanchez at a reduced salary.

Releasing Brunell was among the Jets’ first moves Friday morning as the team was in intense negotiations to try to reach an agreement with free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Brunell was due $1.25 million in base salary this year. He came to the Jets last season and served as a mentor to Sanchez. Brunell, a three-time Pro Bowl selection in 18 NFL seasons, played in two games for New York last season and threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

The Jets also cut backup quarterback Kevin O’Connell, a source told the AP.

O’Connell spent last season on injured reserve after injuring his throwing shoulder. Drew Willy and seventh-round pick Greg McElroy, who agreed to a deal Friday, are the other quarterbacks on the roster.

The team announced earlier Friday it had waived cornerback Will Billingsley and guard Marlon Davis. Both were signed to reserve-future contracts by the Jets in January.

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