The New York Jets are planning to release former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler ahead of the NFL’s cutdown deadline on Tuesday, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.
The 27-year-old led the team to three consecutive preseason victories, completing 24-of-33 passes for 277 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. He also ran the ball nine times for 71 yards.
Head coach Robert Saleh was highly complimentary of Streveler following his most recent performance, saying he “probably had one of the greatest preseasons in the history of football.” Evidently, it was still not enough for Streveler to unseat one of New York’s three incumbent quarterbacks.
The six-foot-one, 216-pound passer was a last-minute addition to training camp following an off-season stint with the Miami Dolphins. He acknowledged in an interview with the New York Post that he had little to no chance of making the team but was hopeful to potentially garner an opportunity with another NFL team based on the quality of his play.
Streveler has to play only six more NFL regular season games to secure his league pension. He saw action in seven games over two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2020-21) and completed 17-of-25 pass attempts for 141 yards, one touchdown, and one interception with seven carries for 21 yards.
Former second overall NFL draft pick Zach Wilson suffered a knee injury in the team’s first preseason game, though it was not as serious as originally feared. Former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco remains the team’s primary backup, while the Jets appear committed to Mike White as the third-stringer.
White dressed for all three preseason games and completed 35-of-54 pass attempts for 358 yards and two touchdowns. He is entering his fourth season with New York after originally being selected in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL teams are required to trim their active rosters to 53 players by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EDT.