Mark Brunell hopes to play in the NFL again this year. Not because of his competitive spirit or because he wants to prove he can still be a productive QB at 40 years old, but because he needs the money. Brunell filed for Chapter-11 bankruptcy a year ago because of “two failed business partnerships, a real estate development company called Champion LLC and a partnership that invested in 12 Whataburger (Click the link. Help and old gunslinger out! – CRM) restaurant franchises in the Jacksonville area.” From Florida Times-Union:
Nearly a year after the former Jaguars quarterback filed to reorganize his debts under Chapter 11, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jerry Funk gave conditional approval to the disclosure statement that details his plans to pay off his debts. Once the statement gets final approval, Funk will schedule another hearing to confirm the reorganization plan and get Brunell out of bankruptcy. That should happen in the next couple of months.
The final determination of the judge depends on Brunell’s contract with the Jets. There’s also the question of whether the Jets actually plan on having Brunell back. The lockout could actually help Brunell because of his experience and familiarity with the Jets system. The lack of a proper training camp probably won’t give young guys like Drew Willy or Greg McElroy a chance to take his spot on the roster. Third stringer Kellen Clemens is not likely to be re-signed.
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