The Jets released third-string quarterback Brady Quinn on Saturday two hours before his salary would have been guaranteed for the year.

The team almost certainly will re-sign Quinn next week because it needs quarterback options with Mark Sanchez sidelined due to an injured right (throwing) shoulder.

The Jets signed Quinn on Monday after he lost Seattle’s backup competition to Tarvaris Jackson and was released. Two days later as expected they named rookie Geno Smith the starter for Sunday’s season opener against Tampa Bay.

Smith was the only option because of Sanchez’s injury which left the Jets with just Matt Simms behind Smith before they signed Quinn. Coach Rex Ryan said this week that Simms would be the backup for the Tampa Bay game and that he wasn’t sure if he would dress three quarterbacks for the opener. He won’t as it turned out.

The Jets releasing Quinn on Saturday afternoon made fiscal sense because he is a vested veteran and his $715000 salary for the year was going to be guaranteed if he was on the roster at 4 p.m. ET.