Several New York Jets players anonymously told the New York Daily News that they would be open to the team making a push to acquire former MVP Peyton Manning, even if it meant trading away current starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.
“Come on. That’s a no-brainer,” one Jets player told the paper. “If you have a chance to get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning and you don’t do it, then you’re stupid. If I could get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning, then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez.”
“We already have his coach — Tom Moore,” another “well-respected player” told the Daily News. “Plus, he’s a field general and will get everyone lined up. He will get his playmakers the ball. We can win a Super Bowl with Peyton.”
Other Jets players told the paper that even if Peyton Manning weren’t available, they would like the team to attempt to acquire a veteran quarterback who could push the 25-year-old. Some told the Daily News that because of his job security, the third year quarterback out of USC seemed unmotivated.
“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” said one player. “He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.” Sanchez, who finished the 2011 season with 3,474 passing yards and a 78.2 passer rating, has received multiple bids of confidence from Jets head coach Rex Ryan. At one point during the Jets’ struggles, Ryan told the New York media that Sanchez would be the starting quarterback in New York as long as he was the head coach.