Jets owner Woody Johnson told the media that Mark Sanchez was their quarterback going forward, but would not rule out pursuing Peyton Manning if he became available, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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Johnson’s comments come just one week after a a New York Daily News article cited anonymous sources on the team who said they would be open to trading Sanchez if they could acquire a healthy Peyton Manning. Sanchez has become the scapegoat to many for a disappointing 8-8 record this year for the Jets.
Manning, a former league Most Valuable Player, missed the entirety of the 2011 season after undergoing neck surgery to improve his arm strength. It is unknown whether the Colts, who have already cleared house among their coaching and front office ranks, will look to keep the franchise star moving forward. Indianapolis currently has the No. 1 overall pick in this spring’s NFL draft, and are expected to select quarterback Andrew Luck. 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.