Jets Back Mark Sanchez, But Also Remain Open To Peyton Manning Possibility
New York Jets management addressed the media today and gave an answer to the question on everyone's minds -- who's the quarterback next season, Mark Sanchez or Peyton Manning?
Well, more like a non-answer. Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan believe in Sanchez, according to an ESPN report, but they're also leaving the door open to explore other options.
"We believe in Mark," Tannenbaum said. "I think he is going to continue being a winning NFL quarterback that has started and won a lot of games for the Jets, and we are excited that he is here. But with that said, just philosophically, my general approach is when there are opportunities for the team, I have a fiduciary duty to the team to look into it. The day I got hired I meant what I said, every rock, every day. We look at every opportunity every day to get better."
Manning is still under contract with the Indianpolis Colts, but speculation abounds that the Colts may choose to unload Manning soon rather than pay him the $28 million bonus that triggers on March 8. If that happens, the Jets may look into acquiring the veteran QB.
Ryan insists that while the Jets are willing to explore the Manning possibility, that doesn't mean they've lost faith in Sanchez. "In my opinion, we have the best corner [Darrelle Revis] in the history of football along with Deion Sanders and we are still looking at a million corners," Ryan said. "We also have Antonio Cromartie. We have a great group of corners, but that doesn't mean we are not going to do our due diligence and look at every possibility regardless of the position."