No matter how much they say publicly that Mark Sanchez is their man, the New York Jets are wasting no time in at least exploring the possibility of dumping their man in favor of Peyton Manning.
On the same afternoon that the Colts formally announced they were releasing Manning, the Jets inquired about Peyton Manning’s interest in playing for them, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
Talk of Manning to the Jets has been simmering since the end of the regular season, when Sanchez struggled down the stretch and the Jets missed the playoffs, and several Jets players provided anonymous quotes to reporters saying they lacked confidence in Sanchez’s ability to lead the team.
The Jets’ brass, led by head coach Rex Ryan, has always said that Sanchez will be the starter going forward. But the Jets haven’t specifically ruled out the possibility of signing Manning, and now that they have the opportunity, they’re exploring it.