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Woody Johnson is saying the Jets “passed on” Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning never wanted to play for the New York Jets.

But Jets owner Woody Johnson has a different kind of take.

We passed on him,” Johnson told the Fox Business Network, via the New York Daily News. “Our fans expect us to look at every opportunity.” Johnson went on to heap praise on Mark Sanchez.

In Johnson’s mind, the Jets actually decided Sanchez was a better option than Manning. Mark Sanchez over Peyton Manning. For real.

“Sanchez is not leaving,” Johnson proclaimed. “We’ve got a pretty good tether. We’ve got five years. We like Mark.”

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  1. trbowman says: Mar 14, 2012 12:20 AM

    As a Bills fan I think I’m more excited about Sanchez’s extension than almost anything the Bills could do themselves in FA, outside of Mario Williams.

  2. thejuddstir says: Mar 14, 2012 12:20 AM

    Anybody notice that Woody is starting to sound more and more like his headcoach…….bag of hotair.

  3. jgava19 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:21 AM

    Peyton Manning was never joining that circus side show.

  4. lostsok says: Mar 14, 2012 12:22 AM

    Yeah, and they passed on Vincent Jackson, too. And now it looks like they’re passing on Mario Williams…

  5. hawkitnow says: Mar 14, 2012 12:22 AM

    like < love

  6. roamingabriel says: Mar 14, 2012 12:22 AM

    This guy is dumber than a box of rocks.

    How did he get his money?

  7. rollteal says: Mar 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    Dumb@$$

  8. hbdbrowns33 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    yeah and Grizzly Adams had a beard.

  9. kd75 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    At least Woody knows that Sanchez will be 100% healthy come September.

  10. jeremywflores says: Mar 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    LOL sure…

  11. bencoates57 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    The owner is as mentally impaired as the coach. This explains A LOT. There is so much egotism with this franchise — sensitivity — that is the driving force behind all this spin — this damage control. No wonder Parcells and Belichick jumped ship when ownership was transferred to Woody.

  12. paleandpasty says: Mar 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    How this guys is not in the discussion of worst owner intp the league. He just as delusion as jerry jones, apparently like his g.m. and defends rexy.

  13. peyton0604 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    LOL- LOL.. Mark Sanchez better than Peyton Manning? I’d take Kyle Orton over Sanchez.. good way to save some face though there pal.. pump up the silver spoon kid even more

  14. alldonesmith says: Mar 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    Hahahahaha

  15. vincentbojackson says: Mar 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    Keep polishing that turd Woody!

  16. dmartin17 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    Sure. I’m sure you willing kept a bottom 10 QB instead of a Hall of Famer. Yup, that was your choice… He had nothing to do with it…

  17. descendency says: Mar 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    Before he said this, was he seen doing lines off a hookers body?

  18. pfii63 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:25 AM

    Utterly. Full. Of. Crap.

  19. queensnyvegas says: Mar 14, 2012 12:25 AM

    only the jets would pass lol go giants

  20. psychonolfi says: Mar 14, 2012 12:25 AM

    Woody’s gotta have purple drank in that bottle he’s holding!

  21. thundersnacker says: Mar 14, 2012 12:26 AM

    Ha! Nice try Woody. Let’s hear your spin after 2012.

  22. tryptoboz says: Mar 14, 2012 12:26 AM

    Yeah right, he also has a bridge for sale.

  23. nygsbchamps4 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:26 AM

    I’d take uncle Rico from napoleon dynamite over Mark Sanchez, just sayin.

  24. sakatak says: Mar 14, 2012 12:26 AM

    Woody, are you serious?

  25. mcjon22 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:27 AM

    Yup, just like I passed on Megan Fox

  26. mikelitoris1 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:27 AM

    … and I’m sure team Pepsi Max will like Matt Barkley even more next year.

  27. raqaiw says: Mar 14, 2012 12:27 AM

    Another billionaire who’s out of touch with reality…are we supposed to be surprised by this?

  28. cclaser says: Mar 14, 2012 12:27 AM

    Sure… Why in the world you want Peyton instead of Sanchize?

  29. bobwhitequail says: Mar 14, 2012 12:28 AM

    This confirms that Woody Johnson is in fact a tabasco sauce drinking weasel with zero integrity or self respect.

  30. tigerlilac says: Mar 14, 2012 12:30 AM

    That’s pathetic.

  31. rubbernilly says: Mar 14, 2012 12:30 AM

    Wow. Just… wow.

    “We’ve got a pretty good tether.”

    …yeah, to a cinder block. In deep water.

    Good luck with that.

  32. alonestartexan says: Mar 14, 2012 12:30 AM

    Good to know…

    Considering they were never one of Peyton’s choices…

  33. hooahitsnotatomthing says: Mar 14, 2012 12:31 AM

    Articles like this need to come with a disclaimer to put down and swallow any food and drink you have.

    I don’t think anyone believes this guy.

  34. 49erdynasty says: Mar 14, 2012 12:31 AM

    And I “passed on” Jessica Alba.

  35. Exiled1 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:32 AM

    yeah right.

    Peyton would have opened a nasty pandoras box by becoming a Jet.

    Woody is just stroking Sanchez since he’s stuck with him now.

    Good Luck with that.

  36. tjacks7 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:32 AM

    Mark Sanchez = terrible consolation prize.

  37. doe22us says: Mar 14, 2012 12:32 AM

    This owner is a clown like his coach, ya we believe you.

  38. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 14, 2012 12:33 AM

    You have a different interpretation than I do.

    Both views can easily be true. Manning may never have wanted to go to the Jets but I am sure at some point the Jets management had the discussion – “Should we try for him?” and they decided not to. There could be hundred different reasons why they reached this decision. But most likely it was a combination of Manning’s pricetag, Manning’s expectation to be allowed to do whatever he wants, and the fact that no one even knows if he can play much less what sort of longevity he would have.

    Keeping Sanchez doesn’t necessarily mean they think he is better than Manning, but maybe that Manning is just too big a risk when they already have a quarterback that, while not great, is not a total disaster.

  39. makeshersquirt says: Mar 14, 2012 12:33 AM

    “We also passed on the Super Bowl this year”

  40. skiier4384 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:33 AM

    Mark Sanchez may perceive himself as Peyton Manning, the New York Jets may perceive Mark Sanchez as Peyton Manning, heck Mark Sanchez’s friends might even perceive him as Peyton Manning. But at the end of the day, you can’t hide the truth and the truth of the matter is that the rest of the NFL as well as every single non-Jets fan doesn’t have to perceive anything. They already know he sucks.

  41. tonyugoh says: Mar 14, 2012 12:34 AM

    Somewhere, Elvis, Tupac, and Michael Jackson are laughing at Woody

  42. shaggeez says: Mar 14, 2012 12:34 AM

    whatever helps you sleep at night woody

  43. finsfan71 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:34 AM

    That sounds like something a Jets official would say. Then again, they know their fan base is, well, slow. They’ve been accustomed to drinking the kool aid even before fat boy Nostradumas started making predictions.

  44. patfic15 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:34 AM

    The Jets are consistently stupid.

  45. stanklepoot says: Mar 14, 2012 12:35 AM

    “In Johnson’s mind, the Jets actually decided Sanchez was a better option than Manning. Mark Sanchez over Peyton Manning. For real.”
    _________________________________
    Ironically, in trying to save face he could end up making himself and the front office look truly incompetent. Only one team can sign Peyton Manning, and there are a number of teams interested in him, so not getting him would be a minor failure at worst. If Peyton Manning never recovers well enough to play at anywhere near his former level of play, then the Jets “passing” on Manning could look like a really smart move. If he is able to play at a high level, and Sanchez doesn’t make some dramatic improvements, then the Jets “decision” will appear to be one of the more moronic decisions I can remember…and there will be plenty of Jets fans calling for the heads of everyone in the front office. It’s a needless risk, however. The Jet were never realistically in play for Peyton Manning. Manning demands discipline from his teammates, and that’s not exactly the way the Jets have been doing things lately.

  46. randomcommenter says: Mar 14, 2012 12:35 AM

    The Jets passed on Manning like I passed on a date with Angelina Jolie.

  47. atlien698 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:36 AM

    Napoleon Dynamite had a good “tether” too. So there’s that.

  48. huskersrock1 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:36 AM

    If this is true and he really believes it, then the Jets are screwed!

  49. theysone says: Mar 14, 2012 12:37 AM

    That’s like saying you passed on sleeping with Kate Upton, and you’re happy being with rosie o’donnell.

  50. andyreidisfat says: Mar 14, 2012 12:37 AM

    Hahahhahahhahahhaah @. Woody.

    Sanchez is horrible. I have never seen a qb more afraid to throw the ball. If the jets had even a decent qb they may have already won a title.

  51. Soulman45 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:38 AM

    Mark Sanchez is better than PM that the way to build a team.
    The Sets yes the Sets they are sitting down while a HF player pass them by.

  52. drewzducks says: Mar 14, 2012 12:39 AM

    Right. Just liked I passed on Kate Upton last night.

  53. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 14, 2012 12:40 AM

    yeah that’s it WOODY.You KNEW Mark Sanchez was a better option.Idiots

  54. enx31 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:40 AM

    I’m not an NFL Owner/Manager but using ‘tether’ isn’t super cool to use when describing an employee. Defined as : A rope, chain, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place, allowing a short radius in which it can move about.

    Can we just start calling him Sanchey the Slave?

  55. ttommytom says: Mar 14, 2012 12:40 AM

    This franchise is doomed.

    and

    lolololol

  56. lombardihero says: Mar 14, 2012 12:42 AM

    No wonder Rex Ryan still has a job this owner is 12 sandwiches short of a picnic…

  57. zinn22 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:43 AM

    “Sanchez was a better option than Manning.”

    Using that logic Browning Nagle must be better than Brett Favre who was taken one player ahead of him in the draft.

    Sanchez is simply the worst QB in the NFl. Even if the Jets passed on Manning they would have been better of cutting Sanchez and picking up any bum off the street. Manning could throw left handed and would still be better than Sanchez.

  58. dude1988 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:43 AM

    And I passed on Brooklyn Decker.

  59. maverick5266 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:44 AM

    Sounds like sour grapes shooting out of the Titanic captains mouth. Go down the tubes with some dignity woodrow.

  60. jc327 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:44 AM

    Horse feathers.

  61. iikanji says: Mar 14, 2012 12:45 AM

    nothing like a great bit of humour to interject my day! oh Woody … u so funny!

  62. illusi0nz79 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:47 AM

    Good save Woody.. BS but good save. Ask Sanchez if he believes you lawl

  63. deangelo23hall says: Mar 14, 2012 12:48 AM

    So basically what you’re saying is… you want to suck for the next five years?

  64. dontbescared says: Mar 14, 2012 12:49 AM

    HAHA! Great to see dysfunction and hubris alive and well on that train wreck of a team.

  65. grannyvi4 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:49 AM

    Wow. Just…wow.

  66. vikingsrdue says: Mar 14, 2012 12:52 AM

    Hahahhahaha, good one Mr. Johnson!

  67. pacoltsguy says: Mar 14, 2012 12:52 AM

    Yeah, right. It’s more like Peyton passed on your disfunctional team and management.

  68. unbiased8383 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:53 AM

    I passed on Giselle in high school. Man, she missed out cause me and Cassie are living a dream.

  69. tifosi4ref1 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:53 AM

    Check the alcohol content in that drink he is holding

  70. donniebmc says: Mar 14, 2012 12:57 AM

    Haha. Yeah..

  71. jimbo75025 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:00 AM

    Uh-huh, just like I “passed” on Meghan Fox……….

  72. tomny0970 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:00 AM

    In related news, I have decided to “pass on” a romantic tryst this weekend with Jessica Alba.

    Frustrated Jets fan.

  73. gadgetdawg says: Mar 14, 2012 1:01 AM

    I have no idea what kinda shape Peyton is in but he’d have to be under 50% health for Sanchez to be anywhere near him.

    If Manning had thrown for the Jets I would find this pretty interesting but since he did not I can only assume he laughed at them and the Jets needed a story.

  74. spytdi says: Mar 14, 2012 1:02 AM

    Reading anything about the Jets makes my stomach turn and I have no reason to dislike them. The coach is a bum as well as the silly ownership for extending Mediocre Mark.

  75. derek2957 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:03 AM

    In related news, I “passed” on that Katy Perry, Isla Fisher three way.

  76. WestCoastVet says: Mar 14, 2012 1:06 AM

    “You can’t dump me because I’m dumping you first.”

  77. supremeomega says: Mar 14, 2012 1:10 AM

    They also passed on winning a SB in 40 years…

    Bazzing!

  78. jgrange08 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:10 AM

    Well why would any team pursue peyton manning when you have mark sanchez?

  79. seanatch says: Mar 14, 2012 1:15 AM

    Typical Classy j-e-t-s

  80. patswhatsup says: Mar 14, 2012 1:17 AM

    He better hope manning doesn’t sign with miami…. He will make them pay in a big way lol..

    Woody Johnson is silly!

  81. drewzducks says: Mar 14, 2012 1:19 AM

    And I passed on Kate Upton last night.

  82. carmelaanthonysoprano says: Mar 14, 2012 1:21 AM

    Is this news? There are signings going on left and right, yet you focus on something pointless as this.

    We all get it, Manning didn’t want to be a Jet. So what?

  83. mawalters12 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:29 AM

    Lol. Woody is a funny guy. Sanchez over Manning. I have officially heard it all.

  84. eaglesfan290 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:29 AM

    Well when your family makes Billions selling drugs I guess your bound to have a substance abuse problem.

    All I can say is from the cheap seats it looks like the Jets wanted Peyton……………Peyton with class said no thank you. The Jets said uhhht ohhh now we pissed off the bad qb we have ………….ok we will just buy him off ………..out comes the check book Woody pays off Sanchez …………..Then woody tells Press ………………..we were just kidding he wanted us and we said Nah we would be better off with Mark!

    You can sell it but they won’t buy it

  85. randygnyc says: Mar 14, 2012 1:29 AM

    This was NOT said in regards to the fans, but rather to save face with their toddler QB, Sanchez. And I’d bet anything, this is exactly what they have told Sanchez all along. “we never had any interest in Manning. His people called us. Jets were his first preference. We told him we went interested in that we had a QB, who quite coincidently, we were in the middle of extending his contract, when you called. Good luck on the field. Btw, lose this number. Thanks”

  86. mschurm1 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:31 AM

    Woody has a little bit of crazy uncle in him.

  87. kacapaco says: Mar 14, 2012 1:32 AM

    Oh yea. ‘I better hangout with my buddies’ was what I said when that hot girl said ‘r u serious?!’ after I requested her for Saturday night date. I feel you buddy.

  88. mawalters12 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:36 AM

    Still can’t stop laughing. Woody should sell the Jets and join the blue collar comedy tour. Jeff Foxworthy voice ” If you think Sanchez is better than Manning you might be a jack@$$”

  89. jrs1972 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:39 AM

    alzheimer’s is a brutal thing to suffer from apparently

  90. mrslay1 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:43 AM

    What do you say when The greatest QB in the league won’t even take your phone calls? Oh yea we didn’t want him anyway. I sure believe this one!

  91. expertop says: Mar 14, 2012 1:43 AM

    This post may be my favorite of all time. Nice pic, Woody.

  92. packfaninpackland says: Mar 14, 2012 1:45 AM

    Woody “passed” on Peyton Manning to keep Mark Sanchez ???

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!

    Woody, … put … the … crack … pipe … down !

  93. footballfan15 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:46 AM

    ["In Johnson’s mind, the Jets actually decided Sanchez was a better option than Manning. Mark Sanchez over Peyton Manning. For real.

    “Sanchez is not leaving,” Johnson proclaimed. “We’ve got a pretty good tether. We’ve got five years. We like Mark.” "]

    Sure you do…

    If you believe that, I think there’s a bridge in Brooklyn that might be for sale…

  94. meytonpanning says: Mar 14, 2012 1:53 AM

    LOL well you have fun watching Sanchez; I’m sure you did last year as well.

  95. jcbadger34 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:53 AM

    Yeah……suuuuuure you did Woody!

    Reminds me of: “You’re fired!” “You can’t fire me, because I quit!”

  96. astrosfan75956 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:04 AM

    I would take Joe Namath in his current shape over sanchez today.

  97. firstandonlywarning says: Mar 14, 2012 2:08 AM

    And that’s why they are the Jets, the NFL’s most pathetic franchise.

    The 60’s Jets fans
    The 60’s

    Nice Owner
    Nice GM
    Nice Coaching

    All bottom 3 in the league

  98. butternutzz says: Mar 14, 2012 2:09 AM

    Sanhez is a BUM!!!! You sound like a scorned lover Woody. You’re just bitter that Peyton didn’t want to play on that circus you call a team.

  99. menentj says: Mar 14, 2012 2:11 AM

    OMG! The Jets (Jesters is more like it) decided to PASS on Manning because, after all, they have Sanchez! Of course Sanchez is an upgrade. Yeah, right!! Now we all know the state of this franchise when they reward Sanchez by extending his contract. What a joke!

  100. sundayisthebestday says: Mar 14, 2012 2:14 AM

    No surprise that Woody can afford to smoke the good stuff.

  101. cliffordc05 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:23 AM

    Woody Johnson should take the advice that is most often given to his coach…..shut your pie hole because you are embarrassing yourself.

  102. heisthejuan says: Mar 14, 2012 2:24 AM

    Could this guy be any more out to lunch? Sanchez is a JAG. Jets are probably the only team he’d start for in the NFL.

  103. ryancloud says: Mar 14, 2012 2:31 AM

    In other news, I won the lottery today, but have decided not to cash in because I just got a sweet job at Taco Bell!!!

  104. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 14, 2012 2:43 AM

    Yeah, after Manning blows them off they lick their wounds and extend Sanchez.

  105. ole says: Mar 14, 2012 2:43 AM

    …… uh……… yeah ………. riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight

    it must be true if Woody said it

  106. chefjayson says: Mar 14, 2012 2:52 AM

    LOL yeah! Who needs Peyton Manning when you have Mark Sanchez? There’s almost no difference between the two. Gotta feel bad for Jets fans. Their owner is just as dilusional as their head coach. Both think Sanchez has talent. Both think they have a Super Bowl team. Shame

  107. bucrightoff says: Mar 14, 2012 3:02 AM

    Yeah……I mean I could have had sex with Angelina Jolie, but I just “passed on” it

  108. blue22ro says: Mar 14, 2012 3:08 AM

    tabasco?

  109. kxlllxst says: Mar 14, 2012 3:09 AM

    Maybe he is telling truth, but to me it looks like face-saving tactic after being turned down for a meeting

  110. hawkron says: Mar 14, 2012 3:09 AM

    “In Johnson’s mind, the Jets actually decided Sanchez was a better option than Manning”

    And that is all the evidence anyone needs to see that that FO is totally lost!!!! Funny!!!!!

  111. lance19 says: Mar 14, 2012 3:31 AM

    This just in:

    Peyton Manning just “passed” 4 or 5 Sanchezes
    hours after eating a giant California burrito

  112. bobhk says: Mar 14, 2012 3:36 AM

    In Johnson’s mind, the Jets actually decided Sanchez was a better option than Manning. Mark Sanchez over Peyton Manning. For real.

    ========
    I thought drugs were illegal.

  113. couldntthinkofaname says: Mar 14, 2012 3:44 AM

    LOL Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly what happened…..

  114. IainRWB says: Mar 14, 2012 3:55 AM

    There was a significant amount of feeling amongst Jets fans that it would be a bad idea to sign Manning, particularly after the failed Favre experiment.

    It was clear from the way we refused to prostrate ourselves, like Miami have, that we only had interest if we were an overwhelming favourite. Having established Peyyton wanted to talk to other teams, we passed.

    Whether he was interested, intrigued or disinterested was irrelevant at that point.

    For what it’s worth, it would have been lunacy to build a staff and team for ground & pound then tried to plug Peyton in. It would have been absurd to rip it all up for him – as we learned to our cost in 2008.

  115. GG Eden says: Mar 14, 2012 6:06 AM

    Lol, i’ve never seen an article on PFT before with pretty much every comment not getting any thumbs-down. Shows the masses are in total consensus on Woody and Sanchez.

  116. bigbluefan1 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:53 AM

    Thank you once again Woody for showing why the just end the season will always be the redhead stepchild in the NY area.

    You would have been better off say Payton did not want to play in the same city as his brother

    This guy is lucky his folks left him filthy rich or he would be sleeping under a overpass

  117. hoite says: Mar 14, 2012 8:36 AM

    trbowman says:
    Mar 14, 2012 12:20 AM
    As a Bills fan I think I’m more excited about Sanchez’s extension than almost anything the Bills could do themselves in FA, outside of Mario Williams.

    ————————————————–

    Well since he’s 5-1 against you guys in his career I wouldnt be too excited…dope

  118. hoite says: Mar 14, 2012 8:45 AM

    The hate makes me happy….

    The past 3 seasons the Jets have had a combined record of 28-20…won 4 playoff games and appeared in 2 AFCCG.

    How does your team stack up against that in the past 3 years? There are only a handful of teams that have hand more success since Sanchez has been a Jet….

    Iggles fans???

    Bills fans? – nothing like blowing your load by Week 7

    Falcons fans? – Matty Ice??

    Dolphin fans? – LOL!!

    Chargers fans? – you guys still a favorite to win a SB…again?

  119. dynaco says: Mar 14, 2012 9:44 AM

    Smooth move Woody, now the rest of the league has to wait and the pencil neck geek is washed up.

  120. schmuley says: Mar 16, 2012 1:20 PM

    If ‘Sanchize’ really is their guy then this may be the the most passing the Jets do for a while.

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