ManningWatch: Rex won't end Jets rumors

February, 23, 2012
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The New York Jets are a long shot in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. But the team won't completely rule out the veteran quarterback and future Hall of Famer.

When asked about Manning Thursday at the NFL combine, Jets head coach Rex Ryan told reporters "we will look at all the possibilities." Ryan was pressed on the issue, and although he didn't say the Jets were interested in Manning, he didn't say they weren't interested, either.

My take: The Jets would love to have a healthy Manning but it's not going to happen. The Jets have too much money tied into veteran players and are committed to quarterback Mark Sanchez for at least one more season. Ryan said Thursday that he believes Sanchez can be a star. Ryan knows it's important to keep Sanchez's confidence high going into a huge fourth season for the quarterback and the organization.

The only quarterback move the Jets will make is to find a backup who can push and get the best out of Sanchez. That player is not Peyton Manning.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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