Sanchez deal talked about for weeks
Posted by ESPN's Sal Paolantonio
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The trade between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns that brought USC quarterback Mark Sanchez to the Jets was a matter of friend to friend, brother to brother: former Jets head coach Eric Mangini and his old boss Mike Tannenbaum, and brothers Rex and Rob Ryan.
The deal really heated up on Friday night, according to general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who said he called his former head coach, Browns head coach Eric Mangini, and said, "Let's make a deal."
"It's something we had been talking about for weeks," Tannenbaum said.
While Tannenbaum had been talking trade parameters with Mangini and Browns general manager George Kokinis, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he had been talking to his brother, the Browns defensive coordinator, Rob.
"I knew that there were some of our defensive players that my brother would like in his scheme," Rex Ryan said. One of those players was starting right defensive end Kenyon Coleman.
"He's really a two-gap style end, which really fits with what they want," Rex Ryan said. "We really want somebody who is going to get upfield at that position." Defensive end Mike DeVito, Rex Ryan said, will fill that role for the Jets.
Tannenbaum said that he tried to work a deal to move up to the No. 2 spot with the St. Louis Rams, because he was worried that the Redskins had enough to get to No. 2 and grab Sanchez. When that didn't happen, Tannenbaum said, the Jets waited patiently for the Chiefs and the Seahawks to pick and then called Mangini to make the deal happen.
Tannenbaum said that sending Coleman, quarterback Brett Ratliff and safety Abram Elam was key.
"We didn't want to give up many picks," Tannenbaum said, "because we have other needs."
Sal Paolantonio is ESPN's bureau reporter based in Philadelphia and covering the Jets draft.