The New York Daily News came out with an interesting report this morning. Despite leading his team to two straight AFC Championship Games this season, the Jets players have had it with Mark Sanchez's erratic play. Alot of the players believe the stereotypical "SoCal boy wonder" attitude is catching up with him.
This season Sanchez threw for over 3,400 yards and 26 TD's but wasn't able to put his team over the hump, also throwing 18 interceptions the whole season which is gruesome compared to Aaron Rodgers, one of this season's leading quarterbacks, who threw 6 picks this year:
The consensus among players who spoke to the Daily News was that, at the very least, the Jets must sign a legitimate veteran backup to push their young quarterback.
“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” said one player. “He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.”
On Dec. 28, Sanchez said that he was “light years ahead” in areas such as defensive recognition, clock management and understanding of the offensive system. Six days later, general manager Mike Tannenbaum said that Sanchez’s “rate of growth isn’t where it needs to be.”
His inconsistent play has teammates wondering if the Jets can upgrade. Several players and members of the organization were asked if the Jets should make a play for Peyton Manning if the Colts, who are expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in the draft, release him.
“Come on. That’s a no-brainer,” a Jets source said. “If you have a chance to get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning and you don’t do it, then you’re stupid. If I could get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning, then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez.”It's unknown whether the Jets would have enough cap room to get Peyton but if Sanchez were cut he would be owed at least $5 million. Right now the Jets are accountable for over $121 million and Peyton is owed a $28 million bonus, unless they do some major contract restructuring, I don't think the Jets will be able to come up with enough money to pay that bonus.
Also according to nyjetscap.com, the new CBA rules state that Peyton would have to move the date of when he gets paid his option from March 8th to a date early in 2012. Although Manning has expressed interest in doing so, the NFLPA has rejected even the idea of moving his bonus pay date early because of "complex contract language" and because it would mix up the salary cap numbers for this season and next season. Confused? Yeah me too, lol.
We'll have to wait and see what happens but it would be really cool to have two Mannings in the biggest market in the world playing the biggest sport in North America.