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Tim Tebow 'Has Good Mechanics,' Says Jets QB Coach

Tim Tebow has good throwing mechanics? With a 47.3 percent career completion rate in two NFL seasons? Who knew?

"I think he can be very good," New York Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "I was pleasantly surprised when I saw him over an extended period of time . . . not just watching him play on film. I think he's certainly got the arm strength. He has good mechanics. They're getting better every day."

Cavanaugh was also effusive in his praise of Tebow's work ethic.

"He doesn't let a day go by when he's not focused on trying to get better at something," Cavanaugh said. "When you're in that role as a backup, you take every rep, every drill, every offseason practice or meeting to get better. . . . The playing time? Nobody knows how much it's going to be. So I don't think we worry about that."

How can any of this be good news for current starter Mark Sanchez? And how can all of this lead anywhere but to Tebow eventually becoming the Jets starting quarterback?

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Tim Tebow Vs. Mark Sanchez: Jets Starting Quarterback 'Not Threatened' By Addition

Now, that Tim Tebow is officially a part of the New York Jets organization and introduced himself to the media on Monday, the debate between Tebow and incumbent starting quarterback Mark Sanchez will rage on. Though, it seems the Jets front office is trying to push Sanchez -- both mentally and possibly physically out of his starting job -- the Jets' starting QB says, he doesn't feel threatened by the move.

"We’re adding another player and were not replacing anybody," Sanchez said during a conference call from California. "I mean, he’s here to help us and I’m confident in my abilities. I know the team feels the same way about me. They have belief in me. … I’m not worried about losing my spot."

Sanchez admitted to not watching the Tebow press conference on Monday, but instead he was throwing and working out.

When asked if he will worry about fans calling for Tebow if he struggles early in a game, Sanchez brushed off that question as well.

"That stuff happens whether you’re Tim Tebow or not," Sanchez said. "They call for the backup any time you’re not playing to your potential, so that’s just part of the job if you’re not playing well."

Meanwhile, for those fans curious as to why Sanchez wasn't asked about the trade beforehand, check this from head coach Rex Ryan:

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Tim Tebow Press Conference Transcript: 'This Is A Blessing For Me'

Opening Statement.....
How's it going? Good to see all of you. A lot of people here. It's such an honor for me to be here. I'm so excited about being a Jet. Thank you all for coming. First and foremost, I just want to thank the Broncos for my time in Denver. It was an amazing tame. I want to thank my teammates and fans for being such great teammates and such great fans. I'm looking forward to my time in New York and my time as a Jet. I'm so honored and humbled to be a Jet. I'm so thankful that they wanted me. I'm so excited about meeting my teammates. I've had the pleasure to meet quite a few already. I'm looking forward to my future as a Jet and I'm very, very excited about it. With that, I'd love to open it up for questions.

On the discrepancy between John Elway's and his account on the trade to the Jets...
Well, I guess a little bit of the story was when I woke up Wednesday morning and talked to Coach Fox, they were very gracious the whole time. Coach Fox, I specifically talked to him a lot throughout the process. So he kind of told me some of the opportunities that were out there. So I talked to him about it. The next thing I know is I got a call from Mr. Tannenbaum and Mr. Ryan and they said I was a Jet. I was really excited about it. I'm like ‘All right, I'm excited. When is the next flight out to New York?' I was excited about it. Then obviously the media circus happened and I found out a few minutes later there was a snag in the contract and I wasn't a Jet. Then it was like five hours kind of waiting. Coach Fox was keeping me updated on what was happening. Then later on in the day, they said we have a few teams that are interested, similar deals. He was very gracious to ask me what I thought. So I talked to him very honestly about it. I told him I would love to be a Jet. I told him also the Jaguars are my hometown - whatever was best for them. He said the same for me.

Ultimately, you know, they had my contract, they had all the power. But he listened to me and what I had to say. It was very gracious of them because they didn't have to do that. They could have just done whatever. But he listened to me and talked to me. I told him I would love to be a Jet. I love the coaches. I had an opportunity to be with Coach Sparano at the Senior Bowl, I've had an opportunity to know Coach Ryan several times.

I also told him I would love to be a Jaguar, that was my hometown, so that would be exciting for me and whatever was best for them. So I'm excited to be a Jet and I'm excited to be here.

On if he wants to be the starter...
I think everybody that puts on a uniform, you want to go out there and you want to play. That's why you play the game of football. I'm excited to be a Jet, to go out there and to help this team any way that I can. Whatever my role is, however I can expand that role, I'm going to try to do that. Every day in practice I'm going to go out there and compete and try to get better as a quarterback, try to figure out any ways possible to help this team any way that I can.

On how he feels that his presence on the team could create an issue...
I really don't pay too much attention to it.

I think the exciting thing is that me and Mark have a great relationship. We have had a great relationship for the last three years I think. We've been friends. We've texted back and forth. We've talked already. We're going to have a great relationship and a great working relationship. I think we'll have a lot of fun together.

On if Coach Ryan has defined his role with the team...
I have had time to spend with Coach Ryan. I think a lot of it has to do with how well it works, how it does in practice. Obviously, you're not going to put something out there if it's not executed and not running well. I think it matters how well we do, how well I can pick everything up, go out there and how well we're doing. My goal is to go out there and try to execute as well as I possibly can and improve every single day and really feel comfortable with my role and expand that role by going out there and competing and playing well. So I think it's just exciting that he's had faith in me and he believes in me as a football player and as a person to bring me here and make me a Jet. I'm excited about the opportunity.

On how Sanchez was on the phone and how well they will work together...
Well, from my conversations with him, he was excited. He was excited about working with me. I'm excited about working with him. I have a lot of respect for him as a football player, as a person. He's always handled himself with so much class and integrity. He's won a lot of games as a quarterback. I think we'll have a great working relationship. We talked about that - just supporting one another in our roles. I'm excited about that opportunity. I think we'll have a great relationship and hopefully we'll be able to thrive together.

On if he is comfortable playing a position other than quarterback...
I think, first and foremost, I'm a football player first and then a quarterback, although that is my dream, that's what I want to be. That's what I believe I am, is a quarterback. But however I can help the team, however I can make a difference, however they can use me, I'll be open to it and work as hard as I can every time I step on that field. I would give my whole heart to be the best Jet I possibly can be and help this team win football games.

On why he is so excited to be a Jet...
First and foremost, it was my relationship with the coaches. It was having football coaches that believed in you, having football coaches that saw ability in me, and having coaches that I really respected for how they coach the game, for who they were. I've always had a great relationship with Coach Ryan. (I have a) relationship with Coach Sparano. (I'm) also excited about working with Coach Cavanaugh. Also you have so much support from Mr. Johnson, from Mr. Tannenbaum. Look at these facilities. They don't get much better. There's a lot of pros here, not many cons. I'm excited about that.

On how he can make sure he does not allow his popularity become a distraction to the team...
It's an honor for all you to show up to hear me say a few words today. I really don't feel like it will be too much of a distraction because I honestly will try not to pay too much attention to it. The reason we're doing this today is because I have bosses, too, and they wanted me to stand up and talk to all of you. I can blame it on them because they made me do it, so... (Smiling).

On he thinks Sanchez will respond to the pressure of having a player so popular as his backup...
I think Mark is very secure as a football player and a person, and who he is. I don't think he's going to let outsiders affect how he goes about his preparation or how he plays. I think, you know, I'm excited about my role here, too, and my opportunity, my opportunity to compete. I think working together we'll be able to encourage one another and be stronger together than we would be apart.

On if the criticism of him as a passer is fair...
I think I'm improving every single day. I've been working very hard in L.A. with Coach Mazzone, who is a former Jets coach, working extremely hard to improve in every area of my game. I'm excited about my future and just improving as a quarterback, as a football player, understanding defenses, understanding the schemes, how we go about it, how we take advantage of defenses, reads, fundamentals, all those things. I'm excited about the opportunity. I'm excited about my future.

On his relationship with Sanchez...
When was the first time we met? I think it might have been at the ESPYs a few years ago. I know we had to do one appearance at a Super Bowl a few years ago where we were throwing to fans and other people. We had a good time with that. We had to do a question and answer at one of those Super Bowl appearances as well where we got to hang out backstage for a while and then go out and have to answer some questions.

But we've always had a great relationship every time we've been together and hung out. He's a very classy person with a lot of integrity. He's also fun to hang around. I think our quarterback room will be a lot of fun.

On how much pressure he is feeling from joining the Jets...
None actually. I don't really feel too much pressure. Just enjoying this opportunity, how exciting it is. I'm excited to be a Jet. I've got a long way to go before OTAs or training camp. (I've got to) just continue to prepare and just continue to try to improve. I'm sure there will be some pressure leading up to it. But, you know, I've always enjoyed pressure. Before every time I get up and give a speech, before every practice, before every football game I play, I always get a little bit nervous. That's something that excites me. I think that's something that I play better when I have more on the line. That's something that I've always tried to thrive on. When that feeling goes away, that will probably be the time when I stop playing football. So I'm excited about just the support that we have as a Jet, the fans, how passionate they are.

I've been very blessed in my past to have passionate fans when I was at the University of Florida. You know, Gator Nation is very powerful and it's everywhere. So that was a lot of fun. Being a Bronco, they have extremely passionate fans, which I was very blessed to have support me. Now being a Jet, it's awesome because you have so many fans that support us as Jets and they're so passionate. I realized that when we played the Jets last year and we were playing them at our home field, and they had a lot of fans there. They were cheering pretty loud. That was exciting to see. Now being a Jet, I'm looking extremely forward to our first game to see what the atmosphere is really like.

On his relationship with Coach Ryan...
Well, my relationship with him has always been great. We've continued to build a relationship throughout the last few years. Just in our conversations -- he actually has the same agent I have in Jimmy Sexton. Gosh, I'm trying to remember the first place we met. (It) might have been at a Pro Day where we met. I know we spent some time together at the Super Bowl this year. We got to have a great conversation there. I've always watched him. I got to see 'Hard Knocks', see how he coached, and that was fun. From our conversations that we've had the last few days, I think he's just excited that I'm here. I think it's a day-by-day process to see what happens and how well the Wildcat is working.

On what his role will be...
I think it's a day-by-day process, figuring out what works, how I can fit into this team and try to make this team a little bit better. And that's my goal, by being on this team, be a great teammate, hopefully a good asset, and someone that can help us try to win a few football games.

On if he feels the wild cat can still work in the NFL...
I think one misconception is people think that the Wildcat is just a direct snap to a running back and you fake it and you run power or outside zone or inside zone. I think that's a big misconception because I think when you have the ability to have 11 people touch the ball -- not 11 people, but you have five or six people that have the opportunity to touch the ball on every single play, I think it can be confusing. I think it can make defenses play slow. I think when you have a great offensive coordinator like Coach Sparano that can put together packages and plays, not necessarily have tendencies, then I think it can be effective.

On if he takes offense to the notion that this trade is a publicity stunt...
I really don't take offense to that. I don't think it's true because I think the Jets get a lot of support as it is and have a lot of great fans. I don't think it has much to do with that. I think it has more to do with just some coaches believing in me and hopefully thinking that I'm an okay football player. I'm just excited I have the opportunity to be a Jet and hopefully I can add something to this great franchise and organization.

On how he feels that he is embraced because of his faith...
Well, obviously I'm someone that is very outspoken about my faith. I've never been ashamed of it. Anytime I get the opportunity, I always thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because that is the most important thing to me. But I don't think all the attention is just because of my faith. I think sometimes it adds a little bit to it. I'm pretty sure I'm not the first athlete that has gotten on a knee and prayed. Somehow it's known as Tebowing, and I'm not sure why. It probably has a little bit to do with the hype. But, you know, I think it's not all a bad thing. If people are still somehow talking about prayer or talking about my faith, then I think that's pretty cool.

On what advice Sanchez has given him about dealing with New York...
He did say to get ready for y'all (the media) (smiling).

It's fun. We have a great relationship. He just said it would be fun working together. You spend so much time watching film in the QB room, it's so important to have people in there that you like, that you can get along with, that you can joke around with, that you can make fun of, that you can have a great time. Just as far as that goes, we'll have a great relationship. Also you'll have McElroy in there, Alabama guy, so that will be tough, but it should be okay.

On if he plans on establishing a foundation in the New Jersey area...
Absolutely. I'm looking forward to doing things here in New Jersey and in New York, figuring out a way to just try to make a difference and to try to help. My foundation is something that is extremely important to me, something that I'm very proud of. I'm so proud of the 650 orphans that we support, or the 18 Timmy's playrooms that we're building, or the hospital in the Phillipines that we're building because ultimately I know that's more important than anything I do on the football field, the ability to brighten a kid's day, the ability to make someone smile. We're put on a pedestal as a football player which makes us no more important or no more special than anybody else. You have an opportunity, I believe more than that, it's a responsibility to be a good role model, to set a good example and to make a difference in kids' lives, especially kids that are looking up to you because you play football. I can still remember when I was eight years old and Danny Wuerffel came to my church as a Florida Gators quarterback. I was probably the 120th kid in line and I waited an hour. But he signed all the autographs and waited until I got to him and I still remember how that made me feel as a little boy. I still have that autograph in my parents' house in Jacksonville, Florida, because I know how it made me feel. Sometimes we can get so busy and caught up in the hustle and bustle, forget about being a role model, setting a good example and making a difference in people's lives that are looking up to us. Ultimately I know that my biggest goal in being here and being a football player, is to set a great example, and I'm excited about this opportunity.

On how he will handle the demand of being in New York...
You know, I feel being at the University of Florida, you have a pretty big platform there. Then just being a quarterback for two years in the NFL gives you a pretty big platform. Ultimately I'm just going to be myself and just have fun with it and honestly not worry about what I can't control. It's something I learned early on at Florida is if you can't control it, don't worry about it. Honestly, I'm just going to try to be the best teammate, try to be the best football player that I can be and try to set a good example. Besides that, I'm not really going to worry about too much else.

On if he felt the Jets were a better fit for him than the Jaguars...
I can tell you this, I had a better relationship with the Jets coaches. I knew them. I know that Coach Mularkey and the coaches they have are great coaches, but I never met any of them. I haven't had an opportunity to get to know them. It would have been exciting. It would have been fun to be home. But this is exciting. I'm so proud to be a Jet. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

This is a blessing for me and it's going to be a great opportunity.

On if he has to be careful in spreading his faith in New York and in the locker room...
Well, I think first and foremost it doesn't matter what market I was in, I don't think that necessarily played a big part in it. I just want to be myself. When I'm asked about it, I won't be ashamed of saying that I serve my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. In the locker room, it's not something that I'm super outspoken about. It's just that's who I am and that's how I live. I don't try to share it with a lot of guys. I don't try to approach a lot of guys with it because I think the greatest way to share the gospel is by acting it and by them seeing who you are as a person. That's how I approach it. It's not by what I say, it's more about how I act and who I am as a person. I think it is the greatest way you can have an impact on people's lives is your integrity, character and how you go about handling yourself.

On if he learned anything about himself from this process...
That's a very good question.

You know, I think I learned a lot of things about myself. I think what also came to mind was you can't worry about what you can't control. That was something that was reemphasized. I think also something is you can't worry about sometimes how people can take something so little and make it big. As far as like Tebowing goes, I've been doing that same routine for the last seven years, since my senior year in high school. All of a sudden this last year it became a big deal that I was going to the end zone and getting on a knee before a game and praying. I'll get up and do a few jumps and sprint down the sideline. It's funny because all of a sudden it became a big story, but it's something I've done the last seven years. For me it's not about changing anything, it's not about being anyone different, it's about being who I am and who I've always been and just trying to be the same person, continuing to work hard, continuing to treat people like I want to be treated, continue to do what's right and do my best. Other than that, I really won't worry about too much else.

On if he is concerned that one of his sponsors (Jockey) placed a billboard outside of Lincoln Tunnel...
I don't think so. Hopefully they know that I have nothing to do with that. I don't think that it will really have an effect on the people in the locker room because there's not much I can do to control that (laughter).

On if he has an issue with discussing what his religious beliefs...
Not really. We are at a press conference for a football team. It's not exactly the platform to get up here and share everything you believe. I have no problems ever sharing what I believe. You know, I'm a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. That is first and foremost the most important thing in my life. For me, it's about having a relationship with Christ, and that's pretty much it. That's the basis of what I believe. It's exciting for me to get opportunities to share that. But at the same time this is a press conference for the New York Jets football team. So I feel like it's an opportunity to answer questions about my opportunity to be here as a Jet, and I'm excited about that. Anytime I get an opportunity, I'm always going to talk about Jesus Christ and what He's done in my life.

On if he feels he needs to win over the locker room...
I don't think I'm necessarily trying to win over the locker room. I'm trying to, every day in my actions, earn a little bit of respect from the guys in the locker room, by showing up, working hard, trying to be a great teammate, trying to improve on my skills, trying to make the Jets a little bit better because I'm on this team. Whether that is by on the field or being a great teammate or encouraging other guys, I just want to make this team a little bit better because I'm here and earn their respect a little bit at a time by how I work and who I am as a person.

On if his marketing partners are excited about him being in a larger market...
I guess. I haven't talked to anybody about that. It's been a little bit of a whirlwind. It was: I was traded, I wasn't traded, I was back as a Jet, then I was on a plane here. My whole time here has been meeting with the coaches, getting to know them, getting all the physicals, getting the paperwork done. That's pretty much what I've been doing. I haven't had too much time to talk to any of them. But I guess they are pretty excited, so....

On how far he thinks the Jets can go this season...
I'm blessed to be on a very good football team, a great defense, great offensive line, great skilled athletes. It was a great game when we played each other last year. I'm excited to be on a football team that's a tough football team, that's a physical football team, a football team that has won a lot of games over the last few years.

Hopefully by me being here, we can be a little bit better and I can add something to this team. That is my hope and prayer. I'm excited to be on this football team, excited to have the support that we have.

It truly is a blessing to be on this team, to be on a team that has won so many football games. When you watch the New York Jets play, you see a team that is physical, that wants to win, and that's exciting. It's always a lot of fun to be on the tough team and the physical team. I believe that's what you have when you're on the New York Jets.

On if he understands people anger about him being traded from Denver after helping the Broncos win a playoff game...
It was a special season last year, that I was able to be a part of just a little bit of, with some great teammates, some great coaches. Will have a lot of great memories a long time from last season, some of the comebacks, some of the wins, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs. That will always be part of my career and special memories. They went away that they thought was best for the organization. I'll never blame them for that. I'm excited about being a Jet, excited about the support I have here. I wish the Broncos nothing but the best. They got one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game in Peyton Manning. He's always been extremely classy and very supportive of me. I wish him nothing but the best.

There's no ill will towards the Broncos, Peyton Manning or anybody. I wish them nothing but the best. It will be a lot of fun when we get to play each other. I wish them nothing but the best. I know they're going to have a great team and win a lot of games this next season. I'll always have a lot of friends on that team. I'm always going to root for those guys 'cause we went through a lot together.

It will be exciting to watch and see how they do. But I'm worried about being a Jet and I'm excited about being a Jet. This is where I want to be.

On if he has a message for Giants fans...
Not really. I'll leave that talk to other people. I'm not qualified to get in that argument. I'm excited to be here. You have to congratulate the Giants on winning a Super Bowl and having a great team. I wish them nothing but the best as well.

On how he will deal with the locker room...
Honestly it really doesn't bother me at all. I think it's my job to come in here and try to earn guys' respect by how I work. I want them to respect me by me coming in here and working hard, proving myself in the weight room, in sprints, when we're running, on the practice field. I can't control doing this press conference. You can blame the guys upstairs. They wanted me to do that, so I have no say over that at all either. I'm just having fun with it, make the best of whatever situation I'm dealt.

I'm so honored to be here. It's such a blessing for me. I'm excited about getting to know those teammates, building a relationship. I have been able to know quite a few of them already. I'm excited about it.

It truly is an honor to be a Jet and I'm so grateful to be here.

Thank you all. God bless.

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Tim Tebow Press Conference: Tebow 'Excited' To Be Part Of New York Jets -- VIDEO

Think Tim Tebow is "excited" to be a member of the New York Jets? Tebows word "excited" or some variation 44 times during his 32-minute introductory press conference Monday afternoon.

(via BuzzFeedKevin)

Tebow seemed comfortable throughout the press conference, smiling and easily handling a wide range of questions.

Tebow said he was "honored and humbled to be a Jet."

He said he and incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez "have a great relationship" and that "I have a lot of respect for him as a football player, as a person."


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On splitting time with Sanchez: "Everybody that puts on a uniform you want to go out there and play. … "my goal is to go out there and execute as well as I possibly can."

On the fact that the Jets held a press conference for a player who is supposed to be their backup quarterback: "I have bosses, too."

On all of the attention ‘Tebowing’ has gotten: "I’ve been doing that same routine for 7 years. It’s about being who I am."

On reports that some unnamed teammates are skeptical about Tebow’s ability to help the Jets: "It’s my job to come in here and earn guys respect … "Every day in my actions I’m trying to earn a little bit of respect … I just want to make this team a little bit better."


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Tim Tebow Press Conference: Circus Is Coming To Town

The New York Jets will hold an introductory press conference for Tim Tebow on Monday, and before Tebow even steps in front of a microphone it has become obvious some of his new teammates are not welcoming the former Denver Broncos quarterback with open arms.

From the New York Post:

Several current Jets, who spoke with The Post on Saturday, asked not to be quoted but expressed disbelief at the team bringing in Tebow.

The idea of a backup quarterback having a press conference is something they can't wrap their heads around, and they know it's just the beginning.


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Former Jet and current ESPN analyst Damien Woody did not have to couch his opinion.

"How do you manage a natural disaster?" Woody said. "People say they're preparing for an earthquake. No, you're not. There's no way to prepare for it. Once it happens, it creates devastation. It's the same thing here. They talk about being prepared for it. No, you're not because you've never experienced it before. They have no idea."

Jets owner Woody Johnson today reacted angrily to the opinion that the acquisition of Tebow is a marketing ploy."Let me be really clear about this, we work for the fans and the fans want us to win games," Johnson said from the NFL owners meetings in Florida.

"So all of the decisions we make regarding the team are just for football. It's hard to predict other things. If you get confused in term of what your mission is, you're not going to accomplish your mission. And our mission is to win games pure and simple. We think that Tim Tebow has been a winner all his life."

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Tim Tebow 'Clear' On His Role With New York Jets

The New York Jets were adamant Wednesday night that Tim Tebow will be the backup quarterback to Mark Sanchez. Tebow said during a conference call that he understands his role.

"It is very clear. They want me to come in and compete and get better as a quarterback and help the team any way possible and whatever that role is, whatever that fashion is I will do my best every time I step on that field," Tebow said.


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Tebow said that despite reports that he had been given a chance to choose between a trade to the Jets or one to the Jacksonville Jaguars that was not the case.

"The Broncos had all that power," Tebow said. "It was an interesting day."

In typical Tebow fashion he said all the right things when asked about going from a starting quarterback for a playoff team to a non-starter for a team that missed the playoffs in 2011.

"I always try to put the team first. However I can help the team that’s whay matters," Tebow said. "My goal is just to find a way to hopefully make the Jets a little bit better and to hopefully be a great teammate."

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Tim Tebow Trade: A 'Colossal Embarrassment' For New York Jets?

If the New York Jets attempt to trade for Tim Tebow blows up after it had seemed like a done deal, the Jets organization will be embarrassed and they will be left with a lot of explaining to do -- both to their fan base and to incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez.

There will, however, be plenty of folks relieved that something -- divine intervention, maybe -- ended up stopping the Jets adding to the circus atmosphere that seems to surround them by bringing in Tebow.

Among them will be Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. The legendary Jet quarterback was vehement in his opposition during an appearance Wednesday on the Michael Kay Show.

"I do not agree with this situation," Namath said. "I can't agree with it. I just think it's a publicity stunt. I really think it's wrong. I can't go for it. ...

"I don't think they know what they're doing over there right now," Namath said. "They give Sanchez a new contract, they pat him on the back and then they bring in two more quarterbacks."

Over at SB Nation's Jets website, Gang Green Nation, there wouldn't be any tears shed if the trade falls through.

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal wrote that the Jets are on the verge of an "embarrassment of colossal proportions."

"The Jets risk an embarrassment of colossal proportions if their attempted trade for Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow falls apart.

"Consider that the Jets' official Twitter feed announced the trade. That tweet has yet to be deleted, which could be viewed as a sign the Jets remain optimistic. (We are not optimistic about the poor guy who operates that feed.)

"If the trade falls through, the Jets will essentially have to admit that they announced a trade before reading Tebow's contract. We know owner Woody Johnson is desperate for headlines, but that would be ridiculous."

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Tim Tebow is a New York Jet. What happens next? Nobody knows.

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New York Jets Intensify Interest In Tim Tebow, According To Reports

The New York Jets have intensified their interest in trading for Tim Tebow, two sources told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday night. The Jets began internal discussions about acquiring Tebow as soon as it was reported Monday that the Denver Broncos may be interested in trading him after signing Peyton Manning.

The Jets are in need of quarterback depth behind Mark Sanchez, but they have reasonable concerns about the potential media circus that would follow in the wake of signing Tebow. Still, he would fit nicely in the Wildcat packages that new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano found some success running with the Miami Dolphins.

The Green Bay Packers and the Jacksonville Jaguars have already been connected to Tebow, among other teams. It's unclear whether the Jets have actually contacted the Broncos regarding a possible deal. The Jets recently signed Drew Stanton to be their No. 2 quarterback, but at the moment appear willing to at least send out feelers on Tebow.

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Tim Tebow Rumors: Jets Reportedly 'Players In Tim Tebow Race', Antonio Cromartie Doesn't Know Why

The New York Jets are "players in the the Tim Tebow race", according to a report (via New York Daily News).

One current Jet, Antonio Cromartie, doesn't know why the team is bothering to go after Tebow.

Cromartie's tweet continues

Our wildcat offense can b ran by J. Kerley or Joe McKnight we straight (via Twitlonger)

Cromartie also tweeted at Daily News reporter Manish Mehta, who wrote the report,

@TheJetsStream I don't know y. We have @Mark_Sanchez and jus signed Drew. Mark has taken us to 2 AFC championship game. We need to build on the team we have now. (via Twitlonger)

Drew, is of course, Drew Stanton who was signed March 16.

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Tim Tebow Rumors: Jets Are Unlikely Landing Spot; Florida On Wish List Says Sources

Next to Los Angeles, New York is probably the greatest place for sports rumors and useless water-cooler talk, and the latest Peyton Manning to the Denver Broncos news has unleashed maybe the greatest "what if" New York spots rumor ever.


Related: Poll Shows Jets Fans Want Tebow

With former Broncos' starting quarterback, Tim Tebow, needing possibly a new place to play, there are rumors swirling that the New York Jets could be a possible destination. The intrigue led to insiders asking to the question, and sources are telling ESPNNY.com's Rich Cimini Tebow to New York is a "its a long shot".

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum has a reputation for exploring just about everything and, after all, a "long shot" doesn’t mean no shot.

However, in Tebow is hoping to return to Florida and play there, says Monica Culpepper, the wife of ex-Florida Gator teammate Brad Culpepper, who had dinner with Tebow last week.

"And in all honesty, Tim said, 'I miss home. I miss the South. And hopefully I'll land somewhere in Florida.' I sure hope Jacksonville takes him because he's such a great kid, such a good player and would be so thrilled to come back to the South."

Meanwhile, Vegas has released the betting odds on Tebow's landing spot and New York is not on the list.

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Peyton Manning Chooses Denver Broncos: Manning Tells Agent To Begin Contract Negotiations

After several visits and meetings to narrow down his long list of suitors, Peyton Manning has made a decision: the four-time MVP quarterback has told his agent, Tom Condon, to begin contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos, according to an ESPN report.

Multiple sources told ESPN that Manning will sign with the Broncos barring an unexpected hiccup in the negotiation process. With Manning committed, the Broncos will now begin to explore the trade market for Tim Tebow, ESPN reports.


Related: Yes, Manning's Choice Matters To Jets And Giants

An agreement for Manning's contract is not expected to be difficult to reach. Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway began discussing a five-year $95 million contract with Manning and his agent on March 9, during Manning's first visit to Denver.

The Broncos reportedly have few reservations about Manning's health. He took and passed a physical examination with Broncos doctors, and the Broncos were comfortable with the way Manning threw during a workout, despite his admission that he still needs work before his arm is full strength.

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Peyton Manning Rumors: Yes, His Decision Matters To New York Teams

Peyton Manning won't be a member of the New York Jets. That, however, does mean Jets -- or New York Giants -- fans should stop caring about what team the future Hall of Fame quarterback decides to play for in 2012.

Most reports seem to indicate that Manning favors either the Denver Broncos or Arizona Cardinals, although to be honest no one probably knows for sure what Manning is thinking right now.

If Manning winds up in Denver, where he would drive a stake through the heart of Tebow-mania, that would seemingly make the Jets path to -- and thru -- the 2012 playoffs more treacherous. The same could be said if he winds up wth the Miami Dolphins or Tennessee Titans, who are also interested.

If he winds up in Arizona, where Kevin Kolb-mania never really got off the ground, that is bad news for the Giants as the Cardinals are in the NFC. Arizona would be a legitimate threat with a real quarterback. Oh, and Manning to the Cardinals is an issue for the Jets, too, since Gang Green has to be play Arizona in 2012.

So, stay tuned New York football fans.

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Best Case Scenario: Jets Future With Peyton Manning

There's plenty of uncertainty around where Peyton Manning will wind up, however, the Jets are leading contenders for Manning's services. SB Nation has discovered and investigated a future timeline involving the best case case scenario for Peyton's potential future with the Jets.

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Peyton Manning News And Rumors, Friday: Justin Tuck Does Not Want Manning In Washington

The Peyton Manning Sweepstakes is in full swing with several NFL teams reportedly interested in the services of the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Where he will end up is still anyone's guess. New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck knows, however, knows one team he does not want to see Manning playing for -- the NFC East rival Washington Redskins.

"There’s gonna be a lot of teams bidding for the services of Peyton Manning. Even with the injury, I think he’s still gonna come back strong and he’s going make whichever team he goes to an instant powerhouse,’’ Tuck told The Associated Press while at Barcelona’s Global Sports Forum on Thursday. "Hopefully he doesn’t come to the NFC East where I’ll have to play him twice a year.’’


Related: Jets Give Mark Sanchez Contract Extension

The quarterback-needy Redskins have been expected to be among the primary bidders for Manning's services. However, one report indicates that Manning -- who apaprently prefers to stay in the AFC -- may have already ruled out the Redskins.

Per Redskins insider Chris Russell of ESPN 980, the four-time MVP has told the team he will not sign there.


"A couple of different sources inside the organization have told me that Manning's camp made it pretty clear to Redskins officials he doesn't want to come here," Russell said Thursday on SportsCenter.

Here are some of the other Manning stories making news on the second full day of the Manning Sweepstakes.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive La Canfora: Teams waiting on Peyton Manning workout "

Imagine a Peyton Manning pro day. It could happen.

The Manning Sweepstakes are underway, but for now the teams who are interested are largely in the dark over his medical condition. Also unclear are Manning’s intentions to eventually work out in public, thus giving teams a chance to verify that he’s completely recovered from four neck surgeries.

Several teams who are interested in Manning told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora they have contacted Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, wanting to see the quarterback throw. But they have received no feedback yet as to whether or not Manning will hold one workout for teams, hold individual workouts, or just make visits.

Donald Trump, pal of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, would love to see Peyton Manning play for ... the Miami Dolphins? - NY Daily News

Trump, in South Beach to hype his $150 million purchase of the Doral Resort, betrayed his pal Woody Johnson’s Jets when he said Thursday he "would love to see" Peyton Manning sign with the Dolphins.

"First of all (Dolphins owner) Steve Ross is a very good friend of mine," Trump bellowed before a roomful of reporters and TV cameras at the WGC Cadillac Championship, where Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy were fighting it out in the first round. "He’s a member of my club in Palm Beach and I think Peyton would be great for Miami. It would be a fantastic thing for this area."

Peyton Manning ready to play after neck surgery, experts say | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Safety isn't Manning's issue, several spine specialists said. Arm strength is.

Manning's surgically repaired neck will be able to take a hit just fine once the fusion is healed, with the bone actually stronger than others in his neck. Nerves are delicate, however, and only time will tell if they'll recover enough for the 35-year-old four-time NFL MVP to be the quarterback he once was.

"His risk really is very low," said Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr., who has worked with NHL star Sidney Crosby and whose DISC Sports & Spine Center provides medical services for the U.S. Olympic team.

"If I was a team, I'd ask, 'Did (the fusion) heal? Do you have a CAT scan that showed it healed? Is the rest of neck in pretty good shape?"' Bray asked. "If those two answers are yes, then it gets down to, 'OK, get out on the field and show me you can perform,' because it will only get better from here with time."

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Peyton Manning Rumors, Thursday: Peyton's Place In The AFC?

The Inter-Google is aflame with Peyton Manning stories. Peyton, Peyton, Peyton! It’s Peyton-sanity! Let’s look at some of what is floating around on the Manning rumor mill this Thursday afternoon.

- ESPN’s Adam Schefter says little NFL birdies from inside Manning’s camp are telling him that Peyton prefers his place to be in the AFC — although he won’t rule out the NFC. That could increase the New York Jets’ chances of landing Manning, and would also be good news for the New York Giants. The Giants, of course, will have to face Manning twice per season if he ends up with the Washington Redskins.

- Pro Football Talk wonders when — or if — Manning will throw for NFC teams. How well Manning can chuck the pigskin is, of course, the big question after three neck surgeires.

- Shutdown Corner says Manning could solve a lot of problems (cough, cough Tebow-Mania) for John Elway and the Denver Broncos

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New York Jets Free Agency 2012: Peyton Manning, Mark Sanchez On Same Team Wouldn't Work, Says Tomlinson

With a possible chance of upgrading their position at quarterback via signing free agent Peyton Manning, the New York Jets need to figure out how to deal with incumbent signal-caller Mark Sanchez. Now, the Jets are a long-shot to sign Manning but if they do, former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson says Sanchez would probably need to go.

"In my opinion, I don't know if he would handle it well," soon-to-be-free-agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson speculated regarding Sanchez's reaction to the potential acquisition of Manning during an NFL Network appearance on Wednesday.

"I think he would probably go in and maybe ask to be released because here is Mark Sanchez's gripe: 'I took you guys to two straight AFC Championship Games; yeah I didn't get it done last year, but my first and second year I took you to two AFC Championship Games. How can you turn around and just bring in another quarterback right now?'

Earlier on Monday, it was reported that the Jets have called Manning to see if he's interested in joining their franchise. Manning has said he does not know who or where he would like to go yet.

For more Jets offseason coverage stay tuned to our storystream. For more Jets coverage, visit SB Nation New York and Gang Green Nation for all the latest news and updates.

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Peyton Manning Derby: New York Jets Among Teams Inquiring

The New York Jets were reportedly among the NFL teams who reached out to free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning Tuesday. The Daily News reported that the Jets are trying to find out if Manning is interested in coming to New York to play for them.

The Jets have lots of company. Twelve teams reportedly contacted Manning’s representatives Wednesday.

“I have no idea who wants me, what team wants me, how this process works,” Manning told a group of reporters in South Florida, where he has a home and flew after the news conference. “I don’t know if it’s like college recruiting where you go take visits. I mean, this is all so new to me.”

The Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins are expected to be among the teams who will be most aggressive in their pursuit of Manning, who will be 36 next season.

— See Gang Green Nation for more discussion and analysis of the Jets

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Peyton Manning Derby: Odds Are, Jets Will Have Lots Of Competition

If the New York Jets do -- properly -- decide to go 'All In' and join the pursuit of Peyton Manning, they will have plenty of competition. Via The National Football Post, the folks at Pregame.com are giving the Jets an 8.5 percent chance of landing the future Hall of Famer. The favorite? Pregame lists the Arizona Cardinals with as having a 17.5 percent chance.

More: Methodically Breaking Down the Manning Situation

Let's look at some of the contenders, using Pregame's odds and my thoughts each potential location.

  1. Arizona Cardinals (17.5 percent) -- Yes, the Cardinals have Larry Fitzgerald. Yes, the weather is nice in Arizona. But, other than that why would Manning go to the desert? The Cardinals would love to upgrade from Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, but I don't see this one.
  2. Miami Dolphins (14.5 percent) -- The Dolphins are starting over with a new head coach (Joe Philbin) and a new offensive coordinator (Mike Sherman). The Dolphins have some weapons on offense and are likely to make a big push for Manning.
  3. Washington Redskins (11.5 percent) -- The Redskins have a big-time head coach in Mike Shanahan, an owner who loves to make a splash in Dan Snyder and are really only a quarterback shy of being a big-time contender in the NFC. New York Giants fans would hate this move, but it seems like a strong possibility.Two Manning vs. Manning showdowns in the NFC East every year? That would be fun.
  4. Jets (8.5 percent) -- New York is foolish if they don't at least try.
  5. Kansas City Chiefs (6.5 percent) -- The folks at SB Nation's Arrowhead Pride have Manning Fever. They might want Manning, and Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel might want Manning. I can't figure out any reasons why Manning would want the Chiefs, however.
  6. Seattle Seahawks (5 percent) -- SI.com reports that the Seahawks are ready to write Manning a blank check to play for them. Like Kansas City I can see why Seattle wants Peyton. I can't see why Manning would make Seattle Peyton's Place, however.
  7. Houston Texans (3.5 percent) -- Well, the Texans are really good. And they spent years trying to get past Manning and the Colts. This would require trading incumbent Matt Schaub in a go-for-broke move. They play indoors, though, and the Texans would fill the need to win now requirement Manning will be looking for. Are the Texans bold enough to roll the dice?
  8. San Francisco 49ers (3 percent) -- Yes, the 49ers just went to the NFC Championship Game. Yes, they have said over and over that Alex Smith is their guy. But, c'mon! Why wouldn't San Francisco roll the dice here? They have a great defense, and Manning would make them the immediate NFC Super Bowl favorites.
  9. Denver Broncos (2 percent) -- This would be a dramatic way to put an end to Tebow-mania. Oh, and just a little bit of an upgrade at quarterback for Denver. Do you have the guts, John Elway?
  10. Tennessee Titans (1.5 percent) -- They are on the NFP list, and Manning did play collegiately at Tennessee. This one, though, seems like a really remote possibility.

In the end, I think there are three obvious contenders -- the Jets, Dolphins and Redskins. The Texans, 49ers and Broncos all make sense to me -- I just don't know if any of those three will be willing to roll the dice here.

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Peyton Manning Rumors: Colts Will Reportedly Release QB, Could He Land With The Jets?

Peyton Manning will be released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, according to a report (via ESPN). The Colts have until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday to release the 14-year veteran quarterback.

Now that Manning, who turns 36 later this month, is going to be officially up for grabs, will the New York Jets try to sign him? Manning missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing his third neck surgery in 19 months. The four-time NFL MVP has began throwing again recently and fully intends on continuing his playing career, though opinions in the media vary as to whether Manning to the Jets makes sense.

Complicating the issue for the Jets is that quarterback Mark Sanchez is still under contract for the next two seasons. The front office has publicly said Sanchez is their guy, albeit while also saying they will look into every opportunity to get better.

For more news on the Jets, be sure to check out SB Nation New York and Gang Green Nation.

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Peyton Manning Rumors: Brian Billick -- Jets 'Make Sense' For Manning

Another day, another ‘expert’ opinion on where Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning could end up when he and the Colts inevitably part ways. Thursday, NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora said Manning to the New York Jets was not “very realistic.” Well, former NFL coach and current FOX analyst Brian Billick thinks the Jets are one of only three teams that make sense for Manning.

Billick writes:

The New York Jets make sense simply because of Rex Ryan’s willingness to do anything to win. Even with the recent hire of Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator and the thought that he would bring a toughness and focus to the run game, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan pulled an entire 180 and rented Manning for three years.

In the city of New York, where the Jets and Giants are always fighting for bragging rights, this would give Ryan the prime opportunity to steal the spotlight from the Giants after their Super Bowl championship and give Jets fans hope for near-term success.

The other teams on Billick’s short list? The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.

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Peyton Manning To Jets? NFL Network's LaCanfora Says No

If Jason LaCanfora is right, New York Jets fans might want to start warming up to the idea of Mark Sanchez and Chad Henne dueling for the team’s starting quarterback job. That is because the NFL Network’s LaCanfora reported today that Manning to the Jets is not “very realistic at all.”

“Talking to general managers and other people around the league, they don’t think Tom Condon, Peyton’s agent, will ultimately put him with the Jets. You would have the situation with him and (Eli Manning), and there’s already that rivalry there. You have the tabloid culture in New York. You have a team that slipped, the running game wasn’t there. …

“You don’t have a lot of playmakers there right now. The defense slipped. And there will be other options, probably, that make more sense for Peyton Manning. I don’t see it happening.”

Sorry, Jets fans. Looks like another season of hoping Sanchez improves, or simply settling for mediocre quarterback play.

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Jets Free Agency 2012: Peyton Manning Still A Possibility?

The New York Jets aren't going to rule out trying to acquire Colts quarterback Peyton Manning if he is available to them (via ESPN New York).

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said about Manning

"First off, Peyton is under contract with a different team so I can't talk about him specifically," Ryan said at his news conference at the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. "But with our organization, we will look at everyone. There is a list of 10 free-agent quarterbacks that I have looked at and the draft guys that I have looked at."

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said that the team will take every chance to get better despite saying numerous times that Mark Sanchez is his quarterback.

"We believe in Mark," Tannenbaum said. "I think he is going to continue being a winning NFL quarterback that has started and won a lot of games for the Jets and we are excited that he is here. But with that said, just philosophically, my general approach is when there are opportunities for the team, I have a fiduciary duty to the team to look into it. The day I got hired I meant what I said, every rock, every day. We look at every opportunity every day to get better."

For more news on the Jets, be sure to check out SB Nation New York and Gang Green Nation.

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Ron Jaworski: Peyton Manning Should Go To New York Jets

Count ESPN expert and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski among those who think the New York Jets should sign Peyton Manning if the soon-to-be former Indianapolis Colts quarterback is physically able to play.

Jaworski, recently removed from the ESPN 'Monday Night Football' broadcast booth, said the Jets are the best fit for Manning. From USA Today:

"I think it's best for Peyton to go and play on a team that can compete for a Super Bowl, a team that might be a quarterback away from elevating that team to Super Bowl status, and I think that would be a win-win situation."

And who might that would-be Super Bowl team that best fits Manning be?

"The New York Jets," opined Jaworski. "I love (Jets QB) Mark Sanchez, and there are 25 other quarterbacks in this league that I would take Peyton Manning over. (But) there's a turf war in New York. The Giants just won the Super Bowl. The Jets are fighting for every inch of space they can get in the newspaper. How do you get that inch? How do you get the headlines? You sign Peyton Manning."

I wrote weeks ago that the Jets would be foolish not to investigate bringing in Manning. If he is healthy enough to play I still feel that way. Manning, if he is close to the Manning of old, gives the Jets a better shot at that Super Bowl coach Rex Ryan wants so badly. Despite whatever the Jets organization says about Sanchez that fact alone make pursuing Manning the right move.

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SI.com Report Casts More Doubt On Future Of Peyton Manning

Troubling news has surfaced regarding Peyton Manning and his attempt to return to NFL action after missing the 2011 season with serious neck issues. SI.com's Don Banks reported Wednesday that Manning has undergone four procedures on his neck in the last two years -- not three in the last year, which is what had previously been reported.

There is also this from Banks:

... league sources say Manning's neck has potentially developed bone spurs just above the point where his latest fusion surgery took place in early September, and the Colts organization is under the belief that it is nearly inevitable Manning will at some point require further surgery, and possibly another fusion procedure, even if he does successfully return to the field in 2012.

It is widely believed that Manning will be released by the Indianapolis Colts some time before a $28 million roster bonus is due next month. The New York Jets have been considered a potential landing spot -- if Manning is ever to play again

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Peyton Manning: Will He Succeed With A New Team? History Is Against Him

Will Peyton Manning succeed with his new team? History says he won't nnjoy the same success as he did in Indianapolis.

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Peyton Manning News: Cleared To Play, But Can He Play?

Peyton Manning has been cleared to play NFL football by doctors. Apparently, there is still a question about whether or not he actually can, and the Indianapolis Colts are among those asking it.

“Having been in the NFL for more than 20 years, I know this: Being cleared to resume your career and being actually able to play are two entirely different components,” [NFL Network’s Michael] Lombardi told “Super Bowl Live.”

Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted early Friday morning: “Peyton has not passed our physical nor has he been cleared to play for The Indianapolis Colts. Team statement coming on Friday.”

So, the Peyton Watch continues.

Manning had three neck surgeries within the last year and the primary concern still appears to be whether or not nerves will regenerate enough to give him the arm strength to throw the way he needs to.

Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus from the Colts on March 8.

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Peyton Manning Cleared To Resume NFL Career -- But Who Will He Play For?

Now that Peyton Manning has officially been cleared to return to football, let’s crank up the rumor machine to full blast. It seems pretty clear that Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are headed for a divorce. Could Manning land with the New York Jets, turning New York into a two-Manning town?


Related: Complete Jets Offseason News And Rumors

The Jets have continued to insist publicly that Mark Sanchez will be their 2012 starting quarterback. Will the chance to woo Manning to the big city, though, make the Jets reconsider? You wonder if the Giants being in the Super Bowl, especially if they win it, will make the Jets more anxious to make a splashy move like bringing in Manning.

According to ESPN
, a trade of Manning by the Colts won’t happen. They will either pick up his $28 million option this March or cut him loose.

If they cut him loose the Jets, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals could be among the interested teams.

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Peyton Manning: Colts' Owner Denies Decision To Release Him

A word of caution to New York Jets fans pining for Peyton Manning to become the team's quarterback. Don't get your hopes up too much just yet -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says the future Hall of Famer "hasn't been released nor was a decision reached weeks ago."

Irsay was responding to a story by Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network that a decision by the Colts to move on without Manning had been made "weeks ago."

Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus in March, but LaCanfora reported that Manning is likely to be an ex-Colt prior to the NFL Scouting Combine.

There has been much speculation about Manning, who will be 36 next season, replacing Mark Sanchez as the Jets quarterback. Of course it remains to be seen whether or not Manning, who had three neck surgeries within the past year, will be healthy enough to resume his career.

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Curtis Martin Says Possible Acquisition Of Peyton Manning Would Be 'Great Opportunity' For Jets

While the back-and-forth drama continues in Indianapolis between quarterback Peyton Manning and Colts' owner Jim Irsay, the New York Jets organization is just sitting and waiting to see how it plays out. However, if the situation in Indy leads to Manning becoming a free agent or a trading-block piece, former Jets' running back Curtis Martin told ESPNNY.com, at his Hall of Fame finalist ceremony Saturday, he'd be very interested in signing the future Hall of Famer if he was the Jets owner.

"That’s a great opportunity," said the Hall of Fame finalist Saturday in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com. "I’m not saying anything against Mark Sanchez, but Peyton Manning … I have a lot of respect for the guy. I played against him for a number of years. I wouldn’t care who was on my team -- if Peyton Manning was available, I would go after him.

"I’m very bullish on taking that chance," said Martin. "I don’t care if he’s 38, 36, whatever, I would be interested in taking that chance. At 35, 36, I’m definitely interested.

"You’re literally talking about one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game," he continued. "Him having a year off, the type of competitor Peyton Manning is, I think he’s going to come back and surprise everyone and be even stronger -- if he can come back."

-- See all of the Jets Offseason News on our Jets' 2012 Offseason News Hub Page. For everything on the Jets, visit the SB Nation blog Gang Green Nation.

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