Jets Rex Ryan gives interesting comments on Peyton Manning?

By Marc A. Greenberg

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan likes quarterback Mark Sanchez.

He likes Sanchez so much, he swears he will stick by the third year QB.

But what about Peyton Manning?

With Indianapolis likely to get Andrew Luck in this year’s NFL Draft, the prospect of paying Manning a ton of money next season doesn’t seem likely.

So would Rexy jump the Sanchez Ship for Manning?

“There’s no way that we’re looking to replace Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said on ESPN radio on Monday. “There’s no doubt… If they were both out there and you were starting a draft, I would take…. Would you take Peyton Manning? Yeah, I’d take Peyton Manning over anybody. I’m not saying that….. I’m not telling that lie. Of course, I would take him. But right now, when you’re looking at our football team and our franchise, obviously we feel great about our quarterback situation. Is he going to get better, he absolutely is. Is he perfect? Not by any stretch of the imagination right now. …. But we think he has the ability to be special.”

“Peyton Manning…. I’ve said from Day One that I think he’s the best quarterback in the National Football League,” Ryan added. “I even put him over Tom Brady.  So, of course, I recognize that Peyton Manning is an unbelievable quarterback. Do I think it’s even a consideration for us? No, I don’t.”

Interesting words there.  He would take Manning but doesn’t think it’s an option at this point.  Things could certainly change next year.