With all of the hype surrounding Peyton Manning this offseason, the possibility of him signing with the Jets seemed high. From all of the reports and headlines from past weeks, the Jets appeared to be a final four team for landing the best quarterback in the NFL. With the recent 3 year extension added to Mark Sanchez’s contract, the possibility of landing Peyton Manning is no more.
Although it would have been amazing to have the best quarterback in the league playing on the Jets, I am still a huge supporter of Sanchez and with the right offensive line and coaches, he could be on the path for success. Sanchez has rallied the Jets to 2 AFC Championship games while being a quarterback in the league for 3 years. This proves in the right system, Sanchez is a winner. However, last season was a different story. When the Jets decided to turn to a pass heavy offense, Sanchez began to struggle so hopefully with the addition of Tony Sparano, the Jets can go back to a run first offense.
The part of this extension that makes no sense to me is that Sanchez was given a three year extension for $40.5 million. When are quarterback has arguably his worst season, why go and give him more money. So in addition to the next 2 years on his contract and the 3 year extension, he is getting a total of $58.25 million over the next 5 years. Not to mention a $10 million escalator if he plays exceptionally well. This is a lot of money to be paying a guy who led his team to 8-8 last season. One can only hope that this turns out how Tannenbaum and Rex had hoped when constructing the deal.