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Jets Have Real Interest in Peyton Manning According to Report

According to a staff report in the New York Post, the Jets “will definitely consider” signing quarterback Peyton Manning now that he’s a free agent.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has started 47 of a possible 48 games since being chosen with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, but has yet to post a passer rating above 80 over the course of a full season. With the New York Giants, led by Manning’s younger brother Eli, winning two Super Bowls over the last five seasons, the pressure is on the Jets to deliver on head coach Rex Ryan’s Super Bowl guarantees from recent seasons.

Sanchez is due $8.5 million in base salary, a $2.75 million roster bonus and $500,000 workout bonus in 2012 and has the team’s highest cap number at $14.253 million. Adding Manning would make Sanchez a very expensive backup, though a trade or release of Sanchez is possible.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the Jets, as well as the Seattle Seahawks, have done research and discussed adding Manning, who missed the 2011 season after undergoing four surgical procedures on his neck in the last two years.

The Miami Dolphins are believed to be very interested in Manning, who has a home in South Florida and had been meeting with owner Jim Irsay in Florida before returning to Indianapolis on Tuesday night.

The Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs may also have an interest in the four-time MVP.

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