The offseason starts off in a great way without the Patriots even being involved. News out of New York that the Jets re-signed Mark Sanchez to a rather pricy deal have reached us. While I'm not as down on Sanchez future as a quarterback he still isn't nearly an elite quarterback.
The extension is for $40.5 million, averaging $13.5 million per year, NFL Network Insider Jason La Canfora reported. That gives Sanchez five total years on his deal totalling $58.25 million, with $20.5 million fully guaranteed and no off-sets in 2012 and 2013.
Sanchez is still only 25 years old and may have his best football ahead of him but New York surely could have used an upgrade at the position. This extension means that players like D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis (all unquestionably among the top players at their respective position) will be past their prime when a new potential (upgrade at) quarterback is ready to take over.
Most importantly the extension means that the Jets have dropped out of pursuing Peyton Manning. I would, for competitive purposes like to see Manning outside of the AFC East and more so not on the Jets because I think Manning on the Jets might have been downright scary for us.