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Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:59 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 9:18 pm
Joe Namath thinks Gang Green already has their franchise quarterback: Mark Sanchez. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Jets are reportedly one of the dozen or so clubs interested in Peyton Manning. One team official told's Mike Freeman that the impression is that Manning has narrowed his list to Miami, Washington and Denver, although, ultimately, the front runner will be the team that offers the most guaranteed money.

As for the Jets, they seem like an odd fit for a couple reasons: there's the belief in the media that Peyton wouldn't want to play in the same town as brother Eli (we're not convinced but we'll include it here anyway). Then there are the locker room issues that came to a head in Week 17 and torpedoed the team's playoff chances. Or as Pete Prisco tweeted Thursday:

If Peyton Manning went to Jets, he'd be one instilling discipline since there is none.
3/8/12 12:45 AM

Prisco, it turns out, isn't alone in this opinion. Former Jets great Joe Namath feels similarly.

“The Jets have to get things together on their own turf before someone with his background would be interested in coming,” Namath told Bloomberg News in a telephone interview.

The team's official response?

“We appreciate Joe and he is entitled to share his opinions,” spokesman Bruce Speight told Bloomberg News in an e- mail.

It's worth noting that former Jets running back Curtis Martin and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski both think Manning makes a lot of since for the Jets. 

“That’s a great opportunity,” Martin said in late January in an interview with “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.” 

A month later, during a radio appearance, Jaws echoed Martin's sentiments: "I love Mark Sanchez and there are 25 other quarterbacks in this league that I would take Peyton Manning over. 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.” 

Meanwhile, Namath, the only quarterback to lead the Jets to a Super Bowl win, thinks the franchise quarterback is already on the roster.

“These guys — the Jets — thought Sanchez was a championship quarterback. Has that suddenly changed now?” Namath told Metro New York. “I haven’t heard that. Let them come out and say it. I haven’t heard that and I don’t think they should.”

A day after the season ended ingloriously in Miami, head coach Rex Ryan announced that Sanchez was his starter in 2012 -- partly because a team can't talk about acquiring other team's players, but also because we think that some part of Ryan actually wants to believe it.

“Mark’s going to be around awhile," Namath continued. "His demeanor was angry last year with all the things going on behind the scenes. His feelings were clearly hurt. I hope they work through all that because I’m rooting for him. But I don’t see Peyton coming to the Jets."

We're not yet sold on Sanchez as anything more than a system quarterback, although we suppose he could grow into the franchise player the Jets envisioned when they traded up to get I'm in 2009. For now, however, here's our question: if, as Namath points out, the Jets are too crazy for Manning, one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, what chance does Sanchez have to succeed?

via PFT

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Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2012 7:41 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Which is exactly why players should get no more than a one-year contract
That's a pretty good idea. Also the way it works in the real world (for the most part)...You do a good job, you get a raise the next year. Do a bad job, you get squat, or maybe even demoted or fired.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2012 6:57 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton


Which is exactly why players should get no more than a one-year contract.  That way nobody can "screw" anybody.  You have a great year?  You get a great contract.  You have a sh$t year?  You get a decrease or you get traded or released.  Everything nice and businesslike.  No owner promises (and by the way, Leon Washington must be a half a moron if he allowed belief in a "promise" made by management to influence his career decisions in any way) and no player whining.  I like the sound of that.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2012 3:41 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Dude, the Jets did keep their word. 
No they didn't. If I'm Revis and I see them lie to my friend, then I don't trust them as far as I can throw Wrecks Cryan. Which is not far. Whether Leon Washington was good enough or not doesn't matter. The JETS promised him one thing and then did another.    &nb
sp;   why is it then wrong for Revis to do the same thing to them? Turnabout is fair play.
This isn't friendship or family...this is business
Exactly, which is why when you have leverage, when you are a player and you are playing at your best, you turn the screws on the owner and squeeze whatever else you can out of them. 

BTW, they said they're committed to winning then they go and re-sign Sanchez? See, they lie day in and day out.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:21 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

4,757, sorry.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:20 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

4,051 yards passing        21 TDs
706 yards rushing 14 TDs

4,747    35 Tds 

Newton Stats......................  Lets see Andrew Luck accomplish this before 2015! 

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:15 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

I think the Colts should sign Manning and get all they can for Andrew Luck; who is worth the most I think he'll ever be worth (before he ever throws a professional game).  

Please take a gander over at Cam Newton's 2011 statistics as a reference point.  What he did in his rookie year, you will be hard pressed to see Luck EVER do in his career!!!  

So, once again, get Peyton some new play toys and they could have AT LEAST been contenders for their division.

THAT just happened! 

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 2:10 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton


Dude, the Jets did keep their word.  They promised in writing to pay him a certain amount for six years and they held up their end.  Revis is the one who whined and sniveled about not getting what he was due.  What he was due was the amount on the contract which had his signature on it, and he was getting that--on time and every penny.

Don't point at Leon Washington, or George Washington, or George Jefferson.  They're not the issue.  The issue is: Revis signed for 6 years (a contract he whined and cried and held out for until the Jets gave in and granted him the 6 years and the pay level he demanded) and then halfway through he said screw my word, I'm not playing 'til I get more money.  The Jets, Montweet, DID keep their word.  Their word was to pay Revis the amount he demanded and pay it on time.  This they did.  Loyalty, you say?  Now I'm really LMAO.  This isn't friendship or family...this is business.  You sign your name, you keep the deal you signed.  You don't go running to the media like a little girl, crying about how the big bad owners and GMs stole your lollipop.  You get what's on the contract.  Not all the money is guaranteed?  Why not?  Either you weren't a good enough player, you weren't a good enough negotiator, or both.  If Leon Washington had been in a strong enough bargaining position, if he was really that good a player, the Jets would have been scared to death of even taking a chance at losing him to free agency.  Well, he obviously wasn't that good, was he?


Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:35 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Here's the short answer:  A man gives his word, a man keeps his word.
Dude, teams should do the same thing. Revis was friends with Leon Washington who had a great year and wanted to begin negotiating on his new contract. The Jets kept telling him, "wait, we'll take care of you after the season".  What happens? he breaks his leg and the Jets get rid of him to Seatle for a 5th rounder. He got screwed. So if the team has no loyalty and doesn't keep their word,  why should Revis?

Why is it OK for a player to attempt to renegotiate and not for a team?
Dude, the team can just release the player and not pay any more of the non-guaranteed portion of the contact. Then if they want him back bad enough, they re-sign him to a much lesser contract. That happens a lot actually.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:16 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Wanna know where Peyton is headed? First of all, with little brother Eli already in New York there's no way Peyton signs with the Jets. Secondly, you can cross off the list any franchise that will be playing the Giants anytime over the next four years except in the Super Bowl. With that said, Peyton's choice will be an AFC team that meets the other criteria.  

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:53 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Well, at least Joe talked about the players and didn't want to kiss anyone.

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