New York Jets Start Off-Season Strong: Extend Mark Sanchez

The New York Jets have extended quarterback Mark Sanchez’s contract and ended their pursuit of Peyton Manning

The New York Jets made the right decision tonight. It had become clear, very early that Peyton Manning wasn’t coming here unless he did a complete 180 so the Jets assertively supported their current quarterback, the one who they invested their future in three short years ago, by extending his contract and guaranteeing his money the next two years.

The official numbers are a three year contract extension with 20.5 million guaranteed over the next two years and a total of 58.25 million over the first five years of his initial contract.

This is Mike Tannenbaum realizing early when he isn’t going to get his big name, which is what he didn’t do last year with Nnamdi Asomugha and then going all in on the player he went all in on three years ago.

This was the right move from the beginning, even before it became clear that Peyton Manning was never coming here. You don’t throw away the identity you have been building after three years that netted a 28-20 regular season record and four playoff wins. You build around your guy, who now clearly has the confidence that his organization has his back. The restructuring of Sanchez’s deal makes the Jets serious players in the free agent and trade market.

After the Jets lock down Sione Pouha in the next day or two, expect an aggressive upcoming month from Mike Tannenbaum, where he turns every rock to find a new starting right tackle, a new starting wide receiver opposite Santonio Holmes, a pass rushing linebacker, and a safety.

The Jets are all in on Mark Sanchez and it is going to help them have a successful off-season addressing the other holes on their roster.

If you have followed this site, we have always been Pro-Sanchez…let’s hope the kid proves us right in the next couple of years.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports