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Peyton Manning Trade Unlikely, Especially To Jets for Mark Sanchez

If we were talking about baseball, a blockbuster deal involving two franchise-type players would still be nearly impossible to pull off. And that is a sport where trades are aplenty and the salary cap is not a consideration. But when we’re talking about football – where trades are a mere afterthought – even one superstar player being moved is a rarity, indeed.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t play a little fantasy football, right? The recent backlash from an anonymous disgruntled Jets player criticizing quarterback Mark Sanchez and his work ethic may have been bad enough in a tabloid town such as New York, but the minute Santonio…I mean he mentioned Peyton Manning’s name as a possible replacement, the Big Apple team that missed the playoffs actually took center stage on the back page headlines for a day.

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Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News spoke to the still-unnamed player who said, “We have to bring in another quarterback who will make him (Sanchez) work hard at practice. He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.

“If you can get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning, then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez.” 

Sanchez may have taken a step back this year, as did the entire organization after two consecutive AFC Championship appearances, but their quarterback cannot be held totally responsible. He did pull a few games out in the fourth quarter and cannot be faulted for a shaky offensive line and inconsistent defense. But when you’re the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft and have the specter of Joe Namath always hovering over your shoulder, then you should expect some flak when things don’t go well. But not from one of your teammates.

Either way, a healthy Peyton Manning would be appealing to just about every team in the league besides a handful and that is attributed more to what the former NFL MVP can bring to the table rather than the inaccuracies of their current signal callers.

The 2-14 Indianapolis Colts earned the right to draft quarterback Andrew Luck first overall and will in all likelihood do just that. But there are no guarantees that Manning will be fully cleared to take snaps once training camp opens in the summer and if he is, then Luck can sit and watch from one of the best.

One hit can knock Manning out and it would behoove the Colts to have a back-up capable of coming in and, if not winning, give the fans something to cheer about. It obviously wasn’t the case with the likes of Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter behind center and even the ‘heroics’ of Dan Orlovsky late in the season will not transcend into 2012. And bringing in a young quarterback like Sanchez makes absolutely no sense for the Colts if they choose Luck. Sanchez is neither an experienced veteran or back-up.

So figure on Indy selecting Luck and keeping Manning around to eventually pass the baton, but just not right away.

In New York, former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano takes over for the much-maligned Brian Schottenheimer as offense coordinator. This move will buy Sanchez at least one more season before the boo birds really come down hard on him if his struggles continue. General manager Mike Tannenbaum is not going to give up on his prize pick from only three years ago.

Sure, it will be fun to throw potential moves like this around, but when it is all said and done, both quarterbacks will be back where they ended the season.

Photo by Bill Menzel

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