Rex: Jets would have no interest in Manning

Despite the struggles of Mark Sanchez, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan backs his quarterback - even to the point of saying the Jets would not have any interest in Peyton Manning should the injured Indianapolis Colts star become available.

"I've said from Day One I thought he was the best quarterback in the National Football League, I even put him over Tom Brady, so of course I recognize Peyton Manning is an unbelievable quarterback," Ryan said during the ESPN 1050 interview. "But do I think it's even a consideration for us? No, I don't."

Manning has missed the entire 2011 season, recovering from his third neck surgery in the past 19 months, but is hopeful of coming back next year. The Colts, who are on track to have the first pick and take Andrew Luck of Stanford, might part ways with Manning, who is due a $28 million roster bonus in March.

Joining his brother Eli in New York had been rumored as a possibility for Peyton, but Ryan said that is not under consideration, despite Sanchez's inconistencies, which have helped put the Jets all but out of playoff contention this year.

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