NFL Trade Rumors: Why Peyton Manning to New York Jets Makes Perfect Sense

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIJanuary 4, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22:  Peyton Manning  #18 of the Indianapolis Colts gives instructions to his teammates during the NFL against  the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Rex Ryan has openly denied interest in Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, but now reports have surfaced that some believe the New York Jets actually have the four-time MVP on their radar.

This offseason may be one of major changes in both Indianapolis and New York. The Colts may decide to release Manning, and if they do the Jets could certainly be a potential destination. Given how awful the Jets' locker room was, and how shaky quarterback Mark Sanchez has been, a steadying influence like Manning could really help turn things around.

I'm not sure how much Manning would cost, since it doesn't look like anyone will actually trade for him and take on his ridiculous contract. But if the Jets could somehow make it work, adding the 11-time Pro Bowler would immediately change the character and soul of the franchise.

You want someone who could get everyone in line and take control of the madhouse that is New York's locker room? Manning is your guy. Very few players around the league are as dedicated to football excellence and as respected as he is.

I'm not sure what such a move would mean to Sanchez's future. The Jets have a lot of money tied up in the 25-year-old, and while he certainly has the tools to become an elite quarterback, he has never developed into the consistent force New York has expected him to become.

If the Colts do part ways with Manning and decide to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft, the Jets should at least examine the possibility of bringing him east. It could be a very good fit as long as the financial situation can work out for both parties.