The future of quarterback Peyton Manning is up in the air right now. But if former Jets' running back Curtis Martin had his say, there wouldn't even be a question that Manning would join the the New York Jets roster.
What about Mark Sanchez though? Isn't he supposed to be the Jets' franchise quarterback?
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, there's a short list of quarterbacks Martin would stick with, but Sanchez is not on that list:
“That’s a great opportunity,” said the Hall of Fame finalist Saturday in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com. “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.”
Martin amended that, saying he’d pass on Manning if he had Tom Brady, Drew Brees orAaron Rodgers as his quarterback. Aside from those three, he’d be willing to gamble on Manning, 36, who is recovering from his third neck surgery.
So, there ya have it folks. In a world according to Curtis Martin, Manning would be donning the green and white of the Jets. As for Sanchez, well, who knows what would happen to him.
Perhaps he would be the backup and wait for Manning to officially retire, or perhaps the Jets would try to trade him away and start over again in the draft.
Either way, if the former Jets' running back had his way, Manning would be in and Sanchez would be out.
This has to be a telling sign of things to come, right? I mean, if Curtis Martin wants to do this I can only imagine that the likelihood of this happening are high.
Please note the sarcasm.
What does this mean for Sanchez, Manning and the Jets?
It is worth noting that Martin is a legendary Jet and he does want to own an NFL franchise one day according to Cimini's report, but frankly that doesn't mean anything.
Right now the ball is firmly in the court of the Indianapolis Colts, who must decide whether or not they will release Manning. The likelihood of that is great, considering the apparent feud between Manning and Colts' owner Jim Irsay, and the likely arrival of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft.
All signs are pointing to a go, but until that happens we have nothing but speculation and talk.
I respect Martin as a player and he undoubtedly has strong ties to the Jets organization, but his opinion on this matter is invalid.
Consider the fact that if and when Manning does get released, the Jets won't be the only suitor trying to bring him in for a year or two in hopes of a magical title run. There's a lot of teams out there that would love to have Manning on their roster, according to Mark J. Miller of Yahoo! Sports.
This is an interesting story worth noting, and it will stir up the pot just a little bit more, but if you're counting on the thoughts of Curtis Martin in this situation, I wouldn't suggest holding your breath waiting for Manning.