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After acknowledging that New York “looked into” pursuing Manning, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum announced Friday night the team extended Sanchez’s contract by three years. The move ended speculation the Jets could push him aside to make way for the former Indianapolis Colts star who’s now a free agent.
“To find out that I could come back for three more years means the world to me,” Sanchez said in a conference call. “I’m absolutely pleased to be a Jet. My family’s ecstatic and now it’s time to get to work.”
The contract extension is for $40.5 million, giving him five total years for $58.25 million, with $20.5 million fully guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced financial terms, said the deal includes an additional $10 million in potential escalators. So, the maximum value of the three new years is $50.5 million, and $68.25 million over the entire deal.
“When a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback becomes available,” Tannenbaum said, “you look into it.”
Sanchez led the team to the AFC championship game as a wild card in his first two seasons, but struggled as the Jets lost their last three games in 2011 to finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Sanchez, along with former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, took heavy criticism for the team’s step back.
“If anything, that fuels me,” Sanchez said. “It gets me excited about this next year, and I think if anything, I learned more this past year than my first two years combined about how to handle adversity and the things I could’ve done better.”
But Sanchez’s poor play down the stretch led to speculation that the Jets would pursue Manning, who was released by the Colts on Wednesday. Sanchez, who said the team approached him about an extension shortly after the season ended, understood the Jets‘ interest in Manning.
“That’s part of Mr. Tannenbaum’s job, to look at every viable option,” Sanchez said. “The best part about it is they chose to stick with me. I’m going to be the starting quarterback for the next few years here. That’s exciting. It gives the team just a reminder that I’m the leader of this team.”
Sanchez had his best statistical season, throwing for a career-high 3,474 yards and 26 touchdowns while also rushing for six scores. But he was dogged by inconsistent play and subpar decision-making at times with 26 turnovers. There was also a rift between him and wide receiver Santonio Holmes _ something Sanchez said has been smoothed over.
“We’ve been in contact, really, the whole offseason,” Sanchez said, adding that he has met with Holmes. “I think a bigger deal was made out of that than needed to be, but that’s OK. … We’ve kind of laughed that off at this point now, weeks ago.”
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