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Despite Ryan’s denial, Manning is on Jets’ radar

Our good friend Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News took a break from rehabbing a torn ACL on Tuesday to join PFT Live to discuss the current state of the New York Jets.

Among other things, Manish believes that the Jets have an interest in Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, if/when Manning becomes available in the offseason.

This conflicts with Rex Ryan’s recent denial of interest in Manning. Then again, Ryan can’t say he’s interested in Manning, or Ryan will be facing tampering charges.

In 2008, the Jets aggressively pursued Brett Favre. Though at the time the goal in part was to sell tickets and PSLs to a soon-to-be-opening stadium, Manning’s arrival would help wash away a thick and sudden sense of dysfunction so bad that it could make Dolphins fans say, “Wow, and we thought our team was screwed up.”

It also would make the team a lot better at the quarterback position, if Peyton is healthy.