The New York Jets have ended any prospect of Peyton Manning joining his brother in the Big Apple by agreeing to a contract extension with quarterback Mark Sanchez.
The 25-year-old has signed a three-year deal to remain with the franchise that drafted him with the fifth overall pick back in 2009.
Sanchez was named the starter in his rookie campaign and steered the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in his first two years with the franchise. However, they failed to reach the play-offs last season.
“We’re excited and encouraged about the trajectory of Mark’s career,” Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said.
The announcement ends any interest the Jets had in signing free agent Manning.
The four-time MVP was released by the Indianapolis Colts this week and has already met with officials from the Denver Broncos as the race hots up to secure his signature.
Tannenbaum acknowledged the team had investigated the possibility of trying to get Manning, who missed all of last year with a neck injury that required four operations.
“We have an obligation to look into it,” he said. “It’s not every day a guy with Peyton’s accomplishments becomes available. When other opportunities come along, we’ll look into them.”
Had Manning ended up in New York he would have been playing in the same city as his younger brother Eli, who steered the Giants to Super Bowl glory last season.