Forget all that Peyton Manning talk. The Jets are sticking with Mark Sanchez.
No hard feelings, either. Sanchez's ego is just fine - and so is his wallet.
After New York ''looked into'' pursuing Manning, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum announced Friday night that 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.
''I'm going to be the starting quarterback for the next few years here, and that's exciting,'' Sanchez said on a conference call. ''It gives the team just a reminder that I'm the leader of this team.''
Yep, Sanchez is still the main man for Rex Ryan's Jets, not Manning.
''To find out that I could come back for three more years means the world to me,'' Sanchez said. ''I'm absolutely pleased to be a Jet.''
Sanchez, 25, had two years remaining on the deal he signed when the Jets made him a first-round draft pick in 2009. The contract ...