Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 2/23/12

With the Combine in full swing, Thursday was a busy day on the NFL docket, as a multitude of coaches and general managers were made available to the media.

Among the bunch was Rex Ryan, who, as we all know by now, isn’t shy about letting his feelings be known.

The humbled Jets head man touched on the team’s forgettable 2011 campaign, their bevy of in-house issues, and, of course, everyone’s favorite topic these days — Peyton Manning.

And much to the delight (or chagrin) of Gang Green fanatics, Ryan didn’t do much to dispel the Peyton-to-Jets rumors, vaguely sidestepping questions when asked about the Hall of Fame-bound quarterback.

“Are you talking about my son? Or some other Peyton?” Ryan said. “First off, Peyton’s under contract to a different team so I can’t talk about him specifically. But with our organization, we will look at everybody. There’s a list of 10 free-agent quarterbacks that I’ve looked at. There’s the draft guys I’ve looked at. In my opinion, we have the best cornerback in football history — along with Deion Sanders — and we’re still looking at a million corners.

Pressed further, Ryan stated that the club will turn over every rock to find a capable signal-caller to add to the roster.

“We will do — always — what’s in the best interest of our organization,” Ryan added. “For us, that means we’re going to be prepared. We’re going to look at any possibility that out’s there, perceived or otherwise.

“We will look at all possibilities.”

Don’t be fooled, one of those possibilities absolutely includes Manning, who Ryan holds in extremely high regard. His comments were predictable coach-speak, which usually belies potential interest in a player.

Still in damage control mode, Ryan threw his support behind incumbent QB Mark Sanchez, but the fact that he had the chance to stop the Manning speculation — and didn’t — is pretty telling, and reflective of where the organization currently stands with Sanchez.

It’s highly unlikely the salary cap-strapped Jets will actually acquire Peyton, though you can bet they’ll at least inquire about him.

[Quotes via CBSSports.com]

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