Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/7/12
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The New York Jets are among the teams expected to make a play for Peyton Manning.

If that happens, one former member of the team said Jets quarterback would ask the team to release him.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who completed his two-year contract with New York in January, told the NFL Network that he didn't think the arrival of Manning would sit well with Sanchez.

“I think he’d probably go in and maybe ask to be released," Tomlinson said. "Rightfully so, he would be a little mad. That’s all a part of it. At the same time, if he could grow up a little bit and try to learn from somebody like Peyton Manning, then maybe in a couple years, if they did decide to go with Manning, he could learn from that and then also be the (starter) again.”

The Jets - and Sanchez - took a step back in his third season. New York finished 8-8 and missed the postseason after reaching the AFC Championship Game in each of Sanchez's first two seasons.

Sanchez threw for 3,474 yards with a career-best 26 touchdowns and 18 interceptions this season. Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Sanchez improved last season but "not enough."

Jets coach Rex Ryan has voiced his support of Sanchez despite reports that many teammates questioned Sanchez’s work ethic and leadership.

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