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Let the Manning Madness Begin

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

This morning, the Indianapolis Colts released Peyton Manning. That's a strange thing to imagine, let alone type, but it's true. One of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, albeit one whose neck might be held together by baling wire and old gum, is on the open market. So you know the Jets are going to get involved. Right?

ESPN has a helpful "let's look at EVERY TEAM IN THE NFL and see if they want Peyton" feature, and they list three teams with "High" probability: Washington, Miami and Kansas City. They put the Jets at "Medium," saying, "In a perfect world, the Jets would like to add a healthy Manning. But they don't have cap room and have already invested in QB Mark Sanchez for at least one more year." Bah, stupid salary cap and stupid Mark Sanchez, getting in the way. There has to be some possibility of figuring this out, right?

Oh, cool, the Jets are gonna look into it! So there's a chance?

Sources say the Jets’ 2012 blueprint is built around Sanchez and, until recently, they hadn’t even plotted a salary-cap contingency for Manning. It would take a dramatic organizational shift to abandon Sanchez, sources said, but the Jets have been known to make impulsive decisions. (See Brett Favre, 2008.)

Ah. But they might? They can do it? Coach Rex Ryan rebuilt his coaching staff with Sanchez in mind, hiring a run-oriented offensive coordinator in Tony Sparano and retaining quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh — Sanchez’s first and only position coach in the NFL. If they somehow landed Manning, they basically have to throw the playbook into the garbage and adapt to Manning’s style.

So ... no, is what you're saying. But what are we gonna do with all these jerseys we just custom ordered?

As if it weren't difficult enough for Mark Sanchez already in 2012 ... now he has to have everyone wishing he were Peyton Manning all the time.