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Jets give QB Mark Sanchez 3-year extension, drop out of Manning sweepstakes
NEW YORK (AP) ' The New York Jets have extended quarterback Mark Sanchez's contract by three years and dropped out of pursuing free agent Peyton Manning.
The team announced the extension for Sanchez in a conference call Friday night, and general manager Mike Tannenbaum says the Jets "looked at" going after Manning before deciding to stick with Sanchez.
Sanchez had two years remaining on the deal he signed when the Jets made him a first-round draft pick in 2009,
Sanchez led the team to the AFC championship game as a wild card in his first two seasons, but struggled as the Jets lost their last three games in 2011 to finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs.
That led to speculation they would pursue Manning, who was released by the Colts on Wednesday.
New York is in the market for a backup quarterback after Mark Brunell served in that role for two seasons. But Sanchez remains the man, as coach Rex Ryan has insisted he would be.