Mike Tannenbaum loves to tinker.
The general manager is constantly trying to find ways to improve the Jets' roster, particularly in the offseason. So with that in mind -- coupled with the fact the Jets are coming off a disappointing 8-8 record and had some locker room turmoil -- Rex Ryan is sure Tannenbaum will be assertive as always once free agency officially kicks off March 1.
In fact, Tannenbaum is already beginning the process with the restructuring of D'Brickashaw Ferguson's contract -- a move that gives the Jets $7-plus million in much-needed salary cap relief.
"Knowing the way Mike T. is, he’s always aggressive," Ryan told the NFL Network today after he addressed reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "It might not be a splash free agent here or whatever, but we are going to look at every possibility to help our football team. Knowing that we have the nucleus to have an outstanding football team, if you can add a couple of guys here and there ..."
"It might not look that glamorous to the outside, but if you can improve your team and bring in a guy that can really help your team, then we’ll certainly look at it."
That might even include a look at Peyton Manning, though that obviously would qualify as a "glamorous" move. Manning's days are likely over in Indianapolis as he recovers from fusion neck surgery, and Ryan didn't totally dismiss the possibility the Jets may be interested in making a run at him if he becomes available.
“Peyton is under contract to a different team so I can't talk about him specifically," Ryan told reporters. "We will do what’s in the best interest of our organization. We’ll look at all the possibilities.”
Still, later on NFL Network, Ryan threw his support behind Mark Sanchez, indicating he's going to bounce back after not taking that step many thought he would in his third season.
"The great thing about Mark is I now how competitive Mark is," Ryan said. "We are a lot alike -- except for our looks and all those other types of things. But we are alike in the fact that when you challenge a competitor -- and Mark is a competitor -- that you are going to get the best he’s got. And I know the league is going to get the best I’ve got."
Asked how he can get Sanchez to play at the level the Jets want, Ryan said: "We have to really look at what we are are asking him to do, how we can do things maybe a little bit better and that's certainly what we’ll do.
"But from a physical skill set, Mark can make every throw. There's no doubt he can. He's got poise in the pocket, he’s got a pocket presence. I just think it's us looking to do what we can do to help him. But more importantly, what we can do to help our team. If that means we are going to throw it 50 times, if that's means we are going to run it 50 times, then we’ll run it 50 times."