Jets wanted Chad Henne to back up Mark Sanchez

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Chad Henne told the New York Post that the Jets heavily recruited him to be Mark Sanchez's back up in the offseason.

The Jacksonville Jaguars snapped up Chad Henne in free agency during the 2012 offseason, giving him an upper tier back up quarterback contract. At the time, it seemed like a good signing for a back up plan in case then starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert flopped and/or suffered a season ending injury.

The New York Jets apparently thought this was a great idea as well, because according to Henne they went after him hard in free agency.

"Tony (Sparano) called me as soon as free agency opened," Henne told the New York Post. "Obviously Mark signed his contract before that, but they still were interested and wanted to get me in on a visit. But I had two visits already lined up, here at Jacksonville and also in Seattle, so New York kinda would've been my third opportunity."

"But it just didn't work out," Henne continued. "It was more coach Sparano and his offense feeling comfortable with me running that more than anything. Whether it worked out or not, it is what it is."

If things didn't shake out how they did, it's entirely possible the Jaguars could be facing the Henne-led Jets on Sunday at EverBank Field.

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