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Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the media on Monday that he would have tried to lure Vikings QB Brett Favre back to the team had it not drafted QB Mark Sanchez in 2009.

Favre spent one year with the Jets after being traded from the Packers in 2008. He retired prior to the draft the following year but changed his mind and joined the Vikings as a free agent.

"There would have been some major recruiting done," Ryan told New York-area media on Monday. "I can say that absolutely. And maybe no one knows it or whatever, but I can promise you that's how I was feeling."

Favre played the '08 season for then-coach Eric Mangini. The Jets started 8-3 but failed to make the playoffs, which cost Mangini his job. The team hired Ryan, who said he still had his eye on Favre despite the poor finish.

"You look at the body of work, he was impressive," Ryan said. "He led the team to nine wins and one game out of the playoffs. He looked like Brett Favre to me."

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