Jets wanted Jaguars QB Chad Henne in free agency

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New York hoped to add Chad Henne as insurance for starter Mark Sanchez, but Henne ended up signing with Jacksonville.

The New York Jets approached quarterback Chad Henne during the offseason about signing with the team, but Henne had already scheduled a couple of visits and ended up signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was the head coach in Miami while Henne was the starter there. Sparano hoped to bring Henne to New York to back up Mark Sanchez.

"Well, Tony [Sparano] called me as soon as free agency opened,'' Henne said. "Obviously Mark [Sanchez] signed his contract before that, but they still were interested and wanted to get me in on a visit."

Henne assumed the starting role in Jacksonville in late November, replacing Blaine Gabbert. He led the Jaguars to a 24-19 win over Tennessee in his first start, but the Jags fell to Buffalo 34-18 in his second. He'll make his third start this weekend when Jacksonville takes the field against the Jets. That game is set for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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