The Jets will sign Michael Vick, according to media reports. They will sign him to a one-year deal, worth $5 million.
Vick spent the last five seasons with the Eagles, throwing for nearly 10,000 yards, with 57 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.
They have released Mark Sanchez.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comOK, so one at a time. Everyone knew that while the Jets were going to try and get whatever they could for Mark Sanchez, that trade market was effectively zilch. We’re sure it won’t take long for the former Jets starter to find a new team. There’s a handful of teams where he might be an immediate upgrade for a team seeking a veteran. That said … I’m glad this era of the Jets is finally over. Yes, he helped steer the team to two AFC Championships, but he was unable to elevate his game when the team needed him. Moving on.
We know that many think Vick a vile human, and they are entitled to that opinion, but from a pure football standpoint signing him is the right move for the Jets. He is well past his playmaking prime and he has proven injury prone over his entire career, but he is a much better talent than any other veteran quarterback who saw the market in the last month and the Jets aren’t in a place to get a starting QB out of the draft. The right answer this year for their situation was to find the best veteran on the market to push Geno Smith, and if he wins the job then it’s upside. For $5 million for this season that is a bargain compared to the $10 million that Matt Schaub is scheduled to make, even still after his trade today.
As far as who starts? It is undetermined. Whoever wins the job in camp will become the opening day starter, and that is as it should be. One would think that the team will want to give the job to Geno, but if Vick can demonstrate an ability to hold onto the football (not a given) then he might beat out Geno. Let the player who earns the role see the field come September and whatever happens during the course of the season, there’s at the least a backup Either way, should the backup need to see the field during the course of the season, one has to imagine he would be just as good or a better answer than Matt Schaub or Josh McCown.
Vick’s familiarity with Mornhinweg’s offense will be a help not only to his acclimation to the team, but also to Geno learning to play within that system. While Vick has made it clear he wants to be a starter still, no team was willing to offer him that shot, and so he thought the best chance for him if his starting status wasn’t going to be a given while playing on a team with talent and some level of order was the Jets … easily over a team like the Raiders where while he could walk into the starter’s job, might not have the supporting pieces he knows he needs.
More on this later tonight …