Jets to sign Michael Vick, released Mark Sanchez

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.com

OK, 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.

Michael Vick

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 …




517 comments
rkymtnjet
rkymtnjet

Knowshon is the ideal RB that MM needs, that is available this offseason. Both he and Ivory have injury histories, but they are both young. Let them play off each other and take some pressure off of the passing game, Powell can be RB#3, and a rookie RB can play special teams.

GhostofBrowningNagle
GhostofBrowningNagle

can we begin the "Oh god i hope sanchez doesn't end up on the pats" talk??  ;)

rkymtnjet
rkymtnjet

This is an MM offense run at its best. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn7uTh_p2oQ (Michael Vick 6 TDs vs Redskins).


I want to see Geno take that command, hold the poise, have the awareness, and find the touch. Is it too much to ask for it to happen all in one (off)season?



jetfan13
jetfan13

How do we give up on a 27 year old after 3 years ( can't really count year 4 & 5) Good Luck MARK. Jet mamagement sure made sure they gave the 5th pick in the draft all the tools he needed to succeed! ! I guess Idzick really watched last years preseason and thought Geno was better? I only hope we cut Sanchez because he refused a pay cut !

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

I wonder what it would be like if all the fans on this site met up at a Jets's game one day. I think we'd probably get along. 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

Sometimes when I'm sick I use Vick's vapor rub. It really works. Hey, you never know...

ganggrncap
ganggrncap

Anybody follow Sanchez on Twitter or Facebook?  Has he commented on being cut?

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

If a player is wearing green and white you should support them. It's about the name on the helmet not the name on the back of the Jersey. GO JETS!!!

greggreen
greggreen

im glad i missed the rush, people are being straight up mean to each other on this one. Im not gonna ask for the guys autograph but im also not boo him for no reason. I have a pitbull and im fine with the vick signing 

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

I was watching a video on the 80's jets, people complained then, but watching that offense, that passing attack was awesome, if only they had a defense then. Or imagine that offense with the defense we have now.

lindro88
lindro88

John Idzik did for me what I could never have done for myself. He signed the most vile person possible. A guy who drowns dogs because they aren't good at fighting. Now I can take a break from the torture, no pun intended, that comes along with a Jets season. Heck of an off season.

6'5WithTheAfro6'9
6'5WithTheAfro6'9

Sadly, Vick will throw 14 INTs and the team will go 6-10.  

Buff- Win

Pats- Loss

Miami-Loss

Denver- Loss

Oakland- Win

Chicago- Loss

Detroit- Loss

Pitt- win

Buff- Loss

Miami- Win

Pats- Loss

KC- Loss

SD- Loss

GB- Loss

Min- Win

Tenn- Win

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@jetfan13  Geno WAS better in the preseason, till he got hurt. Don't know what preseason games you were watching, but I saw sanchez throw a pathetic pick 6 against a vanilla defense.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@jetfan13   There's a football career worth of years in the age differences between Geno and Vick.  Hopefully it will bring out the best in each other to the Jets' betterment.  Geno and Mark seemed to stifle each other with their co-existence.  

Mark, for those who don't remember pissed off Jets Nation too often with his first series INTs.  The Jets showed no progess in his last two years starting.

He's been a good Jet every day, durable and in character.  I wish him the best.

phily kay
phily kay

@jetfan13  cant really count years 4&5???????? last i checked he wasnt injured in year 4 and wasnt exactly showing progress in pre-season in year 5. u give guys a break for the early years of their careers, not in the years theyre supposed to be in their primes. yea he wasnt given the same weapons, but his progress in reading defences and accuracy and recognition was supposed to be enough to balance that by this point. it wasnt. its def time to move on

lindro88
lindro88

Maybe you can teleport in through the screen to Sanchez's house and wish him well.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@ganggrncap  I wish Sanchez well. I hope nobody feels bad for him. I mean the man got paid...

jjetshell
jjetshell

Totally agree. WAS a Jets fan since I was 10, and I have to say that reading the joy most Jets fans are displaying over the signing of this lowlife, mocking anyone that is disgusted with what this POS did, makes me realize the reputation of Jets fans being classless was probably truer than I thought. Those Jets fans and Vick deserve each other. Hope they enjoy another 50 years of losing football.

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

@lindro88  Thats's his personal life he went to jail and paid his dues, We talking about football and what ever Idzik can do to make the team better I am happy.


This season I will be spending it in my couch with Vick or with out him I just want to see a winning team in the field.


P.s i own 2 dogs and as long as Vick didn't kill a person or rape anyone i don't mind.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@6'5WithTheAfro6'9  Who said Vick will be starting, and even then, you act like our defense will just allow all those teams to win, next year, our defense will score points, so will our special team, 

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

@6'5WithTheAfro6'9  Thanks man, I guess I won't get my NFL ticket I saved $300, can you tell me if the Dodgers will lose tonight? So I won't be watching them at 1am? thx man.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@ganggrncap @Tequila Joe  I don't think so for some reason. You guys would all probably be best friends. Everyone has a nemesis and for some reason it's always your best friend.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@lindro88  what? I don't think we're that advanced yet. Well, maybe on your planet we are...Good luck

ganggrncap
ganggrncap

@Tequila Joe


Likewise.  It as a rollercoaster hell of a ride with Sanchez.  I will always remember the good moments, I'm still trying to forget the bad ones.


I wish Sanchez nothing but the best.

ganggrncap
ganggrncap

@lindro88


Likewise, All Mighty One...


Everyone, bow down to the All Mighty One.


If we all disagree with the All Mighty One we are all idiots!

lindro88
lindro88

I'm sure you would. You've represented yourself very well tonight.

lindro88
lindro88

I wish I could take credit for the idea, but it was ganggrncap, who thought it up

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@jaygo  but no one should know how much they like Geno yet - we haven't seen enough. This move brings competition and an option if Geno regresses. Makes perfect sense

nycgreen
nycgreen

@jaygo i cant believe you just said that lol on that note good night peace and love peace and love

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@nycgreen  I remember an article about how they had to bench Elway and how it helped him out in the end.

lindro88
lindro88

What are you his f'ing agent? Forgetting the dogs, it's a garbage signing. He's an injury prone turnover machine. John Clayton likes it! Get the parade route ready

nycgreen
nycgreen

@jaygo yeah vick is a short term fix because its seems they want to believe geno is the plan for the future , so like every other team in the nfl you want to keep a veteran around your young qb to teach him especially a veteran qb who has played in the same exact offense. Vick signed a one year contract .

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

He signed a 1 year 5 million dollar deal. That's back up money. He is NOT here to start.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@DrJonathanReefer  your'e right on, the only Reason Dalton has it good now is because of all those receivers he got, and that defense.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Brady over came Bledsoe, Rogers over came Favre, Brees had Rivers.

Most of the greats had to over come other Qbs.

the Freeman's, Sanchez, Dalton's, flacco of the world are giving it from day 1 and are mediocre.

nycgreen
nycgreen

@jaygo @nycgreen what circus besides the dog thing their is no circus when did football become so much about people feeling. Qb looking over his shoulder , its called competitive sports if you are not good enough you shouldn't be playing the position. Geno smith could be our future qb nobody knows yet because he didn't leave a solid impact last year , he left question marks. The jets go out and sign the best free agent qb available to help this team win and everybody is now crying over poor geno ruining his confidence. that argument is so dumb the best quarter back should play its that simple forget about everybody's feelings. Vick's adds experience and it also helps the rookie has somebody to talk to that's been in this offense before. Maybe instead of everybody talking about how its going to ruin geno's confidence , maybe it will make him grow into a better player and vick can help him in that process

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

The only circus has been the fans!!

It's gettin praised on espn as a good move and that's just a quick segment. This means nothing.

Clayton said "great move" multiple times.