Yes, Mike Vick is indeed moving closer to making a decision. And the New York tabloids likely are already coming up with some creative back pages.
According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, Vick will visit the Jets this weekend.
The Jets’ interest in Vick has been well documented. They want a viable backup to Geno Smith, in the event the second-round pick doesn’t play well in his second NFL season.
Vick had been believed to be cool on the possibility of joining the Jets, given the presumption that Smith would be the Week One starter, with Vick playing only if Smith stumbles. The contract, if any, offered to Vick could paint a far different picture regarding the team’s view of Vick, and regarding his chances of winning the job.
It’s unknown whether Vick has other visits planned. With the Raiders apparently using their salary cap space to pursue multiple veterans who can turn the thing around quickly, it’s impossible to rule them out — if they’re willing to privately rule out using the fifth overall pick on a quarterback.
News of the impending Vick visit to the Jets comes at a time when the team is six days away from owing Mark Sanchez a $2 million roster bonus. Absent a dramatic pay reduction, he’ll be cut (and possibly traded) before then.