With Mark Sanchez exiting New York, another high profile quarterback is arriving.
The Jets have announced that Mike Vick has signed the team. Per a league source, it’s a one-year deal. Which means Vick will get a chance to hit the market again in 2015.
Vick, the first overall pick in the 2001 draft, spent six seasons with the Falcons before a guilty plea to federal gambling and dogfighting charges resulted in nearly two years in custody. He signed with the Eagles after his release in 2009, starting as the No. 3 man on the depth chart but seizing the starting job after the offseason trade of Donovan McNabb and an early-season concussion to Kevin Kolb.
Vick played very well in 2010, regressing in 2011 and 2012. He won the job again in 2013, after a lengthy competition with Nick Foles. Injuries and ineffectiveness, coupled with stellar play from Foles, resulted in Vick quietly surrendering the job.
In New York, Vick surely will set his sights on doing to Geno Smith what Vick did to Kolb and what Foles did to Vick. He wouldn’t be going to New York if he didn’t envision a chance to play. And Vick surely believes he’s better than Smith.
Vick very well may be. As Ross Tucker pointed out earlier this week on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, the 8-8 Jets quite likely would have been a playoff team in 2013, if Vick had been the starting quarterback.
Coach Rex Ryan’s job arguably hinges on Vick or Smith getting the team to the playoffs in 2014.