Yesterday the New York Jets made two moves at the quarterback position, releasing Mark Sanchez and signing Michael Vick. Neither of these moves are shocking, SAnchez’s contract situation maed it a formality that he would not be suiting up for the Jets this season and Vick had been rumored to be headed to New York for the better part of a week.
Vick signed on with Gang Green with a one year, $5 million deal. Despite being paid more than three times the salary as incumbent starter Geno Smith, I think the Jets would be wise to establish that Smith is the front runner to be their starter when the season starts, with Vick serving as a backup and mentor to the second year quarterback.
Vick has had a productive on the field career, especially in his days with the Atlanta Falcons when he was one of the elite players in the NFL, reknownied for his ability to make plays with his legs moreso than his arm.
The Jets are a team that are building for the future, having a 33 year old quarterback who has not played all 16 games in a season since 2006 does not seem like the right option going forward. The NFL has transformed into a passing league, Vick has never thrown for more than 3,303 yeards in a season. He also has had turnover issues throughout his career, throing at least 10 interceptions every year of his career in which he was the primary starter, except one. He also has fumbled 91 timesin his 128 games played. Today’s NFL puts a premium on ball security, Vick does not bring that to a team.
Vick is a viable backup, and to a player like Smith, who has the ability to get outside of the pocket, Vick may be the perfect mentor. Vick has had his off the field issues, most notably the dog fighting scandal which landed him in jail and kept him out of the league between 2007 and 2009, but the past two season he has proven that he can take a back seat to a young quarterback, doing so in Philadelphia with Nick Foles. I would like to see the Jets have Vick push Smith in the preseason, but ultimately this has to be Geno Smith’s team going forward.