In one fell swoop, the New York Jets released quarterback Mark Sanchez, and also signed longtime veteran Michael Vick. Per Adam Schefter the Jets inked him to a one year deal worth five million dollars.
And with that signing, we as fans can look forward to another year of quarterback controversy. Right off the bat, both Smith and Vick wear the number 7. One would think Smith would have rights to that, but who knows. In the past we’ve seen players trying to buy their number back for thousands of dollars.
But that should be the least of Smiths worries. Smith struggled mightily at time last year, even though there appeared to be some improvement towards the end of the year. Smith still has a lot of room to improve, if he wants to be the signal caller in New York for years to come. Those fans can be rough.
As of now Smith has not been named the starter for the upcoming season, leaving one to believe that Vick has a legit shot to go in there and at least “fight” for a starting option. Something Vick has made adamant during free agency. And even though Rex Ryan is quoted as saying:
“Make no mistake about it, Geno Smith is going to be hard to beat out, no matter who we add.”
Vick could very easily be the starter opening day, unless the Jets see that Smith has made leaps and bounds over the offseason.
Vick is also reuniting with coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who helped coach him from 2009-2012, while Vick was still with the Eagles. One would think that this played a large part in the Jets bringing him in.
The Jets are also one of the few teams interested in trading for Desean Jackson a former teammate and one of Vicks favorite targets, coincidence? Probably not.
Even if the 33 year old Vick, doesn’t happen to take the starting job from Smith, it still gives the Jets something that they did not have last year….a backup. Though Vick has only played 16 games one time in his career and that was early on, when he was still playing with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Jets still need to bring in more weapons for whoever is taking the snaps from center, but this most definitely helps.
Written By Trent Davis
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