Michael Vick could soon be calling the Meadowlands home.
On Wednesday afternoon, NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks announced that the free-agent veteran quarterback would be visiting with the New York Jets:
Bringing in Vick would make a lot of sense for the Jets, who haven’t received too much production under center between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith in recent years.
From 2009 to 2012, Sanchez struggled to find consistency, only completing 55.1 percent of his passes while throwing more interceptions (69) than touchdowns (68). Meanwhile, Smith didn’t fare any better last year in a rookie season marred by turnovers, throwing for 3,046 yards, 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions on 55.8 percent passing.
Not surprisingly, the quarterback position was an area of concern for New York heading into the offseason.
“We will always look to improve every position in any manner we can and that doesn’t change going into 2014,” general manager John Idzik said during his season-ending press conference. “We’ll look at quarterbacks. Yes, we’ll look at quarterbacks.”
As the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta notes, Vick could be a perfect fit for the Jets:
Feeling among Jets brass is Michael Vick fits profile of what they want in No. 2 QB: Vet to push Geno Smith & win games if called on #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 19, 2014
Although he is set to turn 34 in June, Vick has plenty of experience and talent he could bring to the table.
For 11 seasons, the Newport News, Va., native has been one of the NFL’s most polarizing athletes. Spending time with both the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, he has compiled 21,489 passing yards, 128 touchdowns and 85 interceptions on 56.2 percent passing while adding another 5,857 yards and 36 touchdowns on the ground.
Any signing of a quarterback would also probably mean the departure of Sanchez, who is due a $2 million roster bonus on March 25.
Vick has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but he still has a dynamic skill set and would immediately be an asset in New York. Not only would he be an upgrade at the position, but he would also serve as a mentor at the position for Smith.
While it remains to be seen if this move will come to fruition, the two sides seem like a logical match considering the circumstances.
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