The Michael Vick era in Philadelphia has officially ended.
Per the team’s official website, he has agreed to a deal with the New York Jets. This reunites the 33-year-old with his former offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Vick will likely be given every opportunity to compete for the starting job in 2014; after all, the Jets weren't wowed by rookie Geno Smith last year. He threw just 12 touchdowns to 21 interceptions, and despite a strong stretch of play in December, there's reason to believe Vick will start at some point for the '14 Jets. Rex Ryan needs to win now to save his job, and he's got a better chance of doing so with Vick than Smith.
Vick has never stayed healthy for 16 games except for 2006, and his injury history as an Eagle suggests he may be good for 10-12 games with the Jets. Philly fans won't miss seeing him on the ground with what may or may not be another injury, and he wasn't going to take time from Nick Foles anyway.
But Eagles fans won't forget an up-and-down ride with Vick over the last five years. He entered as a humbled man looking to contribute in any way possible. He peaked as an MVP candidate, spiraled downward as a turnover machine in the "Dream Team" debacle and fought his way through a handful of quarterback controversies (first Kevin Kolb, then Nick Foles).
He eventually gave way to Foles midway through '13, despite Vick being what many thought was the ideal Chip Kelly quarterback.
Recapping Vick's tenure with the Eagles is an interesting roller coaster. When he was good, he was a league MVP candidate. When he was bad, he couldn't beat the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday Night Football.
For one last time, here's a glimpse at the best and the worst of five years of Vick in Philadelphia.