Per Adam Schefter, the New York Jets have released Mark Sanchez and signed Michael Vick. Due to the Marty Mornhinweg connection, the Jets were interested in Vick, and now have officially signed him to a one-year, $5 million contract. As a result, Sanchez has been cut.
Vick will receive the opportunity to compete for the starting job with Geno Smith. Vick will also help mentor Smith. Vick spent 2009-2012 playing for Mornhinweg with the Philadelphia Eagles, before he was fired and became the Jets offensive coordinator. Vick has received less playing time in recent years due to the emergence of Nick Foles on the Eagles.
Sanchez’s up and down career with the Jets is now over. With Vick being brought in, he is no longer needed. Sanchez helped bring the Jets to the AFC Championship Game his first two years in the league, but struggled the next two, ultimately losing the starting job and forcing the Jets to draft Geno Smith. Sanchez injured his shoulder during the preseason last year and sat out the entire season. Sanchez is due a roster bonus on March 25, so cutting him now makes sense.
I don’t like this move at all. While Vick could be a good mentor for Smith, I did not want him to be a member of the Jets. I actually wanted Sanchez to have one more chance to compete for the job as well. Who knows where Sanchez will go now, but hopefully a change of scenery will give him some success.