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Breaking: Jets Sign Michael Vick, Cut Mark Sanchez


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.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    It’s time you get off the Sanchez train. It has left the station a while ago. A new start was needed and Vick has turned his life around. He is beloved by his Eagle teammates. He knows Marty’s system. He will push Geno. Mark never had anyone to push him and that might account for his lack of development, we’ll never know. But we’ll find out about Geno. He’ll be pushed. Let’s find out now and not 4 years from now.

    • Paul Newbold

      Well we disagree on Vick. Time will tell…Hell, I hope he’s healthy and he’s once again at the top of his game! I’d love nothing more then for the Jets to get the Michael Vick of 2010! Unfortunately, this is 2014….so we’ll have to wait and see.

  • Paul Newbold

    Good Grief….. One turnover machine for another! I really don’t like this signing.

    • Frank Antonelli

      Come on do some research. Compare Sanchez and Vick from a statistical standpoint. It’s not even close! Vick’s at his best (2010 under Mornhinweg) has never been close to being matched by Sanchez, in terms of completion percentage and touchdown to interception ratio. Sanchez’s worst (2012), has never been close to being matched by Vick, particularly in touchdown to interception ratio and lost fumbles.

      • Paul Newbold

        I didn’t mean to compare the two. My point is the Jets didn’t need another QB that throws terrible interceptions! I watch a lot of Philadelphia Eagles games since I have family members that are die hard fans. The past two years have been horrendous! Injury after injury, and while he’s been on the field its been ugly! He’s been indecisive, and forcing throws all over the field! And if you think Vick is going to quietly sit back and “mentor” Smith, you’re mistaken, this guy will be whining to the press every chance he gets! This signing of Vick will turn out to be “Idzik’s Folly” much like Mr. T’s “Tebow Folly” Bring back the media circus! Good Grief I’m disgusted!!!!!!

        • Frank Antonelli

          We’ve seen Vick play at a Pro-Bowl level for Mornhinweg in 2010,
          complete 60% of his passes for him in 2010 and 2011 (59.8% if you are
          nitpicking) and hit 58.1% in 2012. He lost his job due to injury not poor play. You’re way off base if you think that he has nothing left. He’s beloved by his former teammates. He wants the starting job which is what you want to see, but when he lost it last year he was very supportive of Nick so your premise that he would be a problem child to Geno is also incorrect.

  • Paul Newbold

    Ok, they signed him. Time to move on…let him lure Jackson over from Philly…..then cut his ass! LMAO