By: Randy Cruz (@cruzr83)
In a week where the Jets missed out on Darrelle Revis, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, didn't want to re-sign Antonio Cromartie and released Mark Sanchez, they finally made a move late Friday afternoon by signing former Falcons and Eagles quarterback, Mike Vick.
Vick officially signed with the Jets Friday afternoon on a 1 year, $5 million deal -- a deal that could help elevate both Vick's career and the improvement of the current young starting quarterback, Geno Smith.
Always a highlight waiting to happen, Vick has energized NFL fans for many years -- dating back to his playing days with the Atlanta Falcons. Vick spent five seasons with the Falcons, throwing for 11,505 yards, 71 TD's, 52 INT's and 21 rushing TD's.
He then went onto play three seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, backing up Donovan McNabb before becoming the eventual starter. He threw for 8,769 yards, 52 TD's and 30 INT's.
Health has been the main issue with 4-time Pro Bowler over the past several seasons, but Vick himself says he's 100 percent, "Physically I'm 100 percent. When I took my physical, the trainers told me I was one of the healthiest players to come through here in some time. My role is going to be to get in and win football games whenever my number's called, and be the best I can be and help all the quarterbacks become the best they can be."
Vick comes to a team with a starting quarterback already -- Geno Smith -- who started 16 games for the Jets last season as a rookie. Smith and Vick will be competing for roles in the offense.
Regarding who's starting and who will have majority of playing time between Smith and Vick, Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinwig addressed those points, "We are excited to acquire Michael Vick. He's a great talent who's won many games, including playoff games, in this league. He has the respect of both his teammates and opponents. He's here in a role where he’s going to compete and push Geno Smith to become the very best that he can be. Michael will be able to go in and play at a high level and a winning level if called upon."
Vick adds to the signing of former Broncos wide receiver, Eric Decker, as part of the Jets offseason moves.
It remains to be seen what other moves and signings they can pull off -- especially since their AFC East rival the Patriots -- have made quite a few splashes this offseason.