New York Jets Should Target Michael Vick if Available
Saturday night ended the Philadelphia Eagles‘ season. It also may have been the last time quarterback Michael Vick appears with this team. He has been relegated to backup duty since suffering various injuries earlier this season. Nick Foles took off when given a chance in head coach Chip Kelley’s system despite not having tremendous athleticism.
Vick recently said he would be willing to return as a backup. There should be some suitors that could use him as starter.
One franchise where Vick potently could land next year is the New York Jets. Geno Smith endured an up-and-down roller coaster season. GM John Idzik has mentioned that all options for each position will be explored. He even mentioned that the team plans on evaluating the much-hyped upcoming draft class. Adding a veteran presence could help the Jets, who are not too far from a return to playoff contention.
Vick may be seen as risky even in free agency. He will be 34-years old at the start of next season. Given his run-first style, it is fair to worry about durability. In fact, he has only appeared in all 16 games during one season. In 2013, Vick struggled to get through seven contests.
Gang Green is smart not to simply anoint Smith as starter heading into 2014. Bringing in Vick may not solve every issue, but he can still be effective. Head coach Rex Ryan still needs to win despite his recent one-year extension.
A 2013 QB rating of 86.4 is an upgrade over what the Jets have gotten in recent years. Again, Smith should be put in an open battle for the starting job. Even if Vick wins, the younger player could get his job back. Bringing in Vick along with a mid-round selection could push Smith to be the best QB possible.