Impending Free Agent QB Michael Vick Keeps Door Open for New York Jets in 2014 Season
This past week saw much focus on Super Bowl press conferences in preparation for the big showdown. Despite focus being on Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and Russell Wilson’s Seattle Seahawks, other movement continues around the NFL.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick presumably will enter free agency and was asked about one possible destination in particular. Being that this year’s Super Bowl takes place in the New York/New Jersey area, possible interest in Vick joining the city’s AFC representative New York Jets was gauged. Vick simply responded: “I don’t know, who knows?” He went on to state a desire to start Week 1 of next season. Last year the former No. 1 overall Draft pick appeared in seven games while registering five touchdowns and three interceptions. Durability has been an issue his entire career as Vick only once started all 16 contests in one season. Once perhaps the most dynamic quarterback as far as speed, Vick may have lost a step but remains very mobile. Whether Gang Green would be interested in his services also presents an interesting question. Geno Smith looked uneven at times but finished strong with four touchdowns and two interceptions in their last four games. Jets general manager John Idzik declined to name Smith starter entering 2014, but he added that they would look into other available quarterbacks.
Now a tough decision must be made. Competition is important, because you don’t want complacency. Personally, I feel Vick, who has experience working with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, would be a welcomed addition. The issue is he doesn’t want to sit on the bench, and doing so with Smith could shake his confidence. Again, I feel the Jets should at least pursue him and could always go back to Smith if Vick gets hurt or flounders. Veteran presence for their young signal-caller would likely do wonders down the road. Vick may decide another team gives him the better chance to start, but there is no harm in making a phone call.