Even though Michael Vick is the top free-agent quarterback on the market, things have been pretty quiet for him since free agency started last week.
That’s about to change.
Vick is planning on visiting the Jets this weekend, a source close to the situation has told NJ.com. This will be Vick’s first official visit, and could be his last if all goes well. And the pressure could be on the Jets to land a free agent, given a methodical and (basically) fruitless approach that has left fans impatient and critical of general manager John Idzik — while the Giants have been on a shopping spree.
Vick is looking for a starting job, but the Jets — while they won’t declare the quarterback situation settled — seem committed to second-year Geno Smith.
Even if Vick is not handed the starting job, he probably believes he could beat out Smith in an open competition. Although Vick ended up losing his job due to injury, he beat out Nick Foles last season, playing some of the best football of his career in the preseason. Foles, once he had the job, never surrendered it.
If Vick can play that same level of football with the Jets, it would be a major boost to an offense that desperately needs it. The potential addition of Vick, coupled with the signing of Eric Decker, could save a (so far) frustrating offseason.
Vick’s visit to the Jets (or ensuing visits elsewhere) could be bad news for the Eagles, because the team does not have a clear option at backup quarterback, although the chances of Vick returning were slim.
The Jets are expected to release quarterback Mark Sanchez, leaving a void for a veteran to push, mentor and possibly overtake Smith. Other teams interested in Vick, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, are the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders.
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