Michael Vick: Can Michael Vick be a starter in the NFL for the New York Jets?

Michael Vick is a quarterback without a team in the National Football League. Vick was a superstar in the league but after a controversial arrest and some time out of the league, teams soured on him and he eventually was replaced a year ago with Nick Foles. Foles emerged as a all pro signal caller and the Eagles let Vick go. Vick still believes that he can be a quarterback in this league and there is one team that may give him a chance, the New York Jets.

It all starts with a planned visit. The Jets are looking for an experienced quarterback to mentor and compete with Geno Smith, and they have an interest in Vick because offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg spent four seasons as his coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick would want to be the starter if he signs with the Jets which could be a problem to the current quarterback.

The Jets and Vick are a perfect match. The Jets are battling a deadline because Sanchez is due a $2 million roster bonus on March 25. If they sign Vick over the weekend, they almost certainly would release Sanchez, who has a $13.1 million cap charge. If the Jets fail to land Vick, they’d be in a tough situation. They could ask Sanchez to take a significant pay cut, although the feeling around the league is that they’d simply release the former starter. Vick has not gotten a lot of attention from other teams so this could be his best option.

Vick is trying to make up for a bad year. Vick, who turns 34 in June, played only seven games last season. He was injured and lost his job to Nick Foles. The Jets were impressed by how Vick handled the situation, and they believe he would be a nice complement to Smith, who endured an inconsistent rookie season. Smith helped the Jets to an 8-8 record, showing promise over the final four games, but the organization has yet to anoint him as the permanent starter. If there was ever a chance for Vick to start anywhere in the league, this would be the spot.

The odds for the Jets to win the Super Bowl are 74 to 1, so signing anyone at this point would most likely improve their betting odds. It has been widely reported that the jets are not willing to commit to him being a starter. That could cause a problem in the near future. No one will be running to the betting window to bet on the Jets if Vick signs, but it could make for a good reason to tune into Jets games this season.

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