For the better part of the NFL’s brief free agency period, there has been very little noise surrounding now free agent quarterback Michael Vick. Potential locations, such as Minnesota or Tampa Bay, for the former Eagles starter have filled vacancies with other options and Vick has made very little noise in the media pining for more attention on the open market. Friday afternoon, Vick’s name resurfaced as a potential fit with his former offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg in New York. The Jets have had a forgettable offseason to say the least and are running low on options to stabilize their roster. With Geno Smith coming off a 21-interception rookie season, many feel that the team would prefer to bring in a more seasoned option to provide competition for the second year pro and possibly start if Smith’s struggles continue. Considering his previous relationship with the offensive coordinator and the limited options elsewhere, Vick appears to be a possible fit with the Gang Green.
Jets clear preference is for Geno Smith to be Wk 1 starter. Vick would provide camp competition & insurance if Geno struggles/injured #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 19, 2014
Vick entered the offseason adamant that he wanted to go to a location that gave him the best chance at starting. With options dwindling and OTAs and offseason workouts baring down on the 33-year old quarterback, Vick apparently is coming off his prior requests and sees a shot with the Jets as a potential best option.
After nosing around on Mike Vick, I sense a subtle shift. Some teams passed cuz Mike wanted to start. Now he’s looking more at total picture
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 19, 2014
ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini penned an article breaking down what bringing Vick to New York would mean as far as the current framework of the team. Recently re-signed offensive tackle Willie Colon provided insight on a conference call on how Vick’s presence would impact the locker room.
“Vick speaks for itself. His resume in itself is amazing, He is an outstanding athlete and what he can bring to the table in coach Mornhinweg’s offense (is impressive). Obviously, they have that rapport, they have that relationship that was established in Philadelphia. It’s all arrows up when it comes to that situation. Competition helps everybody. Bottom line, anytime you have two guys competing for the same spot, all it does is heighten the team’s effort. It will play out how it is going to play out.”
One has to wonder if Vick will be more receptive to a quarterback competition after resisting the one put forth by Chip Kelly last season. At this point in free agency, considering what the market has looked like for the aging veteran, he may not have much of a choice.