Michael Vick visiting the Jets, could shake up their QB situation

Michael Heiman

Should Vick become the newest member of Gang Green, things could get interesting under center.

Michael Vick is scheduled to meet with the New York Jets this weekend, according to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com.

Vick has not been on a visit with any team throughout the free agency period yet, perhaps waiting to see what the market presented him. To date, the only quarterback signing of significance has been Josh McCown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Should Vick have a good visit with New York and sign there, he will give them a very interesting option alongside second-year pro Geno Smith. Last year, Vick threw for 1,215 yards and a 54.6 completion percentage in seven games before injuring his leg and ultimately getting benched in favor of Nick Foles.

Vick, 33, is still one of the best dual-threats in the league. His problem has been durability and turnovers, two issues that have plagued him throughout his career. Vick has only played 16 games once in his 11 years.

For the Jets, they have limited options at the quarterback spot in free agency. New York wants a veteran but is looking at Jason Campbell, Rex Grossman, Josh Freeman, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Flynn and others. Vick is without question the most talented, but is he the right fit?

Vick would come in and immediately battle Smith for the starter job. Smith was better toward the end of his rookie season, but still has plenty of maturing to do before anybody calls him a franchise quarterback. After tossing 12 touchdowns against 21 interceptions, Smith would likely need to beat out Vick without a handicap in training camp.

Head coach Rex Ryan knows that his job could be on the line should New York falter next season. Vick provides the veteran presence and will give the offense another playmaker, something it desperately needs. On the other hand, Smith needs to develop if Ryan does believe he's the quarterback of the future. With steady play behind center, New York is a playoff contender in the minds of many.

General manager John Idzik has been under fire lately for his lack of movement in free agency. Signing Vick would help throw some water on that notion, although there are still holes to be addressed, such as cornerback and another wide receiver to pair with Eric Decker.

If Idzik makes Vick a Jet, that spells the end of the line for Mark Sanchez in New York. Sanchez missed all of last season with a shoulder injury suffered in the fourth quarter of a preseason game, and is scheduled to earn $9 million in 2014 before getting $12.5 million and $10.75 million in each of the following two seasons. If the Jets cut him, they are on the hook for $9.6 million in dead money over the next three years.

However, New York really does not have much of a choice. No team is going to take on that salary, and although the dead money hurts, the Jets still save over $22.5 million over the life of the deal.

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