The Jets have once again made a move that may not make their team much better, but it will get them plenty of attention in the world of sports talk. On Friday, the Jets released former first-round pick Mark Sanchez, and then they announced the signing of Michael Vick mere minutes later. Vick is being brought in on a one-year deal worth only $5 million. Vick is coming off a season in which he lost his starting job to Nick Foles. Now, he is expected to compete with Geno Smith to start for the Jets.
The New York Daily News' back page isn't exactly a big fan of this news. Can't say I am either. Vick, 34 in June, is injury-prone and turnover-prone. He's moving from an offense with LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin to an offense with Chris Ivory, Eric Decker and ... well, who is the Jets' No. 2 WR right now? Assuming Vick wins his camp battle -- and at that contract price, the Jets don't have a big reason to just hand him the starting job -- his presence should help Decker, but both QBs can be very erratic. Vick is only a mid-range QB2.
Sanchez should be added as a backup somewhere. His 2013 season was wiped out due to a shoulder injury. At least we'll always have the "butt fumble."
The Jets have accomplished one of their goals of grabbing headlines by bringing in Vick. Will it help them bring in any more wins? I doubt it.