[Michael] 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.Vick is regarded as one of the top remaining quarterbacks on the market and the Jets are looking for someone to back up Geno Smith. As we previously wrote, Vick was open to the idea of signing for the Jets but would have preferred a starting gig.
The 33-year-old is a four-time pro bowler who has started 42 games in five years for the Eagles since his release from jail in 2009. He started six games in 2013 and posted a quarterback rating of 86.5.
The interesting thing here is the timing. Mark Sanchez's roster bonus is due on Tuesday, so the Jets will have to make a decision on him before then. (On that subject, a New York Post article this morning discussed the pros and cons of releasing or retaining Sanchez).
Vick would provide a viable backup option assuming he still has something left in the tank and has played for Marty Mornhinweg before, so should be comfortable with the offensive system. However, when we polled Jets fans last year, there was a strong resistance to having him on the team.
Well ... it's something. The Jets are being assailed by many questions about their approach on free agency and while adding Vick might add depth and competition to a quarterback situation in need of it, it will be very interesting to see how this will be perceived in the light of the criticism the team has received in recent days.