Michael Vick Signs With the Jets

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The possibility of Michael Vick backing up Nick Foles next season no longer exists.

The veteran quarterback signed a one-year deal with the Jets today, the team announced. The deal is worth $5 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.


Vick will presumably compete with second-year player Geno Smith for the starting job. He released the following statement:

"It is an honor to be a member of the New York Jets. The organization is strong and I look forward to an exciting football season. In the coming days I will express my gratitude for the city of Philadelphia. For now, I am humbled to play the game I love as an NFL quarterback."

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie also released a statement:

"I want to personally wish Michael Vick and his family all the best as he heads into the next phase of his career in New York. I really enjoyed getting to know him over the last five years. He always represented our team with a tremendous amount of class. Michael was a great teammate, a great leader and we’re thankful for everything he provided to our organization and to our community."

The Eagles surprisingly signed Vick back in the summer of 2009 after he was released from prison. He served as a third-stringer in his first season before taking over for Kevin Kolb during the 2010 campaign. Vick completed a career-high 62.6 percent of his passes that season, tossing 21 touchdowns against six interceptions. He also ran for 676 yards and nine touchdowns as the Eagles made the playoffs, losing to the Packers in the wild-card round.

In 2011 and 2012, Vick struggled with turnovers, throwing 24 interceptions in 23 games. He also fumbled 21 times during that span. Vick missed time because of injuries in all four of his seasons with the Eagles.

Last summer, under Chip Kelly, he won the starting job in training camp, but suffered an injury in October against the Giants, and Nick Foles took over. Vick served as a backup the rest of the way. He was well-liked and well-respected by his teammates and coaches throughout his time in Philadelphia. Vick has not had any off-the-field issues since being released from prison.

The Eagles now have to decide what to do about their backup quarterback situation. They could give Matt Barkley a chance to win the job, sign a veteran or draft someone in May.

When it comes to Vick's highlights with the Eagles, two games come to mind. One is the comeback against the Giants back in 2010. And the other is the 6-TD performance on Monday night against the Redskins. Highlights of that game are embedded below.

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  • Matt Broad

    Vick did the impossible during his tenure with the Eagles. He made me like and respect Michael Vick. Yes, he only played at an elite level for like 10 weeks in the 2010 season, fumbled WAAAAAY too much and could never stay on the field, but his emergence as a respected, important leader (as well as inner-city activist) was an amazing thing to behold. Of course he’ll never have the stain of the dogfighting ring he funded off his record. Nor should it be. But the hypocrisy of the public, who pound buffalo wings and burgers at bars while screaming about a “dog killer,” without any context about the realities of life in poverty, has grown stale. I’ve been comparing Vick to Cutty from the Wire for the last few years. I guess he’s in his Walking Dead era now. Good luck, 7.

    • botto

      well said.

    • PaoliBulldog

      Redemption is subjective but if any athlete has brought himself back from the abyss, it’s Vick. O.J. got a mulligan and f%#ked it up. Vick grew up before our eyes. Wish he could have finished his evolution in Philadelphia.

    • Amar (India)

      Very well put.

    • Poncho

      Eating domesticated animals is not the same as what he did, neither is hunting for that matter. Not sure why that’s hard to understand. Agree with everything else

      • atlvickfan

        Most domesticated meat animals are treated worse during their lifetimes than Vick’s dogs were. Don’t have to look too hard on Youtube for proof.

        • hokieduck

          And that should be criminal, as well. Nonetheless, electrocuting dogs to death because they do not want to fight to the death… inconceivably cruel. These are DOGS.

          That said, I am not one for not allowing second chances and Michael Vick has done well with his. I wish him luck in NY.

    • Maggie

      Then there are the “protestors” foaming at the mouth, marching in the streets, yet never mention one word about the nightly drive-by shootings, where human beings are murdered.

    • addicted2mula

      He will not be #7 next year

  • Kev_H

    This sets things up beautifully for the Eagles if they are trying to trade Jackson. It would seem like the Jets are a natural landing spot but their enemies up in Foxboro could outbid them or drive up the price

    • Jerry Pomroy

      If they trade DJax, one could only hope that Billy B helps out his friend Chip & drives up the price.

  • Stuart Philp

    Good for Mike, I hope it works out there. His familiarity with Marty will be good for both of them.

  • Johnny Domino

    Vaya con Dios Mike, maybe you’ll have a talented yet petulant receiver to throw to soon, if Howie can fleece your new squad.

    • Maggie

      Snicker. For some reason your comment reminded me of the “Dark and Stormy Night” contest. Or perhaps your use of “talented yet petulant”.

  • Andy

    I remember watching that Monday night dismantling of the Redskins the same day they extended McNabb and just shaking my head in disbelief. It was and is the single most dominating win I’ve seen for the Eagles. Vick was a great teammate and a true warrior, willing to play through injuries and leave it all on the field for the Eagles. I wish him well.

    • Bert’s Bells

      “Warrior”…uh, no.

      • borntosuffer

        He was a warrior in the football sense, no doubt – to his physical detriment. I never questioned his effort or his value as a teammate. I found it easy to root for him and most certainly wish him the best.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Disappointed that Eagles didn’t offer 2/$7MM to keep him as backup. Barkley does not look ready to slide to #2 slot. Who is the third QB now – Kinney, Tarvaris, Freeman? Sheesh.

    • Maggie

      The kid from Wyoming. Brett Smith. And if Barkley is really the disappointment that so many believe him to be, smith could be second.

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    It should be interesting. If he’s way better than Geno in training camp you can’t look the guys in the eye and tell them he’s backing up the kid. If you start him you’re crossing your fingers the whole time wondering if he can possibly hold up.

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      Vick’s injury history almost guarantees Geno would still start at some point in the year. With that said if the Jets believe Geno is their guy than this move makes no sense. Way to shake the kids confidence.

      • borntosuffer

        You expect the Jets to handle QB correctly? They just don’t do that. Geno is going to have to grow quickly or the team will demand Vick play because he is better. Could be a mess in a hurry.

        • Maggie

          A lot of people thought similar things last year about Vick and Foles. Yet all reports from inside the team indicated that Vick was a great help to Foles.

          • borntosuffer

            Oh, I think Vick will help Geno – no doubt. He’s a great teammate. But, Vick is going to be much better than Geno. That will be the problem.

          • Maggie

            Perhaps. But Geno has a year under his belt and hopefully he is working out with some QB teacher in the off season. It would help him if he had a couple more “weapons” to throw to. There are always few Int’s that are on the receiver more than the QB.

          • Poncho

            I think those days are over he wants to start. Only a few yrs left for him. Geno is done already, with a big learning curve ahead this won’t help

        • EaglefaninAZ

          Spot on. It was my understanding that quarterbacks go to the Jets to die miserable deaths.

      • Kev_H

        Geno should be fine. If anything my understanding is he has too much confidence. Vick is an old, injury prone guy on a one year deal. That should be a more positive commitment to Smith than having a young Sanchez on a big bucks contract lurking on the bench.

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          Definitely doesn’t translate to a positive commitment to Smith. Don’t see how you see that. The one year deal is telling. If he were signed strictly as a backup then the deal would be more 2-3 years at 2-4 mil a year. 5 mil ain’t guaranteed starter money, but it’s not guaranteed hold the clipboard money either.

        • #7

          Don’t be surprised to be proven wrong

      • #7

        Geno sucks. Period. Vick will start. Needs some luck in regards to health.

  • Token

    Thank god that door is closed.

    • IAteLunchToday

      Every time I read something you post I think of you being a little fourth grader with a T on his t-shirt living in Colorado…

      • Justin

        When I read this, I was like “Ha, like that South Park charac….Oh.” In my defense, it’s currently 5:30 am.

    • Poncho

      Amen, dreaded it the day they signed him. Turned out the exact thing I worried would happen, happened. He would start for 2, 3 seasons and delay a rebuild. That being said not sure how much it matters. Who knows what others may have done instead of him. Gotta love peoples assumptions for disliking a qb for his play.

      • Kev_H

        I agree. It turned out to be the hopeless, empty void I feared when they put him in. All’s well that ends well because in hindsight I think the void was inevitable and the now and future look brilliant. And he did seem to get it together as a man a little bit after that first sketchy off-season when his mom was ready to disown him.

        • #7

          As you were cheering your heart out lol. What a fraud

    • #7

      Now we don’t have to hear your bi%@# ass crying anymore. Thank God for that

  • PhillySean

    CBS sports has posted Vick’s farewell letter to Philadelphia.

  • atlvickfan

    Bye y’all.

    • Richard Colton

      scumbag. men cheer for teams.

      • #7

        Quit hating on dude. It’s a free country

  • woody7236

    Vick accomplished 1 thing in his 4 seasons with the Eagles, he got Andy Reid fired. And for that I am thankful. Thank you Michael!

  • Dilwala_G

    I hope he has a pro bowl season for the jets and gets his last big contract. All the best

    • Jane Yavis

      Nice way to put it.

      • Dilwala_G

        Thanks

    • #7

      Wish more people were like you and not filled with hate like Token

  • #7

    Good luck to you MV7! Most fun I’ve ever had watching football when you were on top of your game is. Even more fun than last year.

    #Broadway Vick

  • dislikedisqus

    Thank you for your work here in Philly. You were a good citizen and role model. Lead the Jets to the Super Bowl!

    • Johnny Domino

      And then lose to Foles.
      Again.

      • knighn

        Up vote x 2!