There has been a lot of smoke between veteran quarterback Michael Vick and the New York Jets, as offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg used to be Vick’s OC back when he was also with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick would be a great backup behind Geno Smith, who can’t be fully trusted without a proper contingency plan yet. He has the tools to be a franchise quarterback and showed promise, but his turnovers and inconsistency make it critical for the Jets to have the proper backup in place. Vick’s injury history prevents him from being truly reliable, but most of the other boxes are filled with check marks.
The multiple reports linking Vick to the Jets were seemingly refuted by a report from the New York Daily News’s Manish Mehta over the weekend, which stated that Vick is not a likely option for the Jets. Mehta also reported that the Jets are “eyeing” Chicago Bears QB Josh McCown and are not expected to add Matt Schaub either.
Well, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has put us back on the “Vick-Jets” path again by reporting that the Jets are clearly “viewed as a legitimate possible landing spot” for Vick, based on discussions the NFL Insider has had this week. Rapoport adds that “Vick could help Geno” and that both he and Mornhinweg still have “mutual respect”.
This isn’t the last rumor you will hear regarding Vick and the Jets, and I think he is a legit option as well. Will they sign him as Geno’s backup? That’s a different story and is a decision that John Idzik and the Jets will mull over carefully.