Today the New York Jets made one move that has been expected for months and one move that has been expected for a few days. Mark Sanchez was released. Mike Vick was signed. The New York Jets now have a very legitimate quarterback competition this summer and a more proven backup for Geno Smith, if the second year player wins out and starts as expected.
This morning we wrote why this is the right move and our feelings obviously haven’t changed. The Jets have now upgraded their quarterback and wide receiver position this offseason. Their work should not be done on either side of the football and one must wonder if DeSean Jackson trade could be on the horizon.
We don’t need to rehash Sanchez’s career for you here. He had some major ups and downs but saw his play generally decline in recent years. Sanchez could potentially land with Buffalo or St. Louis and it wouldn’t be fair to assume that he’ll never get a starting chance again. He quarterbacked some very memorable wins here, conducted himself well off the field and should receive the well wishes of Jets fans going forward.
As for Vick, he checked out 100% healthy in the Jets team physical and sounds motivated to push Geno Smith strongly this summer. If Smith makes the appropriate strides, he should maintain his starting job but if he struggles or gets hurt, the Jets now have another viable option at quarterback. The decision to give Smith insurance with Vick (a longtime Rex Ryan favorite) is a further dagger into any crazy conspiracy theorists who think John Idzik is trying to get Ryan fired.
Despite being buried in a wave of criticism, GM John Idzik has now landed the best free agent wide receiver and quarterback available so far this offseason.