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Michael Vick to give up No. 7 with Jets?

Michael VickMichael Vick has worn No. 7 throughout his entire NFL career, but it sounds like his run with the lucky number is about to come to an end. Vick signed with the New York Jets last Friday, and they already have a No. 7. His name is Geno Smith.

Before Vick signed with the Jets, a report indicated that he would likely make a fuss about being able to wear No. 7 because his brand is built around the number. Vick does have a clothing line called V7, after all. However, TMZ is now reporting that the 33-year-old veteran has no intention of trying to pry the number away from Smith.

“I want to pick a new number for the Jets,” Vick reportedly said. “Number 7 is Geno’s number.”

TMZ’s sources added that Vick is trying to prove he is a capable leader by giving up the number and does not want to create unnecessary drama with his new team. He said he hasn’t decided what number he will wear but is open to suggestions.

If Geno is dead-set against giving up No. 7, I can understand why Vick would just let it go. However, getting a teammate to give up their jersey doesn’t always lead to drama. We have seen guys successfully trade a big chunk of cash or a year’s supply of diapers for a number, so it might be worth Vick’s time to negotiate.

Michael Vick: Jets would be ‘happy’ to have DeSean Jackson

DeSean-Jackson-Michael-VickMichael Vick signed a contract with the New York Jets on Friday, and he apparently already feels comfortable speaking on behalf of his new team. With rumors swirling that the Philadelphia Eagles are actively shopping DeSean Jackson, Vick was asked about the possibility of reuniting with Jackson after five seasons together in Philly.

“If there’s an opportunity to get DeSean, I’m pretty sure the New York Jets fans would be in favor of that,” Vick said, per Around the League’s Marc Sessler. “But who knows, it takes a lot to make a trade happen (with) all of the intricacies of a contract. It’s not for us as players to decide. But hopefully everything will work out for DeSean. If he ends up in New York, we’ll be happy, just as happy as he will be. But who knows, you can’t say.”

The Jets are one of a number of teams who are interested in Jackson, and any trade for the 27-year-old would be relatively complicated. Jackson holds a cap charge of $12.5 million next season, which is a lot more than most teams want to pay. However, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reported that he is not interested in restructuring his contract.

Mehta also cited a source who said there is no way Jackson will be in Philly in 2014.

“Philly is trading him or cutting him,” the source reportedly said. “That’s a fact. They don’t want him.”

Jackson reportedly does not expect to return to the Eagles next year, so it seems like a foregone conclusion that he will be playing elsewhere. The Jets have already signed Eric Decker, and acquiring a player like Jackson would instantly give them one of the better receiving corps in the AFC — on paper, of course.

Michael Vick writes letter thanking Eagles and city of Philadelphia

Michael VickAfter being released by the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 following his role in an an interstate dog fighting operation, Michael Vick was given another chance in the NFL by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Vick earned the league’s Comeback Player of the Year Award and was named to a Pro Bowl as a member of the Eagles.

With Nick Foles now in place as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback, Michael Vick signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets on Friday.

Appreciative of the Eagles organization and city of Philadelphia, Vick wrote a letter reflecting on the past five years. Here are his words, courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

I would like to thank the Eagles and the entire city of Philadelphia. I was honored to be their quarterback and took the privilege to heart every day. I especially want to thank Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid, who gave me the opportunity. I want to thank my teammates, who were not just coworkers, but friends. I also want to thank the millions of fans who cheered and supported our team.

People say Philadelphia fans are tough. I say they are fair. A player is not judged solely by his past or promises of the future, but by his actions today, and the next day, and the next.

In my time volunteering, I have met Philadelphia’s heroes. I’ve met at-risk children with few resources, but with teachers tirelessly helping them make the most of a second chance. I’ve seen the work of volunteers at school fund-raisers, food drives, after-school programs, hurricane shelters, Toys for Tots campaigns, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the meaningful work of the Humane Society of the United States. I’ve seen children choosing the mentorship of a football coach over peer pressure on a street corner. One of the best examples of a community deserving a second chance is the North Philadelphia Aztecs youth football team. As the players step onto Team Vick Field, they can hold their heads high and be proud that they are making Philly stronger.

The Eagles are an outstanding organization with a bright future, and I’m thankful for all the friendship, love, and support they gave me and my family. I look forward to seeing great things from them both on the field and in the community.

H/T Eye On Football

Michelle Beadle no longer a Jets fan after Michael Vick signing

Michelle BeadleNearly five years have passed since Michael Vick was released from prison after he pleaded guilty to bankrolling an interstate dog fighting operation, but that doesn’t mean some people have forgiven him for his actions.

Vick will forever be a dog killer in the eyes of many people. One such person is ESPN personality Michelle Beadle, who had some strong comments after the New York Jets announced that they had signed the free agent quarterback Friday.

You can figure there are many other people in the New York area who feel similarly.

I’ve always said I felt Vick was punished too harshly for his actions when compared to the punishments for other crimes and I’ve long forgiven him. Clearly there are many people who feel differently.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and choices when it comes to being a fan, and Beadle is showing hers. I can’t complain — I stopped being a fan of the Bengals after they signed one too many ex-cons and bad characters.

Jets release Mark Sanchez, sign Michael Vick

Mark SanchezIn the span of 10 minutes, the New York Jets announced a pair of moves Friday evening that is sure to have the city talking for some time.

The Jets released Mark Sanchez and announced the signing of Michael Vick.

Neither transaction should come as a surprise. The expectation always was that the Jets were going to cut Sanchez before the season. Though releasing Sanchez will cost $4.8 million against the salary cap this season, it frees up $8.3 million this season, according to Manish Mehta.

There was also strong speculation that Vick was going to sign with the Jets after he reportedly was telling teammates he thought that’s where he would end up.

The real interesting story here is that Vick’s contract reportedly is a one-year deal that will pay him $5 million. That’s a lot of money for a backup quarterback and tells us that the Jets plan to have Vick play. Whether that means using him in packages or otherwise, it’s a pretty clear indication that the Jets feel they need a good Plan B in case Geno Smith doesn’t work out.

The other question is what jersey number Vick will receive; he reportedly was making a fuss over No. 7, which has been Smith’s.

Report: Michael Vick would make fuss about No. 7 jersey in contract negotiations with Jets

michael-vickMichael Vick has worn No. 7 throughout his entire career. He wore the jersey number at Virginia Tech and has worn it during all 11 of his NFL seasons. Vick is currently a free agent, and one of the teams said to be interested in signing him is the New York Jets. He’ll reportedly get a chance to compete with Geno Smith for the starting job if New York signs him, but that’s not all Vick would be competing for.

Smith, who the Jets drafted to be their quarterback of the future, currently wears No. 7. According to TMZ, that could be a “big issue” for Vick if he negotiates a contract with the Jets. Vick has a clothing line called V7, and the brand name would make little sense if he stopped wearing the number.

While noting that the jersey situation wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for Vick, TMZ speculated that the 33-year-old could want more money if he can’t have No. 7. That seems pretty insane to me.

I get that Vick has a brand associated with the No. 7. I also get that a starting quarterback might be less likely to give up his number than a reserve player who is allowing a veteran to wear it. That said, teams aren’t exactly banging down the doors to sign Vick. If he gets an opportunity to compete for a starting job, he’d be wise to take it even if he has to wear No. 56.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Mike Vick thinks he is headed to the Jets?

Michael VickMike Vick is the top free agent quarterback on the market, and it sounds like he thinks he may end up signing with the New York Jets.

According to NFL reporter Mike Freeman, Vick has told his former Philadelphia Eagles teammates that he thinks he is headed to the Jets.

Though Freeman says Vick has told people he thinks that may be his landing spot, that by no means indicates we have a done deal. There are plenty of teams who will have interest in Vick, and Freeman believes whoever offers the most cash will get the quarterback.

The Jets have been frequently mentioned in connection with Vick this offseason. The Bills, Texans, Bucs and Raiders are other teams who could be interested in the former Eagles QB. Minnesota and Jacksonville were possibilities until they re-signed Matt Cassel and Chad Henne, respectively.

One of the reasons why the Jets have been considered a strong possibility is because of the connection between Vick and current Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who was Vick’s OC when he had success in Philly.