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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.

Adrian Peterson: Michael Vick would make Vikings a playoff team

Michael-Vick-NFC-PreviewThe Philadelphia Eagles are expected to release Michael Vick at some point in the coming days, which will make him one of the most intriguing names on the free agent market. Vick said after the season that he “very badly” wants another chance to start, and we’d be surprised if some team didn’t at least give him a shot in training camp. Could the Minnesota Vikings be that team?

If Adrian Peterson gets his way, that would be a possibility. Peterson took to Twitter on Wednesday to lobby for his team to sign Vick.

We’re assuming he meant “instantly.” That can’t make Christian Ponder feel all that good about himself, but we all know he has limited ability. Vick is prone to making mistakes and has not been able to protect the football over the past couple of seasons, yet he remains a player who could be worth gambling on. There’s no denying he has game-changing ability.

Peterson will turn 29 later this month. There were already rumors about him being traded last season as Minnesota played its way to a 5-10-1 record. AP is one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game, and he deserves a shot at a championship. Expect the Vikings to at least pretend they’re listening if he is serious about wanting Vick as a teammate.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Mike Vick is a little confused about who won Super Bowl MVP

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Mike Vick was just trying to tweet his support for Russell Wilson and explain why he felt like the Seattle Seahawks quarterback should have been named MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII, but he ended up looking somewhat foolish instead.

No disrespect to Mike Vick (or Doug Baldwin) but I believe Malcolm Smith won MVP.

There actually is a great case to be made for Wilson as MVP. He threw for two touchdowns and played extremely well in the second half to ensure Denver didn’t come back.

I actually would have voted Cliff Avril for MVP. He’s the one who put the pressure on Peyton Manning both times to cause each of the interceptions, and I think it was fitting for a defensive player to win MVP. Kam Chancellor also had a great argument to win the award as well.

Anyway, good job, good effort, Vick.

Michael Vick likely to leave Eagles, ‘very badly’ wants to start

Michael Vick Michael Vick was an excellent teammate and had a great attitude even though he was supplanted by Nick Foles as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles this season, but it sounds like he is done with the whole backup thing.

Philly Daily News reporter Les Bowen tweeted on Thursday that he spoke with Vick and believes the quarterback will continue his career elsewhere. Bowen says Vick very badly wants the chance to start again:

Vick will be 34 next season and still hasn’t played in more than 13 games in a season since 2006. He didn’t even play that well the last two seasons. I really don’t see why a team would want to make him their starter. You can’t rely on him to play all season, and he’s extremely unlikely to put together the MVP-type of season he did in 2011. The only good news is that as a free agent, he’ll likely come cheap. But I wouldn’t want him for anything other than a backup job.

Michael Vick: Nick Foles should remain Eagles’ starter

Nick-Foles-EaglesThe Philadelphia Eagles have been a better team with Nick Foles as their starting quarterback this season. Over the past seven games in which he has appeared, Foles has thrown 16 touchdowns and not a single interception. He has successfully put to rest any speculation about a quarterback controversy when Michael Vick is healthy again. Even Vick himself realizes that.

“In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who’s been playing so well?” Vick said Thursday during his weekly appearance on 94 WIP radio, via CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank. “I’ve been in this stage before, and I know what it’s like. I understand the position that this team is in, and the one thing I never want to do is be a distraction or put our team or our coaches in a position where they feel like they’re not doing the right thing or I feel like they’re not doing the right thing.”

Foles has made the decision easy. Many people — myself included — thought Chip Kelly’s offense would be better suited for a running quarterback like Vick. Instead, Foles has proven to be far more effective with his accuracy and ability to connect on the deep ball to DeSean Jackson. The incredible play of LeSean McCoy has also helped open things up.

“I thought Nick went out and put on a great performance against the Redskins,” Vick said. “He went out and did everything the coaches asked him to do, and that’s what you want in a must-win game, and that’s what the magnitude of that game was.

“He can potentially be a starter in this league for a long time. It’s just about timing, as of right now. As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to continue to build that case.”

The Eagles have a bye this week, which gives Vick more time to get healthy. It won’t matter, as Foles is in no danger of losing his job against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13. Remember all that stuff Marcus Vick said on Twitter when the Eagles struggled against the Dallas Cowboys last month? That was merely a blip on the radar, and Marcus is still an idiot.