Michael Vick, Jets a perfect match?


Cam Newton (left) and Michael Vick played “Madden” at a pre-Super Bowl event in January. (Donald Traill / Invision for EA Sports / AP Images)

One of the bigger names to hit the free-agent market soon is expected to be quarterback Michael Vick, who is likely to part with the team he joined when he was released from prison in 2009.

The mostly likely landing spot for Vick, at the moment, seems to be the New York Jets, who are a “legitimate possibility,” according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. The most likely reason for the Jets’ favored status is Vick’s relationship with Marty Mornhinweg, the Jets’ offensive coordinator who worked with him for four of his five seasons in Philly.

His role in New York may be largely what it was with the Eagles, where he served as backup and mentor to a young QB. The Jets’ Geno Smith is in a more precarious position than the Eagles’ Nick Foles. It’s not certain that Vick could unseat Smith, but he would provide competition for Smith, as well as helping him mature.

Vick, 33, told CSN Philly in early January that he isn’t worried about finding a team. “My skill set is still there, my arm is still there, my legs are still there, I’m still a playmaker. That’s evident.

“I’m playing again next year. That’s the way I look at it. I know at some point I’ll be back out there.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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