Filed to ESPN: QB Michael Vick is signing with the New York Jets, per team and league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2014
The New York Jets have officially released former first round draft choice Mark Sanchez, according to various media reports. Sanchez was the fifth overall pick in 2009 and spent four years as the team's starting quarterback. Over that time, he was 33-29 with two AFC Championship game appearances. He threw for 12,092 yards with 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions, giving him a 71.7 career passer rating.
Replacing Sanchez on the Jets' roster is veteran Michael Vick. Vick was the first overall pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, spending six years with the team before missing the 2007 and 2008 seasons after pleading guilty to dog fighting charges. He was released by the Falcons and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after being released from prison. He spent the 2009 to 2013 seasons in Philadelphia.
With the Falcons, Vick was selected to three Pro Bowls while recording a 38-28-1 record, with 11,505 yards passing, 71 touchdowns, and 52 interceptions. In his five years with Philadelphia, he recorded a 20-20 record, with 9,984 passing yards, 57 touchdowns, and 33 interceptions. He has a 80.9 career passer rating.
Vick will likely compete with second year quarterback Geno Smith for the starting role in New York. He will also be asked to mentor and shape the young signal caller, who flashed his potential at times last year, but also struggled at times.