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Michael Vick Signs With NY Jets, Sanchez Fired

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Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

The NFL season doesn't start for another seven months, but the New York Jets already have a quarterback controversy.

The Jets on Friday signed free-agent Michael Vick, released Mark Sanchez, and put incumbent sophomore Geno Smith square in the middle of the franchise's latest QB drama. The Jets tweeted out a picture of Vick signing a one-year deal that will pay him a $5 million.

The most interesting thing about that photo was Vick apparently writes with his right hand, though he throws a football with his left.

“It means a lot to have the chance to come in and play for a great organization that had a lot of success last year and being on the brink of doing some good things,” Vick told NewYorkJets.com. “Maybe I can come here and be an asset whenever my number’s called. I’m excited, I’m elated, and I feel like this is a great opportunity for me and my family.”

What number exactly he wears is another issue that will be ironed out between he and Smith, both of whom wear No. 7. Could Smith lose both his number and his job to the former No.1 overall draft pick?

Vick lost the starting job in Philadelphia to Nick Foles last season and at 33 years old is not the quarterback he used to be. However, Vick had his best season in 2010 with the Eagles when threw for more than 3,000 yards, 21 TDs and 6 INTs and his offensive coordinator was Marty Mornhinweg. The two will be reunited this season in New York and could potentially rekindle some of that magic from four years ago.

“We are excited to acquire Michael Vick,” Mornhinweg said in a statement released by the team. “He’s a great talent who’s won many games, including playoff games, in this league. He has the respect of both his teammates and opponents. He’s here in a role where he’s going to compete and push Geno Smith to become the very best that he can be. Michael will be able to go in and play at a high level and a winning level if called upon.”

With the dawn of the Michael Vick Era in New York, the sun set on Sanchez's tenure with the club he commanded to consecutive AFC Championship games his first two years. His last two seasons with the Jets were marred by a combined 52 turnovers, including the infamous "Buttfumble." He was injured for the entire 2013 season in the fourth quarter of a meaningless preseason game against the Giants and ceded the starting job to Smith.

With Vick in the fold, rumors have already heated up surrounding a potential trade for embattled Eagles WR DeSean Jackson. With Eric Decker already in the fold, the Jets could go from being one of the worst offenses in the AFC last season to a legitimate threat with Vick under center and Jackson opposite Decker out wide.