Could Michael Vick be headed to the Big Apple? According to several sports blogs, such as ESPN.com and Bleacher Report, the answer might be yes.
Vick, the 33-year-old former starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles will be a free agent this season. And with the emergence of Nick Foles as their starting quarterback during the 2013 season, the likelihood that Michael returns to engineer Chip Kelly’s offense is slim to none. This leads many to speculate on where Vick’s next turn at quarterback will come. And, according to an article on digitaljournal.com, there will be significant interest in Vick:
“2014 isn’t a great year for NFL teams looking for a veteran free agent quarterback, but Michael Vick is the exception and several teams from around the league are rumored to have interest in the former Philadelphia Eagles signal caller.”
Rich Cmini, who writes for the New York Jets blog on ESPN.com, also contends that there could be interest in Vick following the anticipated dumping of former starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and his exorbitant salary:
“[Mark] Sanchez is signed for three more seasons, but his cap charge ($13.1 million) is prohibitive,” Cmini writes. “Chances are, they will part ways with their former starter, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.”
But with Geno Smith still in question as New York’s #1 guy, it would behoove them to have a veteran backup, other than Sanchez of course, as insurance should Smith’s play deteriorate:
“The speculation will focus on Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles),” Cmini writes, “who was Wally Pipped by Nick Foles. Vick’s play has deteriorated over the last three years (35 touchdowns, 27 interceptions), and there are durability issues, but he will intrigue the Jets because of his familiarity with Mornhinweg’s system. Is the feeling mutual? Vick said recently he wants to be a starter.”
Also coming into play is whether New York City would welcome Vick with open arms either. Forget the fact that Michael could create a quarterback controversy behind Geno Smith, there is also legitimate concern over whether his troubled past will come back to haunt him in the media capital of the world.
In the meantime, Vick, as reported by the Inquisitr, has been making some news of his own outside the NFL, announcing a new hair product line alongside Bow Wow. He reportedly “has confirmed that he is starting a new business venture alongside rapper Bow Wow entitled, Wave Masterz, which will manufacture hair products.”
Michael Vick announced this new venture via his Twitter account:
— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) February 17, 2014
But at the end of the day Michael Vick is still a football player in need of a team to play for. What do you think? Would the New York Jets make the ideal landing spot for Michael Vick? Or should the New York Jets stick with Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez over Michael Vick as their starting quarterback?