The free-agent market has been chilly for Michael Vick.
The agile quarterback has battled injuries and inconsistency the past few seasons and was told he would not be back with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. Many have passed on even meeting the former No. 1 pick.
But Vick, who turns 34 this summer, could find a soft landing spot with the New York Jets, with whom Vick is scheduled to meet on Friday, according to ESPN New York. That makes some sense for a few reasons.
The Jets have a less than rock solid starter in Geno Smith, who led the NFL in turnovers last season as a rookie and appears to have lukewarm support among the Jets.
Vick would have an easy transition to the team having played for Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg in Philly. Mornhinweg is expected to be back at the Jets' facility, Shutdown Corner has learned, after attending the Virginia Tech pro day on Thursday.
The Jets have a decision to make on Mark Sanchez, their only other quarterback with extensive starting experience on the roster. The Jets would have to pay Sanchez a $2 million roster bonus on March 25, and there would be almost no way to envision them keeping him and Vick, if he signs. Sanchez would have a cap hit of more than $13 million next season.
As Shutdown Corner's Anwar Richardson wrote a few days ago, Vick's career is hanging dangerously in the balance. He has been mentioned as the third choice for the Oakland Raiders (!) in their search for veteran QB help, and the Buffalo Bills at least could consider Vick at some point.
If Vick wants a job, this should be it. The Jets are by far his best option, and he could see the field in 2014 for one last blaze of glory. Everything lines up here. The money will not be grea but if he can get past that, Vick might make the best of his one real opportunity.
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