After sitting back and doing largely nothing in free agency, minus the signing of Eric Decker, the New York Jets and GM John Idzik inked Michael Vick for one year and $5 million Friday evening.
Gang Greene fans are happy now, and hopefully Rex Ryan is no longer "pissed" after Idzik failed to lock down contracts for Darrelle Revis (signed with Patriots) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (inked with Giants).
Decker needs help
Vick will compete with Geno Smith for starting QB duties. Vick was adamant that he'd find a place to start in 2014, and the Jets give him the best opportunity, which is why he signed quickly after they were his first free-agent visit Friday.
There's no guarantee that he wins the job, though. However, the way I see it, unless Vick really struggles or is injured in training camp and the preseason, he's the heavy favorite over Smith, who was painfully inconsistent in his rookie year.
Decker replaces Santonio Holmes as the team's top wideout option, with Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates providing mediocre depth. Can Decker survive as a No. 1? I don't see it. His production will come down drastically, even if Vick provides a modest upgrade at the QB position over Smith.
The rest of New York's offense isn't anything special, either, when compared to what Vick was working with before he lost the starting job to Nick Foles with the Philadelphia Eagles. That'll make him, at best, a lottery ticket late in drafts as a weak second fantasy QB. A 34-year-old QB with the inability to stay healthy over a full season isn't the ideal backup QB.
Another reason Vick should be considered the early favorite is his familiarity with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, whom Vick worked with for several seasons in Philly. It was likely a big reason Vick signed, too. Mornhinweg can't keep Vick healthy, though, and it's merely a curious side note.
I'd probably be interested in nabbing Vick as my backup if, and only if, the Jets pulled off a deal to trade for disgruntled Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, who looks like he's on his way out of the City of Brotherly Love.
The Jets have already inquired on D-Jax, and maybe Idzik feels that it's the final offensive piece needed to make his team relevant in the AFC East again. It would surely take some strain off Decker and put the rest of the offensive weapons in a better position to succeed.
It'll quiet all the Jets fans clamoring for more moves up, too, at least until the NFL Draft.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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