Barely a week has passed since the New York Jets inked quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year deal and already it's been a move that has divided the country and the team's fan base. While the overwhelming response from fans has been of the negative variety due to Vick's checkered past and injury-prone nature, one former teammate is applauding the Jets for bringing in the veteran signal-caller.
Safety Quintin Demps played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2008-2009 and had the opportunity to get to know the highly scrutinized quarterback on both a personal and professional level.
According to Demps, the Jets made a shrewd front office decision by adding the former Eagle.
"The Jets were smart making that move," mentioned Demps. "I think they've done a good job of making that signing. He'll have the chance to compete with Geno Smith, mentor him and make him better."
With the Giants and Jets vying for New York area bragging rights, the veteran safety isn't in the business of getting territorial.
"I do know as a state, it's an unwritten rival," noted Demps. "I'm not going to get too wrapped up in it."
This offseason Demps signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants after playing for Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs last season. The 28-year-old safety will be joining his fourth NFL team in seven seasons and reflected on some of the quarterbacks he's played with over his career while admitting that Eli Manning could be the best of the bunch.
"I've played with Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Matt Schaub and Alex Smith," noted the Giants newly acquired safety. "He's the only one that has a ring—two rings— so based on that you'd have to say he's at the top of that list."
Despite Big Blue missing out on the playoffs for the second consecutive year, Demps remains confident that the Giants can win over a frustrated fan base, return to relevancy in the NFC East and eventually reach championship contention this upcoming season.
"I wouldn't sign with the Giants if I didn't think they had a chance at all those things."