Vick's name tossed into Jets' conversation

With Michael Vick likely on his way out of Philadelphia, the New York Jets have emerged as one of the leading teams interested in the services of the 33-year-old gunslinger.

The fate of Mark Sanchez as a New York Jet may still be up in the air, but that won't stop the powers that be from posing his current team as a potential landing spot for free-agent quarterbacks.

The subject topic of conversation in that regard? Veteran Michael Vick.

During coverage from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport noted Monday that the Jets could be a "realistic possible landing spot" for the injury prone signal-caller, based on the need for some competition within the ranks and his relationship with Gang Green's offensive coordinator.

"One, they want someone to come in and push Geno Smith every day in practice and kind of help him be a little more professional," Rapoport said. "It doesn't sound like they want to do it on a long term basis. Also, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Vick still have a lot of mutual respect from their Eagles days together, so a realistic possibility, but they're not the only team interested in Vick."

Other reports Monday indicated that Sanchez may still get a shot to compete for his old gig via restructured deal.

NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said he thought the Vick deal would be "well worth it," adding that the 33-year-old could instantly help the Jets push for a playoff spot and help tutor their youngster -- at least in what not to do off the field and in the offseason.

Both options seem less than desirable for the Jets, who would likely be pressing their luck with either man, particularly when it came to health. Dumping Sanchez is the logical move financially for New York if it can't come to a new agreement, though spending that potential savings on a risk like Vick seems somewhat irresponsible, too.

Sanchez is currently in the middle of a five-year, $58.25 million contract extension granted in 2012, while Vick is likely looking for a deal as close to the $10 million contract he signed with Philadelphia last season, a year in which he took snaps in just seven games.


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