The quarterback controversy continues into next season following the signing of veteran quarterback Michael Vick. Earlier in the week, Vick signed on with the Green and White for a one-year, $5 million contract.
The former Philadelphia Eagle was allowed to test the free agent market, due to the emergence of Nick Foles last season. Vick has spent the past 12 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles, and now he joins the Jets. It is assumed that the acquisition was made on the basis of having Vick push along second year quarterback Geno Smith, but the veteran has expressed that he has mixed emotions on the matter.
I mean I wouldn't say I would necessarily be okay with sitting on the bench all year. But I know what I signed up for. I know what I came to New York to do. First and foremost I came to compete and be a helping hand for Geno, and he has a long way to go.
It's no secret that the former West Virginia Mountaineer needs to improve in certain facets of his game, so bringing in a veteran player with a similar style of play can only help. Vick stated that he and Smith did have a conversation following the signing and that they agreed upon helping each other moving forward.
"First and foremost I came to compete and be a helping hand for Geno, and he has a long way to go," noted Vick. "We both talked. We both agreed we're going to push one another and make each other better."
Vick also stated that he has had a good relationship with Smith, prior to joining the Jets.
"I've known Geno since he's come out of school last year and entered the NFL draft," stated Vick. "He shared that the two mobile quarterbacks discussed matters on what to expect in the NFL and to just give him some friendly advice on what to do moving forward to benefit his future."
It is clear that Vick's intentions are to compete with the job, as well as help the second year quarterback develop. At 33 years old, the NFL's all-time rushing quarterback claims that he has plenty left in the tank, suggesting that he can lead this team for the next couple of years if given the opportunity.
"I have a lot left. It's evident [with] what I was able to do last year."
It will become apparent in the next few months if there will be a competition for the starting quarterback position. Time will tell if Smith will remain the starting quarterback for his second season, but for now, the controversy over the No. 7 jersey has been determined.
"Geno is going to wear number seven," noted Vick. "I'm changing my number."