Despite being one of the bigger (if not biggest) name quarterbacks on the free agent market this season, Michael Vick seemingly struggled to find a team willing to take on his services.
Granted, there were likely a few reasons for that – one of them the hefty contract he was commanding – but regardless Vick eventually settled with the New York Jets on a one-year, $5 million dollar deal.
Many believe it’ll prove to be a solid move for the Jets, but not one NFL executive who says Vick is washed up.
pinions on the Vick signing are sharply divided among fans and media, which isn’t a surprise. I happen to think it’s a good deal, but I spoke to one longtime front-office executive who believes Vick, 33, is washed up.
“The Jets already have a guy like him ,” said the executive, referring to Geno Smith. “If you bring Vick in, you’re not thinking. It makes no sense. He’s a good kid. He’s more mature, he’s not a distraction and the players respect him, but he doesn’t bring anything to the table anymore — nothing. He can’t win with his legs anymore, he has to win with his head. His arm is good enough, but unfortunately, the arm isn’t connected to the head.”
It was apparently a sentiment shared by an AFC scout, who suggested swapping Vick for Mark Sanchez was all but a lateral move.
The Jets didn’t appear heading anyplace with Geno Smith atop the depth chart, so despite the issues, a one-year deal isn’t going to hurt the Jets.