The New York Jets released quarterback Mark Sanchez and signed former Eagles QB Michael Vick Friday. NY1's Kevin Garrity filed the following report.
He was the golden boy out of USC. Selected fifth overall by the Jets in the 2009 draft, Mark Sanchez experienced incredible success in his first two years in New York, leading the Jets to two straight AFC championship games, winning four road playoff games during that stretch.
However, the last three years have been downhill for number 6. The Jets missed the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, and during that 2012 season, Sanchez had to deal with the Tim Tebow circus and one of the most infamous plays in New York sports history, forever known as "the butt fumble."
Last year, he was battling rookie Geno Smith for the starting job when he injured his shoulder in a preseason game against the Giants. He would sit out the entire regular season.
With a $2 million bonus heading his way on March 25, the Jets decided to cut Sanchez loose after they signed Michael Vick to a one-year deal.
Vick comes on board after spending the last five years in Philadelphia. He began his career with the Atlanta Falcons and signed on with the Eagles after serving a 21-month prison sentence for running an illegal interstate dog-fighting ring that was in operation for five years.
Vick has battled through some injuries the last few years and only played in seven games for the Eagles last year.
In a conference call Friday night, Vick addressed the situation with Smith, saying, "I wouldn't necessarily be OK sitting on the bench all year, but I know what I signed up for." So there may end up being an open competition in training camp, but at the very least, the Jets have themselves a very good backup quarterback.