NYJ sign Vick, release Sanchez

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000336056/article/mark-sanchez-released-by-new-york-jets

    Mark Sanchez released by New York Jets

    The Mark Sanchez era is over in Gotham.
    The Jets announced Friday that New York's one-time starter was released after five rocky seasons with the team.

    It's a move that comes as no surprise with Gang Green signing free-agent Michael Vick on Friday to compete with second-year passer Geno Smith, who started all 16 games for the Jets as a rookie last season.

    General manager John Idzik had been tight-lipped about Sanchez's fate for 2014, but the quarterback's outrageous $9 million salary and $2 million roster bonus -- due Monday -- made keeping him an impossibility. Even with the team unsold on Smith's future, Sanchez, the former first-round draft pick, was due for a fresh start.

    His arc in New York formed a tumultous string of highs and lows that spanned 62 starts over four years before injury derailed his fifth.

    Sanchez gained favor as a rookie in 2009, tugging Rex Ryan's scrappy, run-oriented squad as far as the AFC title game. He pulled the same trick in his sophomore outing, guiding New York to an 11-win regular season and a return trip to the AFC championship. But the postseason has remained elusive ever since for the 27-year-old signal-caller.

    Coming off labrum surgery and back-to-back seasons plagued by turnovers, Sanchez isn't going to earn starter's money at this stage of his career.

    He hits the open market as an attractive backup, however, with more than a few teams willing to take a chance on a former playoff passer. One logical landing spot? The St. Louis Rams, with coordinator Brian Schottenheimer -- Sanchez's old coach -- overseeing a quarterback room that just lost Kellen Clemens behind starter Sam Bradford.

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    Michael Vick, New York Jets sign one-year contract

    The New York Jets moved quickly on Michael Vick during Friday's visit, belying general manager John Idzik's glacial reputation.
    Minutes after releasing Mark Sanchez, the Jets announced the signing of Vick. The contract is for one year at $5 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source involved in the process.

    It's not guaranteed starter money, but even the best backups don't typically earn $5 million.

    The Jets' brass already had planned to give Vick an opportunity to compete with Geno Smith for the starting job before the former Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons quarterback even stepped in the door.

    Vick, 33, not only has a major experience edge, but also offers a mastery of Marty Mornhinweg's offense after starting 36 games in four years under the former Eagles coordinator.

    Idzik presaged the signing in Thursday's press conference.

    "Whenever you have inside knowledge on a player, with a coach who has worked with them, a player who has played with them, there's some member of your staff that has been around that player for a while -- that is a tremendous advantage," Idzik said. "There is less projection. Especially if you're dealing with a position that entails a lot."


    Although Idzik hand-picked Smith in the second round of last year's draft, Vick should be viewed as the favorite to start the season opener on a team that features a defensive front seven ready to win now.

    If Idzik can pull off a trade to reunite DeSean Jackson with Vick, he might just challenge the Patriots' stranglehold on the AFC East -- and inject a dynamic element to his reputation in one fell swoop.

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  2. Henry Burris

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    Hells yeah, + Eric Decker (and hopefully) DeSean Jackson
     
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    4th and 26 George Halas
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    They will still suck
     
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    out of pot into fire. horrible signing.
     
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    4th and 26 George Halas
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    Has Michael Vick ever played all 16 games in a season?
     

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