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Friday, March 21, 2014

Jets' QB Carousel; Mark Sanchez out, Michael Vick in

By on 3/21/2014 07:27:00 PM

The New York Jets announced Friday via their official twitter account that they have finally cut ties with sixth-year quarterback Mark Sanchez. Not even ten minutes later, the Jets tweeted that they had signed former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, with a picture of him putting the pen to the paper.

Sanchez's career in New York got off to a promising start, taking the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games in his first two seasons. However, he turned the ball over 26 times apiece and the Jets failed to make the playoffs in 2011 and 2012.

Sanchez suffered a torn labrum in the third game of the 2013 preseason against the New York Giants and missed the entire regular season, making Geno Smith the starting quarterback by default. Sanchez was due a $2 million roster bonus if he was not cut by March 25th and would have accounted for $8.3 million against the salary cap, making his release inevitable.

The Jets replaced Sanchez with Michael Vick, another quarterback with injury problems who frequently turns the football over. Vick began the 2013 season as the Eagles starter but pulled his hamstring in Week 5. Three weeks later, Vick returned to action and re-aggravated the injury. Nick Foles took the opportunity by the horns and played his way into the starting job, leaving Vick on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

Vick left the Eagles via free agency in pursuit of a starting quarterback job and will compete with second-year signal caller Geno Smith for said role this summer in training camp. Regardless of his role, Vick provides the Jets with a much needed veteran presence at quarterback and has experience working in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's west coast offense from their days in Philadelphia.

It has been a very eventful day for Jets quarterbacks. In addition to Sanchez-Vick carousel, it is also worthy of mention that former Jets third stringer Greg McElroy announced his retirement today at the age of 25.


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