Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Jets consider Vick, Decker
By Jane McManus
On March 8 quarterback Michael Vick tweeted: “I come from humble beginnings!!! Good morning people”
Will that turn out to be an introduction?
Jets fans could get to know Vick, 34, a little better if the team opts to sign the free agent. New York hasn’t made much of a splash in free agency, but Vick could change that. Vick is also getting interest from the Bills and Bucs according to Adam Schefter.
The Jets are also looking at Josh McCown at the quarterback spot, in order to compete with second-year quarterback Geno Smith.
The question is, does Vick want to come to New York if he had to spend the season as Smith’s backup? Or to put it another way, do the Jets need to manufacture quarterback drama every single season?
Smith, who had a 66.5 quarterback rating and 21 interceptions in his rookie year, was serviceable last season after a season-ending injury to Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is still on the Jets roster as a $2 million roster bonus is due on March 25.
But the quarterback isn’t the only position the Jets are shopping for. In the meantime, free agent wide receiver Eric Decker is visiting the Jets facility, according to multiple reports.
Decker -- at 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds -- most recently played in Denver, where he had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns playing with quarterback Peyton Manning.
The Jets cut former No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday, and still have slot receiver Jeremy Kerley, Stephen Hill and David Nelson still on the roster at the spot.