*If you haven’t heard, quarterback Michael Vick is now a member of the NY Jets. Whether he’ll be backing up Geno Smith or replacing him isn’t certain at this time. What we do know is that Mark Sanchez has been shown the door.
Vick, 33, spent the past five seasons with the Eagles, inked a one-year, $5 million deal, according to a source. Here’s his perspective on what his expectstions are:
“I wouldn’t say that I would necessarily be OK sitting on the bench all year, but I know what I signed up for,” Vick said. “I know what I came to New York to do. First and foremost, I came to compete and be a helping hand for Geno.”
Vick, who visited the Jets’ facility in Florham Park on Friday before signing on the dotted line, will be reunited with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg after they spent four years together in Philadelphia. Vick’s familiarity with Mornhinweg’s West Coast offense made him the ideal fit for a team that lacked a viable backup option last season.
“He’s here in a role where he’s going to compete and push Geno Smith to become the very best that he can be,” Mornhinweg said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Vick penned the following farewell letter to Eagles fans, via Philly.com:
I would like to thank the Eagles and the entire city of Philadelphia. I was honored to be their quarterback and took the privilege to heart every day. I especially want to thank Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid, who gave me the opportunity. I want to thank my teammates, who were not just coworkers, but friends. I also want to thank the millions of fans who cheered and supported our team.
People say Philadelphia fans are tough. I say they are fair. A player is not judged solely by his past or promises of the future, but by his actions today, and the next day, and the next.
In my time volunteering, I have met Philadelphia’s heroes. I’ve met at-risk children with few resources, but with teachers tirelessly helping them make the most of a second chance. I’ve seen the work of volunteers at school fund-raisers, food drives, after-school programs, hurricane shelters, Toys for Tots campaigns, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the meaningful work of the Humane Society of the United States. I’ve seen children choosing the mentorship of a football coach over peer pressure on a street corner. One of the best examples of a community deserving a second chance is the North Philadelphia Aztecs youth football team. As the players step onto Team Vick Field, they can hold their heads high and be proud that they are making Philly stronger.
The Eagles are an outstanding organization with a bright future, and I’m thankful for all the friendship, love, and support they gave me and my family. I look forward to seeing great things from them both on the field and in the community.