Jets take chance on Vick, say goodbye to Sanchez

The Associated PressMarch 22, 2014 

Former Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is headed to the Jets on a one-year deal and will challenge Geno Smith. “As of right now,” Vick said, “Geno’s the starting quarterback of this football team.”

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The New York Jets signed former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to a one-year deal Friday, and released Mark Sanchez, the one-time face of the franchise.

“I love competition and I love football,” Vick said during a conference call. “And, I feel I have a lot of football left to play.”

Vick will present a real challenge to Jets starter Geno Smith, who played well down the stretch of his rookie season, but finished with 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

“As of right now,” Vick said, “Geno’s the starting quarterback of this football team.”

But, the four-time Pro Bowl player also made it clear that he still envisions himself as a starter, but that his first order of business is competing with Smith and helping the second-year quarterback along. Vick said he met Smith last year during the draft process and has stayed in touch since. He also acknowledged that he won’t wear his familiar No. 7 with the Jets, saying it was Smith’s number to keep.

Vick was a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Eagles.

The Sanchez move came as no surprise, but it completes a stunning downfall for the quarterback who once drew comparisons to Joe Namath after helping lead the Jets to consecutive AFC title games in 2009 and 2010.

RAIDERS PICK UP SCHAUB

The Oakland Raiders acquired Matt Schaub from Houston for a sixth-round draft pick, giving the quarterback a second chance after he lost his starting job with the Texans last season.

“A fresh start can do a lot of things for a player and a team and I’m one of those guys,” Schaub said.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Schaub comes in as the starter after Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin were inconsistent last year in Oakland’s second straight four-win season.

“We feel very confident that Matt Schaub is the guy that can come in and lead this football team,” Allen said. “And he’s proven that he can do it in this league.”

Schaub, 32, started in Houston from 2007 until 2013, when the two-time Pro Bowl selection was benched in favor of Case Keenum after a terrible start to the season.

EXTRA POINTS

Tennessee Titans defensive end Adewale Ojomo, 25, was arrested in a prostitution sting in Miami. The South Florida native was booked into jail Friday morning on a charge of soliciting a prostitute. He was being held on $500 bail. ... Safety Charles Woodson officially signed a one-year contract to remain with the Raiders. Woodson agreed to the deal earlier in the week, but didn’t sign until after passing a physical earlier Friday. ... The Bengals signed offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse from the Packers. ... The estate of NFL Hall of Famer Mike Webster and dozens of former players suing the league over concussion injuries agreed to pause their lawsuit to see if it will join other similar cases being reviewed by a federal judge for settlement. ... The Panthers signed unrestricted free-agent quarterback Joe Webb and cornerback Antoine Cason to one-year contracts and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood to a two-year deal. Financial terms were not released.

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