Jets Sign Mike Vick, Release Mark Sanchez. Is DeSean Jackson Next?

By Jason McIntyre

Mark Sanchez has been released by the Jets. New York picked a convenient time to make the announcement: after 6 pm on a Friday during the NCAA Tournament.

Oh, then there’s this: the Jets signed Mike Vick to be their backup QB. There’s no word on what the numbers are on his deal, but [UPDATE: Vick got a 1-year, $5 million deal.] Vick, 33, apparently didn’t have many other options with the Raiders trading for Matt Schaub and the Texans signing Ryan Fitzpatrick.

(Where this leaves Sanchez is anyone’s guess. After those first two years – when he and the Jets reached back-to-back AFC Title games – did anyone think he’d be on the unemployment line three years later? Hell, if he doesn’t get re-inserted into a preseason game and injured last August, doesn’t he beat out Geno Smith for the starting job last year?)

The real interesting aspect to this Vick deal: Will DeSean Jackson be next? Rumors circulated that the Jets could be interested in trading for Philly’s top receiver, who is apparently on the block. Would, say, a 4th and a 6th round pick cut it for Jackson? The connection between Vick and Jackson and the Jets is that the two are very good friends, and the Jets need a number one receiver.

As for Sanchez … we’ll always have the buttfumble.

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