From now until March 11, the start of the league year, we'll profile potential free agents that figure to be on the New York Jets' radar:
Player: Micheal Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
2013 stats: Started six games (2-4) before getting hurt and losing his job to Nick Foles. Completed 77 ot 141 passes (54.6 percent) for 1,215 yards, with five touchdowns, three interceptions and a 86.5 passer rating. Played in 325 offensive snaps (29.4 percent).
2013 salary: $4.0 million.
Sign him up: Even though he turns 34 in June, Vick will be the top quarterback on the free-agent market and the Jets need a veteran to challenge/back up/mentor Geno Smith. Vick's play has declined over the last three years and there are questions about his durability, but he still has the raw skills (not to mention the familiarity with Marty Mornhinweg's system) to fit in well with the Jets. In the Jets' ideal scenario, he'd come in and push Smith, serving as Geno insurance if the second-year quarterback falters. There's always the chance he'd beat out Smith in training camp. If that happens, so be it. Vick wouldn't come cheaply (at least $4 million for 2014), but the Jets can't afford not to have a quarterback of Vick's ilk. They suffered last season without an experienced alternative that could've replaced Smith when he slumped in November.
Reasons to stay away: With a touchdown-interception ratio of 35-27 and a starting record of 12-17 over the past three seasons, Vick has slipped to statistical mediocrity. There's also the question of whether he'd be receptive to the Jets' potentially muddled situation. He'd have to be on board with the entire dynamic.