With free agency set to begin March 10, we'll examine the New York Jets' top free agents over the next few days:
Player: Michael Vick
Age: Turns 35 in June
Previous contract: One year, $4 million
2014 stats: He started three games (1-2) and handled mop-up in two others. He completed 64 of 121 passes for 604 yards, with three touchdown passes and two interceptions. He finished with a 68.3 rating, his lowest since his rookie year, 2001. His fumble rate was alarming -- five fumbles (two lost) in only 272 offensive snaps.
The case to keep him: Have you checked out the list of free-agent quarterbacks?
The case to let him go: Clearly, Vick is near the end of one of the most compelling careers in NFL history. He might be able to squeeze out another year in the right situation, but the situation isn't right for him anymore in New York. He looked disinterested last season, perhaps because he knew he had no chance to overtake Geno Smith. Blame the Jets' decision makers for that. They signed Vick to compete with Smith, yet they never actually gave him a fair chance to win the job. As a result, Vick checked out mentally, resigning himself to the role of mentor. When he finally got a chance to play, he wasn't able to flip the switch, looking old and tentative. He's still a freakish athlete, but the Jets need to turn the page and find a better alternative.
Crystal ball: Vick isn't in the Jets' immediate plans. Where will he land? Remember, he didn't generate much interest last offseason, so there's no guarantee he'll find a team. He mentioned a desire to play for the Washington Redskins (he's from Virginia), but it's hard to imagine them adding Vick to their quarterback circus. His best bet might be the Baltimore Ravens, where former Jets coordinator Marty Mornhinweg -- a Vick ally from their days in Philadelphia -- coaches the quarterbacks. The Ravens don't have an experienced backup under contract. Near the end of last season, Vick said he was capable of playing another two or three years. Good luck.