Days after releasing former franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez, the New York Jets signed veteran Michael Vick Friday (March 21) to a one year deal worth $5 million, reports ESPN.com.
Vick and incumbent Geno Smith are expected to compete for the starting role, which is unclear at press time, since team officials had yet to comment.
“As of now, Geno is the starting quarterback for this football team,” Vick said in a conference call with reporters. “From this point on, we’re going to compete every day.”
Vick finished out last season from the Philadelphia Eagles’ bench. However, he said recently he wants to be a starter again. But for now, he vowed to support Smith and help him develop.
“I wouldn’t say I’d necessarily be OK with sitting on the bench, but I know what I signed up for,” said Vick. “I know what I came to New York to do. First and foremost, I came to compete and be there for Geno. I know he has a long way to go, but we both talked and we both agree we’re going to push one another and make each other better.”