New York Jets sign QB Michael Vick, release Mark Sanchez
The New York Jets signed quarterback Michael Vick and released former starter Mark Sanchez.
The Associated Press and Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla)
The New York Jets signed quarterback Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez on Friday.
Vick, 33, was a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He will be reunited with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who helped him have the best season of his career in Philadelphia in 2010. Vick was hampered by injuries the past three years and lost the starting job last season to Nick Foles.
Vick could present a challenge to Jets starter Geno Smith, 23, who was adequate down the stretch of his rookie season but finished with 12 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions.
Vick, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, was once considered the most dynamic player in the league, particularly during his first six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
His playing career was abruptly halted for two seasons in 2007, when he pleaded guilty to being part of a dogfighting ring. He served 21 months in federal prison, and two more months in home confinement.
Sanchez, 27, spent last season on injured reserve after hurting his right shoulder in an exhibition game. He had three years remaining on his contract, but his $13.1 million salary-cap number for next season made it unlikely the Jets would keep him at that amount.
Raiders land Schaub
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Matt Schaub and the Oakland Raiders are both hoping to put the mistakes of 2013 in the past.
The Raiders acquired Schaub from Houston for a sixth-round draft pick, giving the 32-year-old quarterback a second chance after he lost his starting job with the Texans to Case Keenum last season.
“A fresh start can do a lot of things for a player and a team, and I’m one of those guys,” two-time Pro Bowl performer Schaub said. “Last year did not go as I had planned, given my prior nine years before that.”
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Schaub comes in as the starter after Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin were inconsistent last season.
• Former Miami guard John Jerry, 27, who was named along with guard Richie Incognito and center Mike Pouncey as the main instigators in a bullying/harassment scandal against then-Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin, has signed with the New York Giants.
• Kansas City has signed cornerback Chris Owens, 27, who will likely take over the nickel position and provide depth behind starters Sean Smith and Brandon Flowers. Owens ended last season with Miami.
• Baltimore agreed to terms with former St. Louis safety Darian Stewart, 25, on a one-year contract.
• Tennessee defensive end Adewale Ojomo, 25, has been arrested in a prostitution sting in Miami. Police say he offered an undercover detective $100 for sex. Ojomo was signed to the Seahawks’ practice squad Sept. 17 and released a week later.
• The estate of Hall of Famer Mike Webster and 65 ex-players suing the league over concussion injuries agreed to pause their suit to see if it will join other similar cases being reviewed by a federal judge for settlement.