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Let the NY Jets quarterback competition begin: Vick signed, Sanchez released

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On Friday night the New York Jets completely changed their quarterback room as the team announced the signing of Michael Vick and the release of Mark Sanchez. Neither of these moves come as a surprise as Vick has been rumored to the Jets for weeks, while the departure of Sanchez saves the team over $8 million dollars in cap space.

Win-win move for the Jets

The signing of Michael Vick (1-year, $5 million) is a win-win move for the New York Jets. Vick will bring a tremendous amount of competition to the quarterback position which will either make or break Geno Smith. If Smith falters during training camp the Jets have a competent veteran quarterback in place that is able to win some games. If Smith takes his game to the next level, Michael will be a tremendous asset as a mentor to Geno.

Sanchez unceremoniously released?

Lost in the hoopla of the Vick signing is the fact the New York Jets waited until March 21st to release their former franchise quarterback. Mark Sanchez will now be facing a very limited market as most teams have already filled their quarterback needs.

It is a curious decision by the Jets as everyone knew that the team would be releasing Sanchez by March 25th, a date Mark was due a $2 million dollar roster bonus.