Mehta is reporting that the Jets will look to trade Mark Sanchez in the offseason and then try to woo Vick to the Big Apple after his departure.
— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 20, 2012
Mehta is also reporting that Jets head coach Rex Ryan is a huge fan of Vick.
Rex Ryan is X-factor for Jets' landing Michael Vick. Rex has always had affinity for Vick. "(Ryan) loves him," a Jets official told me #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 20, 2012
This news is sudden but not shocking. The Jets know they can't move forward with Mark Sanchez, or even Greg McElroy, as their starting quarterback.
Trading Sanchez will be difficult, though. The 25-year-old is due a staggering $8.25 million next season, so New York will certainly have to eat some of his contract if they are to find a suitor for the former first-round pick.
Cutting Sanchez isn't an option either, as the Jets would be sacrificing $17 million to the quarterback if they went that route.
If the Jets do manage to ship Sanchez out of New York, is Michael Vick a good fit?
The Eagles are expected to cut Vick this offseason as they begin a rebuilding phase in Philly. Vick will have suitors, but the mass media market of New York may sway him to come to Gang Green.
There are several cons about Vick, most notably his age and durability.
Vick is getting up there in age, as he will be 33 years old when preseason hits next season. However, a couple years away from football certainly improves his chances of not falling apart as he moves towards his mid-30s.
The former Pro Bowler is also extremely injury-prone, as his aggressive-running style of play leads to constant big hits from bigger defensive players. If the Jets bring him in, they would still need to have a capable backup in case Vick becomes injury-riddled once again.
Turnovers have also been a problem for the former Falcons star, as he fumbles way too often and sometimes forces throws to well-covered receivers.
Despite the obvious cons of bringing in Vick, there are some pretty big pros as well.
Firstly, Vick is a dynamic talent who can make big plays out of seemingly doomed plays. He has a relatively strong arm, and he has lightning speed when in the open field.
Vick would add an explosiveness that the Jets offense has lacked in recent years. He would drastically improve the running game, as the threat of Vick taking off would surely open up holes for New York running backs.
With a solid offensive line and decent receiving corps, Vick's upside is tremendous.
In all, bringing in Vick would be an extremely risky decision, as he could crash out and burn and delay the Jets' rebuilding process a few more years.
However, with the explosive Vick under center, the ceiling is endless for the Jets.
With a dominant defense, the returns of stars such as Santonio Holmes and Darrelle Revis and a new offensive coordinator calling the plays, Vick could lead a renaissance in the Big Apple.