Michael Vick Free Agency Rumors: Oakland Raiders Favored Over NY Jets Despite Mark Sanchez Release? Reggie McKenzie Target Veteran QB as Starter if Terrelle Pryor Traded

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Feb 26, 2014 12:35 PM EST
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) hurdles a player as he runs with the ball against the New York Giants in the first half during the game at MetLife Stadium."

Michael Vick is certainly hoping to be the quarterback gaining the most attention in free agency. The veteran has not been shy about his intentions to continue being a starter in the NFL despite many teams only viewing him as a backup at best. Vick is not in any position to be picky this offseason when it comes to signing with a team, but he might not have to be as the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets are both expressing interest while also presenting a chance to start in 2014.

The New York Jets appear to be the most likely team to land Vick in free agency. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the team is expressing legitimate interest in the veteran. This could easily be the perfect fit for Vick if he truly has the talent left to start.

The quarterback has a solid relationship with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg who worked with Vick for four seasons in Philadelphia. New York has yet to commit to a starter for next season. While Geno Smith showed signs of progress and potential last season, the Jets are keeping all of their options open. It appears Rex Ryan will enter training camp with another quarterback competition on his hands and a player like Vick will only increase those odds. The Jets are not looking to wait around while Smith develops. The team is in a win-now mode and could easily be willing to let Vick start if he shows the ability.

With Mark Sanchez on the verge of being released by the team, there is a roster spot open and a chance to start. It seems like a no-brainer for the quarterback. ESPN's Rich Cimini notes that Vick would be wise to sign with the Jets over another team. The Oakland Raiders have also shown some interest in the veteran and CBS's Jason La Canfora believes they might actually be the team that offers Vick the best chance at starting. Expect this argument to headline free agency.

Oakland is committed to no one at quarterback in 2014 and appear more open to the idea of bringing in a veteran as a stop-gap player this upcoming season. The Raiders are not in a position to land either of the two best quarterbacks in the draft which could lead them to sign a veteran for a year or two and wait for a rookie next season. Reggie McKenzie is trying to get the quarterback situation under control and is reportedly leaning towards a veteran as the better option. Since Vick is one of the best available, Oakland could be the better destination.  

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