It's not guaranteed starter money, but even the best backups don't typically earn $5 million.
The Jets' brass already had planned to give Vick an opportunity to compete with Geno Smith for the starting job before the former Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons quarterback even stepped in the door.
Idzik presaged the signing in Thursday's press conference.
"Whenever you have inside knowledge on a player, with a coach who has worked with them, a player who has played with them, there's some member of your staff that has been around that player for a while -- that is a tremendous advantage," Idzik said. "There is less projection. Especially if you're dealing with a position that entails a lot."
Although Idzik hand-picked Smith in the second round of last year's draft, Vick should be viewed as the favorite to start the season opener on a team that features a defensive front seven ready to win now.
If Idzik can pull off a trade to reunite DeSean Jackson with Vick, he might just challenge the Patriots' stranglehold on the AFC East -- and inject a dynamic element to his reputation in one fell swoop.