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Michael Vick, New York Jets sign one-year contract

The New York Jets moved quickly on Michael Vick during Friday's visit, belying general manager John Idzik's glacial reputation.

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Minutes after releasingMark Sanchez, the Jets announced the signing of Vick. The contract is for one year at $5 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source involved in the process.

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.

Vick, 33, not only has a major experience edge, but also offers a mastery of Marty Mornhinweg's offense after starting 36 games in four years under the former Eagles coordinator.

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.

*The latest "Around The League Podcast" discussed DeSean Jackson trade talks, played running back roulette, and welcomed Lance Briggs into the studio. *

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