Michael Vick will not be playing for the Eagles this season.

Vick signed with the New York Jets Friday, thus ending his five-year stint in Philadelphia.

"It means a lot to have the chance to come in and play for a great organization that had a lot of success last year and being on the brink of doing some good things," Vick told NewYorkJets.com Friday. "Maybe I can come here and be an asset whenever my number's called. I'm excited, I'm elated, and I feel like this is a great opportunity for me and my family."

What number that is has yet to be decided.

Vick wore No. 7 with the Eagles and Atlanta Falcons. Second-year Jets quarterback Geno Smith wore that number last season as a rookie.

Vick and Smith will be competing for the starting job in training camp. He was not going to get that opportunity with the Eagles, who are committed to Nick Foles as their starter.

If the Eagles want to sign a veteran to be Foles' backup, they could opt for Mark Sanchez, who was released by the Jets earlier Friday. Other possibilities include Josh Freeman, Matt Flynn and Brady Quinn, not to mention Tim Tebow, who was Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper's roommate at the University of Florida.

By going to the Jets, Vick will be reunited with Marty Mornhinweg, who is beginning is second season as the Jets' offensive coordinator after coaching Vick for four seasons with the Eagles.

"We are excited to acquire Michael Vick," Mornhinweg told NewYorkJets.com. "He's a great talent who's won many games, including playoff games, in this league. He has the respect of both his teammates and opponents. He's here in a role where he’s going to compete and push Geno Smith to become the very best that he can be. Michael will be able to go in and play at a high level and a winning level if called upon."

That's if he can stay healthy, something he's been unable to do for most of his career.

Vick, who turns 34 in June, actually beat out Foles to win the Eagles' starting job last summer, but lost it after suffering a strained hamstring that limited him to six games.

Foles took advantage of his opportunity, throwing 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions while helping the Eagles win the NFC East with a 10-6 record and reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season. Foles was also the Most Valuable Player of the Pro Bowl.


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