Quarterback Michael Vick's five-year tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles officially ended Friday.
Vick, who became an unrestricted free agent earlier this month, signed with the New York Jets.
"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 the Jets' website 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 Vick will wear with New York 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 his 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 the team's website. "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.
Vick originally signed with the Eagles in 2009 after serving a 21-month sentence in federal prison on charges relating to dogfighting. He spent his first season as a backup to Donovan McNabb and began 2010 as Kevin Kolb's backup, but took over the starting job when Kolb suffered a concussion in the 2010 season-opener against Green Bay.
"I want to personally wish Michael Vick and his family all the best as he heads into the next phase of his career in New York," said Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie in a statement.
"I really enjoyed getting to know him over the last five years. He always represented our team with a tremendous amount of class. Michael was a great teammate, a great leader and we're thankful for everything he provided to our organization and to our community."
Vick enjoyed an outstanding season that year, winning the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year. In recent years, however, he was sidelined by broken ribs, a concussion and a strained hamstring.
During his tenure with the Eagles, he completed 773 of 1,300 passes for 6,681 yards with 57 touchdown passes and 33 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,998 yards and 15 TDs on 298 carries.
Off the field, Vick received a key to Atlantic City in 2012 from then-mayor Lorenzo Langford after Vick made a trip to offer support to city residents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Earlier that same year, he hosted a charity golf tournament at Stone Harbor Golf Club in Middle Township to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs in Newport News, Va., his hometown.
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