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Jets should avoid Michael Vick during NFL free agency

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New York Jets are one of many potential suitors for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, but here's why the Jets should pass at trying to get the dual-threat QB.

Since the end of the 2013 NFL regular season we have had plenty of rumors talking about whether Vick may leave the Eagles, to what we now understand will be an auction for Vick's services.

All will begin at 3pm EST Tuesday as the NFL free agency period opens its doors to the league.

There is the view that signing Vick will give current Gang Green QB Geno Smith the perfect tutoring, and that assessment makes some sense.

Out of all of the QB's in the NFL, Vick is the perfect player to teach Smith how to be successful in the league as a dual-threat signal caller.

Vick's stats speak of a player that has been successful in that department during his ten year pro league career.

The former Atlanta Falcons QB has a solid record of 58-48-1 in the NFL during that time, with his best passing seasons coming with the Eagles in 2009 and 2010.

In his first year with the Eagles, Vick achieved a 93.7 passing rating and he improved on that with a 100.2 rating in 2010, and he has a career rush per carry average of 7.1.

Vick really should be getting ready for his 13th NFL season in 2014, but the dog fighting scandal that put him behind bars prevented him from playing for two seasons.

This actually makes the Eagles QB an even more promising prospect for some potential NFL suitors.

However, this is exactly the reason why the Jets should avoid him during free agency.

Vick is not at the stage in his career at which he can accept being a number two QB.

That's what the Jets need and if they sign Vick they will get a player that could easily surpass Geno before the start of the 2014 season.

The 33-year-old won't win New York a Super Bowl ring, so the signing of him may improve short-term progress slightly, but only at the expense of Geno and the Jets long-term progression.

For the Jets to prosper in the next few years they have to find the perfect back-up QB that can help Smith and also play their back-up role without any issues.

Vick is not the man for that job as he will stunt Geno's growth. 

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