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Michael Vick to challenge for Jets starting spot if he signs

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Michael Vick could be the New York Jets' starting quarterback in 2014 if he is offered a contract, according to the Metro New York.

The 33-year-old is currently a free agent and comes with plenty of baggage - however the Jets have invited him for a visit with a view of potentially offering him a contract.

Last season rookie Geno Smith struggled badly to inspire his team - throwing 3,046 yards and 21 interceptions in 16 regular season games.

It was initially believed that the Jets were looking at Vick with a view of providing some experienced back up for Smith and to help develop his game.

However according to Metro New York's Kristian Dyer, the New York franchise are willing to let the pair fight it out for the starting spot in the 2014 campaign.

"Nothing beyond that is guaranteed," the Jets source told Dyer. "Geno has a bright future. We certainly drafted him thinking he can start in this league and he did last year.

"But competition is important to this franchise and Michael will know that if he comes here, he will be expected to compete. That will be our message."

Smith was thrown in at the deep end last season having replaced Mark Sanchez who was missing through injury.

If the Jets do sign Vick it is unlikely to be a popular decision with the team's fans. the former Philadelphia Eagles QB was convicted of financing and taking part in a dog fighting ring in 2007.

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