NFL News: RB Chris Johnson & QB Mike Vick Sign With NY JETS
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the former 2,000-yard running back signed a two-year pact with the Jets with a base value of $8 million and an extra $1 million in available incentives, according to a source involved in the deal. ESPN first reported the news. The team later announced that Johnson had signed the contract via Twitter.
“I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder,” Johnson told The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt after the signing. “I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me.”
Vick’s one-year contract with the Jets is worth up to $5 million, according to ESPN.com. That contract is good news for Vick, but could turn out to be a risky move for the Jets. If Vick wins the starting job in New York, the Jets will have to pay him substantially more after 2014. It’s a win for Vick though because whether or not he starts in New York, he’ll have a chance to hit the free agent market next offseason.
“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 said early this evening. “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.”
“We are excited to acquire Michael Vick,” said offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who was Vick’s OC for four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. “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.”
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