Michael Vick, Mark Sanchez

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Tim Tebow wasn't the guy, but the New York Jets are thinking Michael Vick might be.

The Jets released quarterback Mark Sanchez after an injury-riddled 2013 season that culminated in the team missing the playoffs for the third straight year. The No. 5 draft pick in 2009, Sanchez led the team to two AFC Championship game appearances.

The GQ cover hunk's exit comes as no surprise, however, after he sat out all of last season with a bum shoulder that required surgery.

Also not that surprising is the Jets' reluctance to hand the keys to the offense entirely over to Geno Smith after he led them to a respectable, but not playoff-bound, 8-8 finish in Sanchez's absence.

So, in comes Vick, who started his supposed-to-be-illustrious career with the Atlanta Falcons, only to wind up in jail for his role in a dog-fighting ring before rebounding with the Philadelphia Eagles. He became a free agent in the off-season and was considered the best quarterback on the market.

"It's official. We've signed QB Michael Vick," the Jets tweeted.

Per ESPN, the Jets will save $8.3 million in salary space by unloading Sanchez.

"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 reporters 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."

"Make no mistake about it, Geno Smith is going to be hard to beat out, no matter who we add," coach Rex Ryan said after the signing.

Vick will be playing alongside the Jets' other new recent big-deal hire, wide receiver and Eric & Jessie: Game On star Eric Decker, who signed a five-year, $36.25 million deal last week.

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