The Jets have made the importance of competition known to Geno Smith and everyone else on the roster. So it comes as no surprise that Michael Vick is expected to visit Friday, and possibly into Saturday.
It reportedly will be Vick's first visit with any team since free agency began March 11. He remains the Jets' top quarterback choice after they lost out on former Bear Josh McCown, who signed a free-agent deal last week with the Bucs.
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Smith's camp fully expected the Jets to bring in a veteran presence this offseason. If the Jets sign Vick, he'll likely serve as both mentor and training-camp competition for Smith, as well as a viable starter if called upon. The former Eagle has a connection with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who was Philadelphia's offensive coordinator and assistant head coach from 2006-12.
Vick, who will be 34 in June, lost the Eagles' starting job last season to Nick Foles after being injured in a Week 5 win over the Giants.
After five seasons with the Eagles, Vick is looking for a new home, but he's taking his time when it comes to deciding his future.
"Mike is relaxed about the process,'' Vick's spokesman, Chris Shigas, said. "He's letting his agent work for him, and he's confident he'll be signed with a great team for 2014.
"Mike's keeping an open door on everything. He's not closing a door on any opportunity. He's being very patient."
Vick, however, has made it clear he wants to be a starter. If he does end up signing with the Jets, a potential quarterback controversy could ensue if Smith struggles early on.
Guard Willie Colon praised Smith's development as a rookie last season, yet stressed that he has to improve for the Jets to be successful. Although Colon said he fully supports Smith, he's also on board with the signing of Vick.
"It is all arrows up when it comes to that situation,'' said Colon, who re-signed with the Jets Wednesday. "Competition helps everybody. Bottom line, any time you have two guys competing for the same spot, all it does is heighten the team's effort. It will play out how it is going to play out.''
Mark Sanchez still is a Jet, but the team's starting quarterback from 2009-12 is expected to be released before Tuesday, the day he's due to earn his $2-million roster bonus.
With Bob Glauber