Michael Vick In It for the Money? Laments Not Being Starter Despite Signing as Jets Backup? [VIDEO]

Greg Archuleta
By Greg Archuleta @GeigaSr
on Jun 05, 2014 01:20 AM EDT
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Steelers backup QB Michael Vick. (Photo : Getty Images)

The more Michael Vick speaks, the more confusing he sounds.

Michael Vick says he has no intention of taking Geno Smith's job reported Tuesday that Vick laments not having a legitimate shot at the New York Jets starting quarterback job. The Jets intend to go into 2014 with Geno Smith as the starter and Vick as the backup, but Vick said he still considers himself a starter.

"It's hard not to," the 33-year-old Vick told NFL Media's Kimberly Jones. "I think, at times, it does hurt deep down that I'm not in that group (of the 32 starting QBs in the NFL). Everything happens for a reason, and maybe it's time for me to just kind of sit back and kind of appreciate what I'm going through now to make me a better quarterback in the future."

If Vick considers himself to be a starter, why did he sign with the Jets? Did the Jets mislead him about competing for a starting job when he signed? He has not mentioned that, and the Jets maintain that Vick understands his place on the team.

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"There is competition," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said, via as reported. "Now, it may not quite be like the competition we had last year where everything was 50-50. We're trying to continue the progression with Geno, and then have Mike ready to go. It's just that simple, and Mike knows the exact expectations and roles that he has, and Geno knows the exact expectations."

Or did Vick simply have five million reasons to sign with the Jets, which was the most important factor in his free agency?

Vick signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Jets after losing his job to Nick Foles in Philadelphia last season.

"I still feel like I have a couple years left," Vick said. "I still move pretty good, obviously the quarterback position is played from a mental standpoint, so I try to keep that in perspective, so if I keep doing that, then I think things will work out for me."

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