Jets sign Michael Vick, release Mark Sanchez

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The New York Jets have signed quarterback Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez.

Quarterback Michael Vick was a free agent after playing the past five seasons with the Eagles.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Quarterback Michael Vick was a free agent after playing the past five seasons with the Eagles.

The Sanchez move comes as no surprise. He competed for the starting quarterback job with rookie Geno Smith last season in training camp, but the competition was cut short when Sanchez injured his right shoulder in a preseason game.

He missed all of last season recovering from surgery.

Vick was a free agent after playing for the Eagles for the past five seasons.

Sanchez threw for 12,092 yards and 68 touchdowns, with 69 interceptions, in 62 career games.

RAIDERS: Matt Schaub and Oakland are both hoping to put the mistakes of 2013 in the past.

The Raiders acquired Schaub from Houston for a draft pick, giving the quarterback a second chance after he lost his starting job with the Texans last season.

Schaub comes in as the presumptive starter ahead of Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin.

• Safety Charles Woodson officially signed a one-year contract to remain with the team.

STEELERS: Filled the void left by Jerricho Cotchery’s departure, signing former Saints wide receiver Lance Moore to a two-year deal.

PANTHERS: Bolstered two areas of need, signing cornerback Antoine Cason to a one-year contract and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood to a two-year deal. Financial terms were not released.

Cason is a six-year NFL veteran who played for Panthers coach Ron Rivera in San Diego when Rivera was the Chargers defensive coordinator.

Cason has played in 80 games with 49 career starts and is a potential replacement for starting cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, a former South Carolian standout who signed this off-season as a free agent with Minnesota.

COURTS: The estate of NFL Hall of Famer Mike Webster and dozens of former players suing the league over concussion injuries agreed Friday to pause their lawsuit to see if it will join other similar cases being reviewed by
a federal judge for settlement.

Webster’s estate and 65 former players and their families sued the NFL in February, claiming the league hid information about the seriousness of concussions and head injuries sustained during their careers.

Attorneys for the NFL and the plaintiffs filed a stipulation Friday to stay the case to see if it should join other concussion lawsuits currently assigned to a judge in Pennsylvania. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody is considering whether a $765 million settlement is enough to resolve all claims against the NFL for players who are dealing with dementia and other serious cognitive conditions caused by concussions sustained during their pro careers.


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