The New York Jets signed Michael Vick and cut Mark Sanchez, adding a veteran backup quarterback while ending an up-and-down five-year relationship with the passer who led them to two conference title games.
Michael Vick, Eric Decker and Jairus Byrd are among the free agents who stand to benefit from the National Football League’s 8.1 percent salary cap jump to $133 million per team, the sport’s biggest increase since 2006.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was traded to the San Francisco 49ers by the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Pro Bowl pass rushers DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers were released on the opening day of the National Football League’s free-agent period.
Peyton Manning recorded his first National Football League playoff win in four years, helping the Denver Broncos set up a showdown with the New England Patriots and Tom Brady for a spot in the Super Bowl.
The Seattle Seahawks captured their first Super Bowl since joining the National Football League in 1976 with a 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos, the biggest margin of victory by an underdog in the game’s 48-year history.