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Even more teams say they don't want Vick

If the words of the teams that recently have said they aren’t interested in quarterback Mike Vick can be believed, even more teams can be added to the Anti-Vick List.

According to the Associated Press, the Bears, Raiders, and Titans can be added to the list.

The first and the third are significant, in our view, because Vick’s adviser and mentor, Tony Dungy, is close with Chicago coach Lovie Smith and Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher.  We previously have suggested that, if all else fails, someone with ties to Dungy will give Vick a shot.

Fisher left the door open a bit as to the question of whether the team could become interested in Vick if a need arises at the quarterback position.

“I’d have to cross that bridge when you come to it,” Fisher said.

Smith also seemed to imply that circumstances could change.

“I think Mike deserves a second chance, like everyone in society who
has paid their debt to society,” Smith said.  “He deserves a second
chance.  As far as we’re concerned, we like this team that we have right
now.”

Raiders coach Tom Cable was less equivocal.

“We like who we have, so let’s move forward,” Cable said.  “We
haven’t had that discussion because it’s not relevant to what we’re
trying to do and who we have.”

Still, the Commissioner’s decision to reinstate Vick has done little to persuade teams to take a chance on him.  Assuming that the teams who have said they aren’t interested in Vick are telling the truth, there aren’t many options left.

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26 Responses to “Even more teams say they don't want Vick”
  1. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jul 30, 2009 10:55 PM

    UFL time.

  2. Facts Domino says: Jul 30, 2009 11:04 PM

    0/32

  3. INVAIDUH says: Jul 30, 2009 11:04 PM

    How ’bout CFL time.

  4. doe22us says: Jul 30, 2009 11:10 PM

    As you say Florio, it only takes one to say yes

  5. AmhaTek says: Jul 30, 2009 11:10 PM

    I know your job is to report NFL news but I think this is a bit much. You’ve already said yourself that you don’t think any team that have any interest in Vick will come out and say it, so whats the point of contstantly posting that teams have “said” they don’t want Vick. How about you udpate the Anti-Vick list and just throw out a one liner every once in a while saying that the list is updated. And when you click on the team you can have a link that leads to every article that backs up that teams position on the list.

  6. Darth Ringo says: Jul 30, 2009 11:11 PM

    Gotta think Jeff Fisher is ONLY saying that to light a fire under Uncle Rico

  7. Dewvino says: Jul 30, 2009 11:18 PM

    I actually hope Vick goes to the UFL its a win win situation for both parties. UFL would get a huge jump in ratings if they even have there games on tv and i think I heard that they would pay Vick a million dollars to play and he would then be elgible for reinstatement after the UFL short season.

  8. JaggedMark says: Jul 30, 2009 11:19 PM

    And who’s gullible enough to believe all these teams? Not me.

  9. Burritto says: Jul 30, 2009 11:23 PM

    “Assuming that the teams who have said they aren’t interested in Vick are telling the truth, there aren’t many options left.”

  10. Burritto says: Jul 30, 2009 11:24 PM

    “Assuming that the teams who have said they aren’t interested in Vick are telling the truth, there aren’t many options left.”
    What a foolish thing that would be to ass-u-me.

  11. howie610eskin says: Jul 30, 2009 11:45 PM

    let the killer work at burger king

  12. Etl868 says: Jul 30, 2009 11:57 PM

    ROONEY WILL SIGN VICK AS A STEELER FOR POLITICAL REASONS
    I posted a similar comment on another post but wanted to highlight it here as well.
    Rooney has become the defacto czar for racial equality and opportunity in the NFL. His creation of the Rooney Rule has virtually catapulted him to sainthood in the NFL. Rumors has it that he chose to hire then relatively unknown Mike Tomlin over Russ Grimm who was heavily favored by Steeler insiders because of political reasons. He should practice (i.e. hire a black coach) what he preaches (i.e. Rooney Rule). So there is precedent for him to have his team make a personnel move based on politics.
    Now here comes Michael Vick trying to make it back in the NFL. The reason Rooney and race are involved with Michael Vick is because of the great divide between how white Americans and black Americans view Vick.
    To most whites, Vick is still evil. He is and will forever be a cold blood killer, even though he has served his sentence for his crime. He is viewed as a thug, a gang-banger and a felon who should never get a chance again in the NFL.
    However, to most blacks, Vick is the typical black man in American. He make mistakes in his young life and paid for the crime by doing time in the big house. And he is trying to get his life back by trying to earn a living at what he does best. Several black NFL players (T.O., Chris Johnson) have voiced how unfair it is that Vick still has to wait 6 wks into the regular season before he is allowed to play. And even very liberal Whoopie Goldberg came out on The View in support of Vick saying that dog fighting was a common part of black american culture.
    If Vick is not allowed to play in the NFL and is subsequently “blackballed” I would not be surprised if there was outrage from black america. To them, this would be the same story as usual. The White Man is keeping the black man down. Even after this black man has paid for his crime and done his time, he will not be allowed to earn a living at what he does best.
    Black America needs to see Michael Vick allowed to be back in the NFL and White America needs to see Michael Vick, if given this opportunity, they need to see him succeed without one misstep. This is where Rooney is going to be asked to step in. Whatever political equity he has for racial justice in the NFL will be tapped. Behind the scenes, I believe people like DeMaurice Smith, Roger Goodell, Tony Dungy, the NAACP, Jesse Jackson and maybe even Obama are going to ask the Steelers to take Vick into their team. They are telling him that Black America needs Vick to be given an opportunity, a second chance and White America needs to see Vick be a good citizen. And they are telling him that there is no better place for this to happen than with the Pittsburgh Steelers and there is no better person to facilitate this than Dan Rooney, the provider of racial equality and opportunity.
    Rooney knows that the Steelers do not need Vick but Vick would do well with the Steelers – as Mike Florio has previously detailed.
    So for reasons that go far above the X’s and O’s and above the GMs and player personnel directors, Michael Vick will become a Steeler.

  13. Dug says: Jul 31, 2009 12:07 AM

    Here’s to 32 teams taking a pass on Vick. (Pun intended)

  14. simonb says: Jul 31, 2009 12:38 AM

    no way he was reinstated without goddell knowing a few teams were interested

  15. botchedextrapoint says: Jul 31, 2009 1:04 AM

    A similar situation happened in Australia last AFL offseason over former star Ben Cousins. ben had been out of football for 18 months to rehab from drug addiction. Before his break he was one of the best players in the league. Every team avoided him like the plague till the absolute last minute before a desperate coach took a flier. The media circus was huge. The coach “resigned” a few weeks into season. Cousins was injured and has mainly been a non factor, certainly not the exciting player he once was. Moral of the story is, learn from the mistakes of others and don’t sign Vick. Even if you ride out the controversy he is still will not be worth it.

  16. sevendollarbologna says: Jul 31, 2009 1:35 AM

    Why is this crap even bieng posted? How about this idea: wait untill he signs somwhere, and then report it! It’s one big circle jerk! Jeez!

  17. rb9999 says: Jul 31, 2009 5:24 AM

    When you keep giving players second chances, then you are promoting bad behavior.
    Lets see:
    1) Maybe I wont get caught
    2) If I do get caught, I will get a second chance
    I might as well try it.

  18. BirdWeisErrr says: Jul 31, 2009 6:36 AM

    Errywhere he go peoples gone love Mike Vick.

  19. LovinBlue says: Jul 31, 2009 6:43 AM

    Etl868 – interesting perspective
    simonb – a cynic might say that’s exactly WHY he was reinstated… add insult to injury by letting him back in KNOWING that he can’t get a job anyway

  20. Big Vinny says: Jul 31, 2009 7:37 AM

    He could always get a part time job at PetsMart. Oh wait, he hosed that up too.

  21. empty13 says: Jul 31, 2009 9:41 AM

    darth has a point.
    bird does not. maybe blacks love him. 12% of the population does not a majority make.

  22. white america says: Jul 31, 2009 11:06 AM

    Etl868 Do you work for the Rooney family that you can speak for them? White America says put Vivk back where he belongs along side of Michael Jackson. Can’t wait to hear black america cry again.

  23. Dewey Axewound says: Jul 31, 2009 3:11 PM

    Dug says:
    July 31, 2009 12:07 AM
    Here’s to 32 teams taking a pass on Vick. (Pun intended)
    ___________________________________
    Here’s to 32 teams taking a PISS on Vick.
    For now, there’s still a little common sense and decency left in the world.

  24. Annuvin says: Jul 31, 2009 4:58 PM

    I believe people like DeMaurice Smith, Roger Goodell, Tony Dungy, the NAACP, Jesse Jackson and maybe even Obama are going to ask the Steelers to take Vick into their team. They are telling him that Black America needs Vick to be given an opportunity, a second chance and White America needs to see Vick be a good citizen.
    ————————————————-
    All I can say is that if President Obama wastes his valuable time trying to get a sadistic felon a job back on a professional sports team merely because he is black, then your country truly has no hope whatsoever.

  25. BtotheLT says: Jul 31, 2009 8:23 PM

    No way – he will be signed this year for sure.
    maybe Tampa Bay

  26. RaiderChic says: Aug 3, 2009 1:20 PM

    Elt868…Vick not playing football doesn’t have anything to do with race…so why place the race card? Oh and by the way Obama is 1/2 black 1/2 white.
    **If Vick is not allowed to play in the NFL and is subsequently “blackballed” I would not be surprised if there was outrage from black america. To them, this would be the same story as usual. The White Man is keeping the black man down. Even after this black man has paid for his crime and done his time, he will not be allowed to earn a living at what he does best**
    What he did to those dogs has everything to do with character…not race. “The White Man is keeping the black man down?? Are you FKM?? I could care less if he was green. Its about ethics and in my opinion he is as unethical as it gets. You say he be allowed to EARN a living at what he does best…why should he?? He had the chance and blew it. He was on top of the world and could have done anything he wanted and go anywhere in the world. He made the choice.
    I’m also tired of the way the media is presenting he didn’t have a good father figure growing up. BOO f’n Hoo…neither did I. But I grew up knowing I wouldn’t be the same way, I learned ON MY OWN what was right and wrong…I figured it out.
    Yes…he served his time. Not enough time if you ask me. I think society holds star sports players in too high regard and only gives them a slap on the wrist. He doesn’t get a 2nd chance in my book.
    Let him go to the Steelers…just give me a reason to dislike them even more.
    Future Vet
    Raider Chic

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