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Vick says he's "getting close" to finding a new team

As he exited a Thursday hearing in his never-ending federal bankruptcy case, Mike Vick said he’s “getting close” to finding a new team, according to the Associated Press.

Vick declined to give any other details.

The quarterback and his representatives have remained completely silent regarding the teams that are (or aren’t) showing interest in Vick.  This could prompt some to conclude that there are no interested teams.  But we think the reality is that any team that has contacted Vick’s agent, Joel Segal, has made it clear that, if any news of the team’s interest leaks before a final decision is made, the pursuit will immediately end.

As a practical matter, interested teams will need some time to do their due diligence on Vick, especially since it only became apparent within the last week that he’d be available to officially join an NFL team as soon as this week.

Realistically, the team that signs Vick will have:  (1) built a sufficient consensus within the building that it makes sense to pursue Vick; (2) kicked his tires from a physical standpoint, checking out his running/throwing abilities via a covert workout; (3) gauged the likely local fa and media reaction to the acquisition; (4) consulted with sponsors who might have to take some heat from the PETA crowd once word breaks of Vick’s arrival; and (5) determined whether any players or key employees will raise a large, public stink if Vick becomes a colleague.

It also might be wise, once everything else is in place, to float a trial balloon 24-to-48 hours before the formal signing in order to see whether the news will spark the kind of firestorm that might cause the team to back off.

Meanwhile, teams are otherwise negotiating rookie deals and getting ready for training camp.  So, basically, there simply might not be enough time to get the planets lined up to permit an expedited decision on Vick — unless a team foolishly decides to give short shrift to one or more of  the factors outlined above.

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43 Responses to “Vick says he's "getting close" to finding a new team”
  1. Terrell Blowens says: Jul 30, 2009 12:44 PM

    He didn’t specify if it was an NFL team though

  2. Dewey Axewound says: Jul 30, 2009 12:46 PM

    I hope that new team is in the CFL.
    Whoever it is better get ready for all-holy-hell to break loose.

  3. whodey says: Jul 30, 2009 12:49 PM

    I think that Cleveland should sign Vick so he can be in the dog pound…

  4. TheVillain112 says: Jul 30, 2009 12:49 PM

    Vick to the Steelers would be my guess.

  5. South FL says: Jul 30, 2009 12:50 PM

    I can’t wait to see MV play… I just hope its not with the Patty’s…

  6. Will says: Jul 30, 2009 12:52 PM

    Please not the Redskins, please not the Redskins, unless he’s willing to return punts, please not the Redskins…..

  7. FinFan says: Jul 30, 2009 12:54 PM

    Just give up and join a UFL team and kick it old school

  8. whodathunkit says: Jul 30, 2009 12:56 PM

    Prediction:
    It’s either the Jags, Saints, or Steelers.
    Jags/Saints are in the South – not as much scrutiny.
    Steelers are, well, the Steelers, and they are teflon because of the SB.
    Jags – insurance.
    Saints, goal line QB
    Steelers – invented slash

  9. Chris Fiorentino says: Jul 30, 2009 12:58 PM

    Glad to see that GM Florio has given his set-in-stone keys to signing Michael Vick. And if any GM decides not to follow HIS keys to the number, they are “foolish”. Ever stop to think that maybe YOU are the fool, Florio?

  10. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 30, 2009 1:13 PM

    So how long until we get PFT updates about planes leaving from wherever the hell Vick is right now?

  11. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Jul 30, 2009 1:19 PM

    Dear PFT, though I may be in the minority, I feel that dogfighting is wholesome, educational, family entertainment for kids of all ages.
    There’s nothing quite like taking the wife and kids to an exciting Saturday night dogfight, watching the glee in my children’s eyes while two vicious, hulking canine beasts, their muscles rippling with adrenaline, tear each other to pieces, fighting to their glorious deaths in the pit like latter-day animal gladiators.
    The excitement builds when the dogmen arrive after sundown; often driving expensive SUVs pulling custom trailers containing their prized fighting dogs. One by one the contenders are led from the trailers while others look on in admiration, some among them wishing that they too were dogmen. Others size up the contenders, determining the amount they will place in bets.
    Bookmakers, quickly jotting odds on small chalkboards, start collecting money as enthusiastic bettors yell, “Two thousand on Imperator,” or “Put me down for five hundred bucks on Lucky Lady.”
    Victory or death is the nature of the sport of dogfighting, each dogman, thousands invested in the breeding, training and care of his fighter, petting and giving his beloved champion animal encouragement before they are placed in the pit. A referee is in the pit before the fight; his job is to start the contest by placing the dogs within fighting distance of each other, once the fight starts, the referee exits the pit and joins in the amusement.

  12. zygi milf says: Jul 30, 2009 1:38 PM

    whodathunkit says:
    July 30, 2009 12:56 PM
    Prediction:
    It’s either the Jags, Saints, or Steelers.
    Jags/Saints are in the South – not as much scrutiny.
    Steelers are, well, the Steelers, and they are teflon because of the SB.
    Jags – insurance.
    Saints, goal line QB
    Steelers – invented slash
    *********
    It will be the Jaguars. After he signs and the team alienates the few fans they have, they can use Vick’s dead dog skins for the new tarp to cover up the rest of the second deck.

  13. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jul 30, 2009 1:43 PM

    If this Douche is allowed to play I hope that he gets the same treatment that he dished out to his dogs. If he fumbles or throws a pick he gets hung by his nards and gets electrocuted.
    I can’t believe the NFL would allow this POS to return.

  14. BenRapistberger says: Jul 30, 2009 1:46 PM

    Pats imo.
    If anyone asks, you fixed my TV.

  15. dbennett3899 says: Jul 30, 2009 1:47 PM

    What Vick did is horrible, trust me…but I find it interesting that most people are treating Vick worse then Donte Stallworth and he killed a man! Its a crazy system. Two years for animal cruelty and 29 days for killing a human…Where’s the justice?

  16. soupman237 says: Jul 30, 2009 1:50 PM

    HAHAHAAHHAHAAAAAAA! Thats funny!!
    GO VICK!!!!

  17. penguininbondage says: Jul 30, 2009 1:53 PM

    That just aint right.
    For whatever team signs this piece of shit I will not buy any product of any company that sponsors them. This is the only message teams will understand.
    I am not some vegan or peta freak. I love meat slathered in sauce….MMMMMM,,,sauce.
    I helped rescue pits some years back and was involved with the Damon Moore case in Philly. Truste me when I say that people that engage in this are slime.

  18. ZN0rseman says: Jul 30, 2009 2:13 PM

    Any team that will take on Vick had better be in a position that they can lose half of their fanbase or better.
    Why? Because I can’t see anyone except the dumbest, most ghetto people rooting for Vick at this point.

  19. Commodity Trade Alert says: Jul 30, 2009 2:14 PM

    VIKINGS!

  20. longrodvanhungendong says: Jul 30, 2009 2:44 PM

    Why is he bankrupt anyway? Seriously, was there some investments or business plans that didn’t work out? Did he gamble the money away? Or does he still have plenty of money/property…..that is no longer in “his” name?

  21. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Jul 30, 2009 2:45 PM

    penguininbondage —Your short money doesn’t matter to these corporations the same way your one vote doesn’t matter to the nation. MV7!

  22. culpepperTOmoss says: Jul 30, 2009 2:48 PM

    ZNorseman and Fan or four you guys are idiots

  23. zygi milf says: Jul 30, 2009 2:50 PM

    dbennett3899 says:
    July 30, 2009 1:47 PM
    What Vick did is horrible, trust me…but I find it interesting that most people are treating Vick worse then Donte Stallworth and he killed a man! Its a crazy system. Two years for animal cruelty and 29 days for killing a human…Where’s the justice?
    ***********
    Who are you talking about? Neither of them got two years for animal cruelty.
    I wish there was a way to get into the brains of dumb people and insert facts and remove stupidity. How many times does it need to be repeated?…. Michael Vick DID NOT serve any prison time for animal cruelty and/or killing dogs.

  24. waterboy says: Jul 30, 2009 3:07 PM

    Detroit, Minnesota, Buffalo, Houston, Tenn, Jacksonville, Dallas, or Arizona. Take your pick!

  25. empty13 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:18 PM

    i dont see detroit houston tn jax dallas or az.
    minnehaha, buffalo despite denial, tb, sf.
    vick was in the can for gambling/racketeering.
    crooked black pol poindexter made sure he actually never saw a day in jail for dogfighting.

  26. ufzo says: Jul 30, 2009 3:20 PM

    good for you vick……i hope all you racist pigs…jump off a building when he joins a team so get ready because it WILL HAPPEN!!!!!!!!

  27. deeZnutZ07 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:22 PM

    ZN0rseman says:
    July 30, 2009 2:13 PM
    Any team that will take on Vick had better be in a position that they can lose half of their fanbase or better.
    Why? Because I can’t see anyone except the dumbest, most ghetto people rooting for Vick at this point.
    ***********
    Come on, America is made up of nothing but dumb ghetto people! Thanks for your EDUCATED GUESS of how huge the fanbase loss will be for a franchise. Obviously the guys with the beerhats and extra schmedium jerseys in the home endzone are the classiest of all fans in the stadium. End point, people want their football team to win regardless of how dumb or ghetto they are.
    Have you ever watched a football game or did you just get a new HP and learn what blogging was? Football players are not role models and never will be. If you want morals go to a gentlemans game like cricket.
    Sincerely yours,
    Dumb and Ghetto People Alliance

  28. Jackal138 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:24 PM

    Florio, why is it that you say the PETA crowd, as if only people associated with crazy PETA people are going to care if dogs are raped/electrocuted?
    I don’t follow the bleeding hearts of PETA, I love meat and think that animal testing to benefit human life is fully justified. I just don’t like thugs torturing animals for their own sick amusement. I don’t like getting lumped in with the likes of PETA, and I’m sure people like me don’t, either.

  29. Raiders757 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:25 PM

    Rumor on the streets here in his home town, is that he’s signed up with the Newport News City Flag Football League, but no team has been disclosed at this time. Seven time league champions, Denbigh Dawgs, claimed that they would not be interested in his services.

  30. fathill1981 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:28 PM

    Send Vick to Minnesota!!!!! He would fit right in with the rest of the criminals on the team!!!!!!
    Hope to see you here Vick

  31. golongboyee says: Jul 30, 2009 3:34 PM

    The only thing dumber than a dumb person, is someone who CALLS somebody dumb and is dumber than them (i.e. zigi)
    Hey Dumb S*(t, nobody said Stallworth was convicted of animal cruelty……..but what do you think Vick went to jail for moron……..parking tickets!!!!
    Are YOU really this stupid?????

  32. Raiders757 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:37 PM

    @ ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc
    You forgot to mention the drugs that get sold at the concession stand, as well as the gambling loans and such. Don’t forget about the beatings for those who don’t pay their debts. Sometime they have them as an opening act to remind the audience that you don’t screw over the house. If your lucky, they’ll even break into your home, shoot you, and leave you for dead. They also advertise with public beatings of those who forgot to pay the house back, and pass out fliers to the next show.
    It’s all in good fun. :-)

  33. lskynard87 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:40 PM

    Just curious … Chiefs?
    That’d be interesting.

  34. Ralph says: Jul 30, 2009 3:44 PM

    The biggest difference between Stallworth and Vick…
    Stallworth wasn’t driving around drunk looking for someone to kill with his car. He did something incredibly stupid that cost another foolish person his life(you gotta look before you cross).
    Vick knew exactly what he was doing and showed no compassion for those dogs.
    Add to this that most dogs are better people than the majority of humans and you can see why this upsets people so much.
    If Minnesota had actually landed Butt Farte, I would have grumbled alot, but I still would have rooted for my team every sunday. IF they bring in Vick, I write the season off and hope he’s gone next year. I believe he’s served his time and has the right to pursue a career in football. I also have the right to support the team as I see fit. I will not root for a dog killer. Hell, I walk out of movies if they kill the dog and that’s not even real. No way I support my team if they put this dirt bag on the field.

  35. Bob Nelson says: Jul 30, 2009 3:52 PM

    Minnesota is most desperate for any kind of a QB.
    Vick will have no problem being their starter.
    No worries about protests, the ownership group doesn’t live in Minnesota.
    They have to do something to generate publicity.
    Vick will be a great fit in Minnesota.

  36. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 30, 2009 4:00 PM

    # ZN0rseman says: July 30, 2009 2:13 PM
    Any team that will take on Vick had better be in a position that they can lose half of their fanbase or better.
    ————————————————–
    Sounds like a perfect fit for the Vikings then. Losing half of a non-existent fan base that can’t even sellout their first home playoff game in 10 years isn’t much of a net loss. Plus, it will make it that much easier for Wilf to move the team to LA in 2011 like he most surely will do.

  37. jwill007 says: Jul 30, 2009 4:06 PM

    Pitt, San Fran, Minnesota, or Indy………1 of these 4

  38. zygi milf says: Jul 30, 2009 4:09 PM

    golongboyee says:
    July 30, 2009 3:34 PM
    The only thing dumber than a dumb person, is someone who CALLS somebody dumb and is dumber than them (i.e. zigi)
    Hey Dumb S*(t, nobody said Stallworth was convicted of animal cruelty……..but what do you think Vick went to jail for moron……..parking tickets!!!!
    Are YOU really this stupid?????
    *******
    Vick went to jail for illegal gambling, not for killing dogs. And – re-read dbennett3899′s comment and then my comment. I was asking that d-bag WHO he was talking about, since NEITHER of them served time for animal cruelty/killing dogs. Do I have to spell it out? If everyone had to spell out everything for some of the half-wits that come to this site, each comment would be two pages long.
    Are YOU really that stupid?

  39. butterk2 says: Jul 30, 2009 4:46 PM

    If you really want to end dog fighting than Vick playing in the NFL is probably the best way to bring light to the subject. Bottom line is whether sincere or not he will be an example of what can happen if you engage in the activity and will probably spend a lot of time “rallying” against it. It doesn’t matter what his motives are if the results are positive, it is a good thing.

  40. screaming sheep says: Jul 30, 2009 6:00 PM

    A certain former NFL player with the same agent says its Baltimore. Get Wilson on this Florio.

  41. golongboyee says: Jul 30, 2009 7:04 PM

    ZIGI aka DUMBA$$………..
    1)Vick received a dogfighting conviction which was based on the cruelty displayed towards animals…………not because of the gambling aspect………can you read?????
    2) here is dbennett’s posting so you can MIS-read it again. He specifically states the reason Stallworth was arrested (I highlighted it for the morons in the crowd)
    dbennett3899 says:
    July 30, 2009 1:47 PM
    What Vick did is horrible, trust me…but I find it interesting that most people are treating Vick worse then DONTE STALLWORTH AND HE KILLED A MAN! Its a crazy system. Two years for animal cruelty and 29 days for killing a human…Where’s the justice?
    How much simplier do we need to get for idiots like you??????

  42. Etl868 says: Jul 30, 2009 10:46 PM

    Here are the teams that have not yet come out publically to say that they are not interested in Vick.
    new england
    pittsburgh
    cleveland
    baltimore
    jacksonville
    tennessee
    denver
    san diego
    chicago
    green bay
    new orleans
    arizona
    I think Chicago is out because they just got Cutler and the last thing they want to do is bring another QB in to take the headlines.
    I think Denver is out because they have had enough controversy already. They definitely do not need more.
    Arizona is out because they have a soft fan base and are too scared to upset them even a little.
    Tennessee is out because they have Vince Young who is a clone of Vick.
    That leaves:
    new england
    pittsburgh
    cleveland
    baltimore
    jacksonville
    san diego
    green bay
    new orleans
    Out of those, I think Baltimore or New Orleans is the favorite to get Vick.

  43. Etl868 says: Jul 30, 2009 11:08 PM

    DOES ROONEY TAKE VICK FOR THE STEELERS BECAUSE OF THE RACE ANGLE?
    The famous Rooney Rule has virtually catapulted Dan Rooney to sainthood in the NFL. It was rumored that he may have chosen Mike Tomlin over Russ Grimm for head coach even when people inside the organization were pushing for Grimm because it would set a good example of how he is practicing what he is preaching. And look how great that has worked out.
    Now Michael Vick is trying to return to the NFL and there is a huge divide on how White-America and how Black-America view him. Vick is still reviled by a huge amount of white Americans. Despite “doing his time” it would be safe to say that most white Americans still have not forgiven him for his heinous crimes against animals. They will forever see him as a thug, a gang-banger, a felon that does not deserve a second chance.
    However, it is my guess that most black Americans see Vick differently. They view him as a common, typical black man who made a mistake in his young life and is now trying to rebuild that life up. They acknowledge that he did something very wrong but point to how he has paid for his crime. Many black NFL players have vocally come to Vick’s defense (T.O., Chris Johnson, etc…) and Whoopie Goldberg came to his defense even when this story broke 2 yrs ago. If Vick is “blackballed” by the NFL, they will view it as racist business as usual – The White Man keeping the black man down while white guys like Steve “Cokehead” Howe gets 7 chances to earn a living.
    This is where Rooney steps in. He was recently named Ambassador to Ireland by our first black president.. He has earned an image as a white man in power that most blacks trust. And I believe, he will be and may already have been approached by political powers behind the scene (DeMaurice Smith, Goodell, NAACP, Jesse Jackson, etc… and maybe even Obama) to have the Steelers allow Vick to return to the NFL.
    Yes, he knows that the Steelers do not need Vick but Vick needs the Steelers and Black-America needs to see Michael Vick get a second chance … and succeed. There is no place for him to succeed better than the Steelers.
    I see Michael Vick signing with the Steelers due to powers much higher than GMs or player personnel managers. MICHAEL VICK WILL BE A STEELER BECAUSE OF POLITICAL REASONS!

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