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Report: High level Packer visited Vick

It’s possible, even likely, that a handful of NFL teams have extensively researched the possibility of adding Michael Vick.

The Packers, though, are the only ones we know about for sure.  And their interest appears more than cursory.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports said in a recent interview that the Packers sent a “high-level” personnel man to meet with Vick.  (Robinson confirmed the news to PFT.)

An interview would appear to be taking a step beyond due diligence, but Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel credits sources that say a signing isn’t imminent.

At this stage, Green Bay’s interest is in a “holding pattern.”  Silverstein writes there is no reason to believe that the Packers “will do anything beyond discussing the pros and cons of
bringing in one of the most dynamic offensive players of his time.”

That could change depending on how Green Bay’s young backup quarterbacks develop.

There have been mixed reviews regarding ’08 seventh-round pick Matt Flynn’s development, but second-round selection Brian Brohm has a lot to prove.  He had a miserable rookie year, and there hasn’t been any progress reported this offseason.  Flynn looks like the backup. 

If the Packers aren’t comfortable with Flynn and Brohm after watching them in the preseason, they will be well equipped to make a decision about adding Vick.

Vick clearly would have no shot at ever supplanting Aaron Rodgers, but it would be a chance to get back into the NFL and rehab his image.  The Packers wouldn’t enter into such an agreement lightly, knowing that it could cause a distraction to the team.

Still, the players seem supportive of the move.

After saying that Aaron Rodgers was the clear leader of the team, wideout Donald Driver said that “guys would open their arms up to [Vick] and respect him like a normal man.”

Cornerback Charles Woodson says the team is was built to handle any distraction after the Brett Favre saga and sounded open to the possibility.  Safety Nick Collins agrees, and is in favor of bringing in Vick.

Collins points out that G.M. Ted Thompson made the unpopular decision to roll with Aaron Rodgers, and it proved correct. 

“[Thompson is] going to make the right decision. He’s not going to shrimp out
because of someone else’s opinion. If he thinks it’s going to help this
team, he’s going to pull that trigger,” Collins said.

We agree with Collins. If the Packers truly felt that Vick was be the best option available for their backup spot, they have prepared themselves enough to make the move.

Flynn could put the issue to rest with a monster preseason, but the Packers can’t be ruled out as a potential Vick landing spot.

It looks like that’s the closest thing to a positive NFL job lead that Vick has.

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39 Responses to “Report: High level Packer visited Vick”
  1. misterj says: Aug 8, 2009 3:23 PM

    Mike McCarthy and the Packers are probably the only team that could save Vick. Recall that MM returned Favre to his mid-90′s MVP form and made Rodgers less of a Tedford QB and more of an NFL QB. Vick probably wouldn’t see the field often.
    I still think he’s a waste of a roster spot for them, though.

  2. JoeSixPack says: Aug 8, 2009 3:27 PM

    I think he’d probably have to be high, don’t you think?

  3. BeardedAxe says: Aug 8, 2009 3:46 PM

    No surprise here. The packers have a long history of hiring criminals to be a part of their organization. Vick won’t even stand out on their long list of felons.
    After teams have figured out rodgers like the saints did last year they might need a new starting QB.

  4. Shackman v2.0 says: Aug 8, 2009 3:49 PM

    I just can’t wrap my head around the whole “Vick will be such a great QB and bring a dynamic presence when he returns” crap. He wasn’t all that great the last time he was in the league. It’s seems that a lot people conveniently forget the fact that he’s been out of football for the last two years.
    I don’t care if Driver and Collins say that Vick would be welcomed with open arms in the clubhouse. We love our dogs here in Wisconsin and he isn’t going to get a warm welcome if that prick Ted Thompson chooses to sign him for a test drive.

  5. BigBear says: Aug 8, 2009 3:50 PM

    Rogers made them look good with the Favre move. Favre failing horribly in the second half almost made Thompson look like a genius. Favre decision was mainly unpopular in Green Bay area, Vick is nationwide.
    Not comparable distractions.
    Check out this site dedicated to encouraging NFL players to make life
    rough for Vick if he returns.
    http://www.smackmyvickup.com

  6. empty13 says: Aug 8, 2009 3:57 PM

    i think the fans are over the favre/t2 imbroglio.
    why open up a new wound?

  7. stetai says: Aug 8, 2009 3:57 PM

    They should bring Vick in the fourth quarter of every game so Aaron Rodgers won’t blow it like he did in all 10 of the Packers losses last year.

  8. ShimSham says: Aug 8, 2009 4:00 PM

    “After teams have figured out rodgers like the saints did last year they might need a new starting QB. ”
    That’s one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve read. So yeah, the first time a quarterback has a particularly bad game, he’s suddenly been “figured out” and can’t achieve the success he once had. Yeah, the first time Peyton Manning had a 3 INT game he was figured out and never had success again.

  9. misterj says: Aug 8, 2009 4:00 PM

    smackmyvickup.com owns. Yeahhh let’s kill his career for our barbaric personal justice systems.

  10. FumbleNuts says: Aug 8, 2009 4:12 PM

    Green bay would be a good fit for Vick and the “wild cat” plays.

  11. BeardedAxe says: Aug 8, 2009 4:13 PM

    # ShimSham says: August 8, 2009 4:00 PM
    That’s one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve read. So yeah, the first time a quarterback has a particularly bad game, he’s suddenly been “figured out” and can’t achieve the success he once had. Yeah, the first time Peyton Manning had a 3 INT game he was figured out and never had success again.
    _________________________________
    Not near as ridiculous as comparing Rodgers to one of the best QBs of all time.
    Now that all the teams have tape on Rodgers they will be able to terrorize him and use his weaknesses against him. Saints, Bucs, Vikings, and Titans all were able to make him look like the second rate QB he really is.

  12. Bob Loblaw says: Aug 8, 2009 4:40 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I hope the Packers do sign Michael Vick. He brings nothing to their team. The Wildcat fad is overrated. Now that every team is installing it, every defense is practicing against it and it won’t have near the effect this year than any other gimmick or trick play.
    So what to do with Vick? First of all they’d have to cut either Matt Flynn or Brian Brohm (Flynn may make the practice squad if eligible, but someone would claim Brohm based on youth and potential). Cut Flynn and you’re trusting Brohm will improve after looking like the bust many projected him to be when he fell out of Round 1. Cut Brohm and Thompson looks bad for wasting a 2nd round pick in a draft where he traded out of the 1st round. Keep 4 QBs and depth and special teams will be hurt.
    Also Vick isn’t a West Coast offense QB — that is as much a reason the Vikings didn’t try to get him as the negative PR. You develop an offense around Aaron Rogers, you need a similar style QB backing him up. I just don’t see him executing the Packers offense at QB and just running the ball instead of waiting on Jennings or Driver to get open.
    And finally he would be divisive. Maybe not in the locker room, but among the fan base. Then players will be in the uncomfortable situation of having to side with a teammate over the fan base. Then if Vick comes in and doesn’t perform well, the players may then start to publicly side with the fans and question Thompson for bringing him in.
    And finally Packer fans do not like to admit that one of their own is a scum bag as much as they like to point out those on other teams who are (and every team has a handful). So by signing Vick, Packer fans will have to admit that their team will overlook character concerns as much, if not more, than any other team in the NFL. There’s just no way to defend this guy’s character.

  13. SpartaChris says: Aug 8, 2009 4:42 PM

    BeardedAxe says:
    August 8, 2009 4:13 PM
    Not near as ridiculous as comparing Rodgers to one of the best QBs of all time.
    Now that all the teams have tape on Rodgers they will be able to terrorize him and use his weaknesses against him. Saints, Bucs, Vikings, and Titans all were able to make him look like the second rate QB he really is.
    ======================================
    You obviously spent no time watching him last season. He injured his shoulder against the bucks, but had a strong showing against the Titans and put us in a spot to win against the Vikes the second time we played them. Last I checked, he doesn’t kick the field goals.
    He stunk it up bad against the Saints. Played OK (Read: Not great but not horrible) against the other teams you mentioned. And put up killer yards and a solid passer rating for a guy starting his first year. So he’s not quite as bad as you’d like to think.

  14. bigjoey46us says: Aug 8, 2009 4:57 PM

    So if/when Vick comes back does that mean he will run the “wild dog” offense instead of the “wild cat”? Just wondering….

  15. The Others says: Aug 8, 2009 5:02 PM

    The Packers have a very stand up club and I think they truely understand what a talent Vick is and about forgiving a man who has paid every price the justice system and the NFL has asked of him. The Pack will be my 2nd farvorite team if they ink him.

  16. veistran says: Aug 8, 2009 5:04 PM

    @BeardedAxe: The only thing the Saints figured out was Green Bay’s secondary and how depleted it was at that point. But just keep telling yourself that they figured Rodgers out.

  17. EskinSux says: Aug 8, 2009 5:21 PM

    “Collins points out that G.M. Ted Thompson made the unpopular decision to roll with Aaron Rodgers, and it proved correct. ”
    _________________________
    When did this happen?

  18. Notciably F.A.T. says: Aug 8, 2009 5:21 PM

    Honestly i cant wait to see Vick back into the NFL, I dont care what team he plays for i just want to see him play. And i believe Green Bay would be a nice place for him. Even if he hasnt played in 2 years he’s still a weapon. Coaches will have to gameplan around him and he can only help a team with a 6-10 record, so lets see what he’ll look like in that Packer uniform
    And that lil crack about the “Wild Dog” offense thing…. that was just stupid. Its over, let him move on already

  19. Mactator says: Aug 8, 2009 5:33 PM

    He’d be great in the Wildcat formation! Now that would be interesting.

  20. packersfan says: Aug 8, 2009 5:36 PM

    Looks to me like Bob Loblaw needs a life and should worry about the Queens and not the Packers. Hey Bob, we all know you guys are all scared of Vick and don’t wanna admit it. You know you would be pumped if the Queens went after the guy, and now the Packers could have two QB’s on their roster that are better then any of your guys. Give me a break. Vick is the man. He deserves a second chance just like anyone else.

  21. Fan_Of_ Four says: Aug 8, 2009 5:51 PM

    Ted Thompson has done some really dumb sh!t as GM of the Packers but I can promise you as a native and life long resident of Wisconsin, signing this dog murderer will be Ted’s ticket out of town. I think PETA is useless organization but I’d be more than willing to join them and carry a picket sign outside 1265 Lombardi if this POS gets signed.

  22. tufar says: Aug 8, 2009 6:01 PM

    Where’s the comments from the esteemed duo of Nelson and Smith? Maybe all they can do is throw out negative stuff on the Vikes and don’t know how to react to this possible intelligent (snicker, snicker,) move by the Packers high foreheads! Or possibly the pair is out squeezing the ooze out of their cheese and will check in later.

  23. benniehifive says: Aug 8, 2009 6:05 PM

    first off, let’s see how A Rodge does this season before saying he’s great or he sucks…all the teams will have film of him now so we should be able to see what kind of qb he is, I think that last season it should have been expected that he would do well in his first starts…he’s ran the same offense since he got here and the other teams had no idea what to expect. on the Vick page, hey, if he’s an upgrade at a position, why not sign him? bring him in for a few plays every game and see what happens, it will totally change the way the defense is looking at the play, I know he’s not that great of a passer, but he was a good enough passer that you had to respect that, and if you gave him a lane to run in he’d kill you all day long, so yea, go for it! and one last thing…I personally think what he did was terrible, however I also think he’s paid his dues and if he’s good enough to get on a NFL field again I’m ready to see what he can do. I know there’s some people that think he should burn in hell and never have another job and all this other stuff…but really, when is the last time you heard of anybody getting in trouble for dogfighting? I’m sure it happens, but nobody gets the national media coverage that vick did…how many millions of dollars did he lose? how many houses/cars/whatever did he lose?? much more than anybody else that would have been hit with the same offenses I’m sure…wow…I’m tired now.

  24. BeardedAxe says: Aug 8, 2009 6:28 PM

    SpartaChris says: August 8, 2009 4:42 PM
    You obviously spent no time watching him last season. He injured his shoulder against the bucks, but had a strong showing against the Titans and put us in a spot to win against the Vikes the second time we played them. Last I checked, he doesn’t kick the field goals.
    _______________________________
    142 yds passing and a 72.9 rating against the vikings. He looked like a scared child. If it wouldn’t have been for a lucky catch on a deflected ball he threw they wouldn’t have even had a chance at a field goal.

  25. BeardedAxe says: Aug 8, 2009 6:33 PM

    # veistran says: August 8, 2009 5:04 PM
    @BeardedAxe: The only thing the Saints figured out was Green Bay’s secondary and how depleted it was at that point. But just keep telling yourself that they figured Rodgers out.
    ____________________________________
    What does the GB secondary have to do with 3 Rodgers interceptions? Brees could pick apart the GB secondary in perfect health. It was clear that the Saints knew exactly what Rodgers was doing and took advantage. Remember, this is the Saints we are talking about, one of the worst defenses in the league.

  26. wowbaka says: Aug 8, 2009 6:59 PM

    wow, I sneered at my friend when rumors surfaced that Vick might be closer to signing with Seahawks…but my friend’s laughing at me now…
    Thompson already has low PR among some of us long time loyal fans, but could he survive this one? I really do not agree with this latest interest of his.

  27. QinCT says: Aug 8, 2009 8:12 PM

    Quoting a bunch of old white dudes…
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
    He is no lunger in federal prison, his sentence is completed… it is NOT a privilege to work in this country it IS a right. The NFL is a job, just like almost any other.

  28. cheddar is beddar says: Aug 8, 2009 10:10 PM

    BeardedAxe says: August 8, 2009 3:46 PM
    “No surprise here. The packers have a long history of hiring criminals to be a part of their organization. Vick won’t even stand out on their long list of felons.
    After teams have figured out rodgers like the saints did last year they might need a new starting QB.”
    what a tool.
    Shackman v2.0 says: August 8, 2009 3:49 PM
    “I just can’t wrap my head around the whole “Vick will be such a great QB and bring a dynamic presence when he returns” crap. He wasn’t all that great the last time he was in the league. It’s seems that a lot people conveniently forget the fact that he’s been out of football for the last two years.
    I don’t care if Driver and Collins say that Vick would be welcomed with open arms in the clubhouse. We love our dogs here in Wisconsin and he isn’t going to get a warm welcome if that prick Ted Thompson chooses to sign him for a test drive.”
    TT a prick? Interesting to still see BR lovers still on here. Get over your man crush on him.
    stetai says: August 8, 2009 3:57 PM
    “They should bring Vick in the fourth quarter of every game so Aaron Rodgers won’t blow it like he did in all 10 of the Packers losses last year.”
    It’s easy to let the Packers defense off the hook.
    BeardedAxe says: August 8, 2009 4:13 PM
    “Now that all the teams have tape on Rodgers they will be able to terrorize him and use his weaknesses against him. Saints, Bucs, Vikings, and Titans all were able to make him look like the second rate QB he really is.”
    What a fruitful of a pathetic statement. So teams have had Manning figured out for 10 years now right? Comparisons don’t even have to be made, this is one of the most pathetic statements ever to cross the paths of the PFT boards.

  29. cheddar is beddar says: Aug 8, 2009 10:16 PM

    Bob Loblaw says: August 8, 2009 4:40 PM
    As a Vikings fan, I hope the Packers do sign Michael Vick. He brings nothing to their team. The Wildcat fad is overrated. Now that every team is installing it, every defense is practicing against it and it won’t have near the effect this year than any other gimmick or trick play.
    Overrated statement, kind of like me saying Percy Harvin would be nothing more than a gimmick when the Vikings install him in the wildcat offense. Get a grip homer.

  30. GoPackGo says: Aug 8, 2009 11:44 PM

    If getting rid of/trading Favre was a business decision, bringing in Michael Vick should be a business decision, not a PR move to impress the press by saying no. Im a HUGE packers fan, and i support this move!

  31. veistran says: Aug 9, 2009 2:50 AM

    @BeardedAxe And all three INTs came in the third quarter after they were down 10 or more points. I’d guess down by two or more possessions is when probably 70+% of INTs occur. It has nothing to do with the quality of the player and everything to do with the predictability of the play calling.

  32. lhartmanak says: Aug 9, 2009 4:47 AM

    You have all missed this possibility.
    This could be a bargaining tool move for the Pack. The gamble of handing him a one/two year contract. Having another team in desperation need a QB/RB/WR/KR could parlay into some nice draft picks if he plays well on and off the field for the Pack.
    I can see Ted Thompson doing this. Its worth the gamble and im a huge fan of G.B. He has paid his dues give him a shot.

  33. longrodvanhungendong says: Aug 9, 2009 8:04 AM

    The on going theme seems to be that non-Packer fans want the Pack to sign Vick. Not a good sign TT.

  34. DCViking says: Aug 9, 2009 9:03 AM

    Obviously, I’m not a Packer fan, but if the Packers think he can help, they should sign him.
    Personally, I don’t think Vick helps a West Coast offense as a quarterback. If they come up with a Wildcat / gimmick type formation for him, he could help. Hard to stay what his time in the joint did to his skills.
    Oh, and for the record, I don’t think Vick is a good guy, but the NFL is filled with bad people. He did his sentence and should be let back in.

  35. empty13 says: Aug 9, 2009 9:15 AM

    q, equality under the law does in no way mean he should walk right back into the nfl.
    convicted, disgraced, disgusting. also, a pr hit.
    he can work construction, garbage pickup, or in a dog food processing plant shoveling up excess materials. those are 2nd chances, and they are what most convicts end up doing after release.
    people who get paid more dont automatically go back to their old jobs after conviction and release. if any of us did what ookie did, we wouldnt get our old jobs back. in fact we would have been fired upon indictment.
    i dont care if 12% of the population still buys ookie’s bs due to pigmentation commonality. you dont speak for america.
    and ther 12% can never buy or not buy enough merch or tickets to sway teams to pick him up or punish them for not picking him up.
    that’s not where the money is.
    the media templateers and the creditors want ookie back in. and jester jackson too.
    we will all probably hear from joker obama soon on this.

  36. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 9, 2009 10:22 AM

    Wow. From a moral standpoint, this is not my first choice. I thought Koren Robinson was bad enough. All in all though, this could be a good move. We can get him cheap, and he’ll be more than motivated to play hard.
    Plus, it would pay dividends for the local economy.. All the ignorant PETA protesters who fly in will have to eat/sleep somewhere, right? That’d bring in easily thousands of dollars.
    Then, when the season starts, it’s win-win. Either McCarthy finds a way to use him (wildcat, KR, or something else), and we win more than six games, or we stink it up, Vick is blackballed, and TT is finally run out of town.
    I don’t see what the problem is, this sounds like a great idea to me…

  37. Beer Cheese Soup says: Aug 9, 2009 10:28 AM

    Shackman v2.0 says:
    “We love our dogs here in Wisconsin….”
    Dan Devine respectfully disagrees.

  38. SpartaChris says: Aug 10, 2009 1:12 PM

    BeardedAxe says:
    August 8, 2009 6:28 PM
    142 yds passing and a 72.9 rating against the vikings. He looked like a scared child. If it wouldn’t have been for a lucky catch on a deflected ball he threw they wouldn’t have even had a chance at a field goal.
    =======================================
    Yeah, and Gus Frerotte’s 151 yards and 53.4 rating were so much better than Rodger’s, so the same could be said about Frerotte looking like he had his tail between his legs. Way to be a homer there buddy!
    If this, if that, blah blah blah. I can play that game too- How about this: If your guy was good enough to intercept the ball, he wouldn’t have deflected it into my guy’s hands thereby putting us in a position to win.
    Or how about this one- If the refs hadn’t made that horrible call for a safety, we wouldn’t have needed the FG attempt at the end of the game to win.
    -If our starting MLB doesn’t get injured, Berrian doesn’t take that pass in for a TD.
    -If the refs didn’t make that terrible PI call when you played the Lions, the Lions would have won.
    -If they hadn’t blown several calls when you played the Saints, you would have lost that one too.
    See how ridiculous this is? Fact is you didn’t dominate us as much as you like to think you did. You were gifted several lucky calls during the season and we caught a lucky break. Welcome to football, douche.

  39. SpartaChris says: Aug 10, 2009 1:18 PM

    QinCT says:
    August 8, 2009 8:12 PM
    He is no lunger in federal prison, his sentence is completed… it is NOT a privilege to work in this country it IS a right. The NFL is a job, just like almost any other.
    ================================
    It’s not like almost any job actually. Most job’s don’t provide a life of privilege, instant fame and fortune. They provide an income, and perhaps some benefits like health care and retirement.
    While he has a right to work, there is no expressed right saying he has to work in the NFL. He can work anywhere. Tatum Bell says there’s a cell phone kiosk in Denver looking to hire.

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