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Vick says he never spurned the Raiders

On Sunday night, NBC’s Tony Dungy said that he advised quarterback Mike Vick to steer clear of the Oakland Raiders.  This implied that the Raiders wanted Vick.

We reported the next day that the Raiders didn’t want Vick.  Indeed, we’re told that the Raiders never even made an inquiry.

Now, Vick himself says he didn’t say “no” to Oakland, and he says that the opportunity never arose. 

And the opportunity never arose because the Raiders never called.

“When I got released from prison, I didn’t care where I would have
played
,” Vick said in advance of his trip to Oakland as the Eagles prepare to play the Raiders, per Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.  “It really didn’t come up.  I think coach Dungy just wanted
me to be in a place where I was going to be protected, and I just
wouldn’t have a lot of pressure on me.  I think that’s what he meant.”

And although Dungy suggested that he told Vick not to go to Oakland because of the overall condition of the team, Vick suggests that any reluctance to join the Raiders arose from the fact that his presence would have undermined current starter JaMarcus Russell.

“If I’d have gone there, there would have just been a lot of
quarterback controversy,” Vick said.  “I think the most important thing
is for JaMarcus to get his reps and get a feel for the game and place,
to prove that he can play in this league.  You don’t get too many years
to prove that.  They’ve given him his shot, and he deserved it.”

Baloney.  Vick would have jumped on any chance to get back on the field on a full-time basis, regardless of whether Russell or McNabb or Montana or Unitas had to be benched to make it happen.

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39 Responses to “Vick says he never spurned the Raiders”
  1. Twiz says: Oct 15, 2009 9:39 AM

    “Baloney. Vick would have jumped on any chance to get back on the field on a full-time basis, regardless of whether Russell or McNabb or Montana or Unitas had to be benched to make it happen.”
    So now you know what someone else is thinking or what their thought process is/was Lord Florio?
    Its one thing to give your opinion on something, but it is another to make it sound as if it is fact. That is the difference between lawyer speak and how the rest of the world speaks. Get use to it!

  2. Chris Fiorentino says: Oct 15, 2009 9:40 AM

    Mike, why are you so cynical when it comes to Vick, Favre, and Randy Moss? I read Vick’s quote and thought it made perfect sense. Maybe the guy did learn in jail to be a better human being and realized he would be causing controversy and hurting the chances of a kid trying to make a career for himself. Yet you read it and immediately call “Baloney”? In the words of Jim Mora, I find that your opinions “SUCK!!!”

  3. dunkingonuts says: Oct 15, 2009 9:42 AM

    Wow.!
    This is the second Raiders post today that retracts what was previously posted . Anybody else see a pattern here?
    Nice fact checking Florio….!

  4. Big Stretch says: Oct 15, 2009 9:44 AM

    Dungy is a D-Bag

  5. Lombardi 6 says: Oct 15, 2009 9:45 AM

    Glad to see Goodell welcomes back Vick as a face to represent the NFL–A dog murdering, illiterate sociopath..Yet badmouths and slanders an individualist like Limbaugh..Way to turnthe NFL into a F(l)ag football league…

  6. BK says: Oct 15, 2009 9:47 AM

    May be bologna, but good for Vick for saying all the right things…

  7. bearsrule says: Oct 15, 2009 9:50 AM

    I believe it. When Vick thought of the Raiders, he was thinking it was unfair to go there because JaMaximus needs more reps. I also believe that there are a lot of dopes posting on this site.

  8. Florida Boi says: Oct 15, 2009 9:50 AM

    If Vick would have went to Oakland, he would have instantly became the starter. The only reason why Oakland didnt pursue Vick is cuz they paid Jamarcus Russell too much money and they didnt want to look like idiots for doing so. Well guess what Oakland, yall already look like idiots. You guys are 1-4 with your only victory coming from the Chiefs.
    I’m sure any of the top 5 teams in college football can beat the Oakland Raiders.

  9. Festivus says: Oct 15, 2009 9:53 AM

    Wow another story about the Raiders that was blown out of proportion and slanted to make them look bad proven false.
    Shocking.

  10. Lombardi 6 says: Oct 15, 2009 9:54 AM

    There should be a moment of silence before Sundays games, honoring the greatest Captain outside of Crunch and Kangaroo..Lou Albano–RIP

  11. ocgunslinger says: Oct 15, 2009 9:58 AM

    I would not blame Vick (for anything other than animal abuse) for going to any team that would have taken the risk to sign him…..Oakland, Cleveland, et al. Sign with whoever was willing to give him the opportunity regardless of where. Injuries do happen in the NFL. The atmosphere and controversy surrounding Vick’s future playing in the NFL was not supportive at all. Threatened demonstrations etc. I say the man screwed up big time, paid the price and hopefully will be a better person as a result. He now deserves the opportunity to earn a living the best way he knows which is in the NFL right now.

  12. AuburnCowboyz says: Oct 15, 2009 10:00 AM

    Lombardi 6 says:
    October 15, 2009 9:45 AM
    Glad to see Goodell welcomes back Vick as a face to represent the NFL–A dog murdering, illiterate sociopath..Yet badmouths and slanders an individualist like Limbaugh..Way to turnthe NFL into a F(l)ag football league
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You’ve got to be the biggest idiot on the planet dude.. WTF are you talking about? So makes Limbaugh “individualistic” and yet everything that Vick says is a lie? MV did his time, pay his debt to society. Run back to PETA you disgusting POS.. Dude you’re turly an idiot.. I’ll pray for you, f&cking moron.

  13. shaunypoo says: Oct 15, 2009 10:10 AM

    Vick would have taken the opportunity that paid him the most money and gave him the best opportunity to play. He doesn’t care about about how other QB’s feel and there is no reason to take him at his word about anything. Having done his time is not an excuse to all of a sudden believe in his sincerity. He has his second chance, but if he wants any credibility, he needs to earn it.

  14. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Oct 15, 2009 10:11 AM

    Captain Lou Albano
    1933-2009

  15. VoxVeritas says: Oct 15, 2009 10:12 AM

    “Mike, why are you so cynical when it comes to Vick, Favre, and Randy Moss?”
    Maybe because all three are proven lying criminals.

  16. VoxVeritas says: Oct 15, 2009 10:15 AM

    “MV did his time, pay his debt to society.”
    No he didn’t. He didn’t do a minute in jail for the dogfighting.
    Is English your native language?

  17. thecree says: Oct 15, 2009 10:15 AM

    hey bears rule-”I also believe that there are a lot of dopes posting on this site.”
    Yeah, his name is mike florio.
    fire florio!!!!! fire florio!!!!! fire florio!!!!

  18. whyaskwhy says: Oct 15, 2009 10:18 AM

    How about Vick saying the right things instead of inserting foot in mouth, this only improves his stock when the Eagles look to trade him (next week or next year is the question).

  19. Philtration says: Oct 15, 2009 10:31 AM

    Vick sees a chance to start for the Raiders because they have the worst QB in the league.
    He is just covering his bases and even a jag off like him knows how the business works.
    The fans in Oakland would actually welcome him since they are no stranger to lowlifes on the field or in the stands.

  20. lol@vick says: Oct 15, 2009 10:48 AM

    For running an illegal gambling ring, Vick should have never been allowed near a football stadium.
    Think Pete Rose
    Vick didn’t just gamble, he ran an illegal gambling ring!
    How can he be trusted to not throw a game, or shave points?
    How does that make the NFL’s stance against betting on games look?

  21. Vick's failed drug test says: Oct 15, 2009 10:58 AM

    Vick is and always been a joke.
    A bad joke, but a joke nonetheless.

  22. AuburnCowboyz says: Oct 15, 2009 10:59 AM

    Vox, is asshole your native language?

  23. Rickah99 says: Oct 15, 2009 11:03 AM

    Vox says:
    “Maybe because all three are proven lying criminals.”
    LOL, is this the pot calling the kettle black?? Dallas Cowboy fan would know a lot about enlisting criminals to play!
    See: Irvin, Pacman, Tank, etc.
    EVEN THE COACHES: Switzer!
    Will this be the year that Da Boyz get over the hump and actually win a playoff game? Let’s see, they play Philly the final week…stay tuned, as I know you will Dallas Cowboy fan!

  24. Arizona Buckeye says: Oct 15, 2009 11:07 AM

    lol@vick
    I totally agree with your statement. I hope this man burns in hell for the unspeakable pain and torture this @#$ing asshole inflicted on innocent animals. There is NO forgiveness for his behavior and he should never be allowed near a football stadium again. His fake remorse is only based on the fact that he got cocky, careless, and caught. There is no doubt in the world that this worthless POS would still be torturing and killing dogs had he not been caught. I would love nothing better than to read he was found in his house ripped apart by a wild band of dogs. I can only hope that there is life after death and this bastard comes back as a neglected and abused animal.

  25. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 15, 2009 11:12 AM

    How about Vick saying the right things instead of inserting foot in mouth, this only improves his stock when the Eagles look to trade him (next week or next year is the question).
    ———-
    Was a released/prepared statement, he is not that well spoken. He has to stop and think before he can properly form a sentence, watch any of his interviews.
    Interview from philly.com, no bias there. Bet you trust an NBC Sports site for you Limbaugh info too. His fat arse is laughing while his counts his cash, controversial guy sparks controversy, and people eat it up.
    If he doesn’t start performing his trade stock will be irrelevant, Eagles string of cream puff opponents ends with Oakland and then they face strong defensive teams. Door is swinging shut.
    Funny how his first interview
    has been removed. PR team must be working around the clock.
    Raiders had Garcia and released him to avoid controversy with J-Mac, until Davis kicks the bucket J-Mac will be Raiders QB.
    Vick Bounty

  26. thecree says: Oct 15, 2009 11:21 AM

    Calling all morons-
    “mike vick never did time for dogfighting” is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Yes, you are correct, he didn’t go to jail for fighting dogs if you read the indictment, but get real morons….
    Do you really think he gets fed time if he isn’t caught fighting dogs? Were the investigators at his house in VA before this all blew up looking for dog carcasses or proof of interstate gambling? Cmon guys, use your brains on this one before you answer. Dog fighting is why vick went away, everybody with a brain that works knows that. The rest of you guys…well….how are you still alive?

  27. VoxVeritas says: Oct 15, 2009 11:33 AM

    “LOL, is this the pot calling the kettle black??”
    No. I merely pointed out something that all three guys that were mentioned have in common that might cause a person to not like them. This has been another episode of “Why Eagirl Fans are the Dumbest Animals on the Planet”.
    “Will this be the year that Da Boyz get over the hump and actually win a playoff game?”
    That’s not the hump. Winning the Super Bowl is the hump. Satisfaction taken from anything less is for fans of teams that have no hope for anything more. Do you realize that it’s been over 13 years since the Cowboys won the Super Bowl? Second longest Cowboys Super Bowl drought EVER. How humiliating. :-[

  28. BasicInstinct says: Oct 15, 2009 11:51 AM

    In his written plea, Vick admitted helping kill six to eight pit bulls and supplying money for gambling on the fights. He said he did not personally place any bets or share in any winnings, but merely associating with gambling can result in a lifetime ban under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
    I still don’t get why Mike Vick didn’t get a lifetime ban for this.
    Pete Rose did.
    Michael Jordan didn’t.
    Go figure.

  29. mwcarolina says: Oct 15, 2009 11:52 AM

    I think Vick would of accepted going to the Raiders, but i dont know if the Raiders wanted him, the team i think Vick should of asked about was the Panthers and Redskins, there he could backup with a better chance to start, now with the Eagles, he wont see the field, McNabb is great and Kolb is the future.

  30. HarrisonHits says: Oct 15, 2009 12:08 PM

    “Vick didn’t just gamble, he ran an illegal gambling ring!
    How can he be trusted to not throw a game, or shave points?”
    There is little doubt in my mind that even if Vick didn’t bet on NFL games himself that his wildly erratic QB rating had to do with shaving points so his buddies could win bets.
    Should never have been allowed back in the NFL for this reason alone. The NFL shuns gambling as it should (unless its the Rooneys), and did not even address this or his having tested positive for weed while he was awaiting trial.

  31. bsandone says: Oct 15, 2009 1:26 PM

    Whatever happened to the good old days when PFT reported news and rumors from legitimate sources? Instead we now get unfounded speculation and the ridiculous creation of “news” by disecting meaningless comments. Please give me the old PFT back!

  32. JSpicoli says: Oct 15, 2009 2:01 PM

    Idiot spews “The fans in Oakland would actually welcome him since they are no stranger to lowlifes on the field or in the stands.”
    The Raiders have not hired a lowlife, or diva, or problem child FA in YEARS AND YEARS, putting it lightly. We do not hire them, Dallas and Cincy, Buffalo, and even Philly do that, see FACT.
    Do you actually follow the NFL, or do you let Trey Wingo handle your data for you? You f$cking tool.

  33. JSpicoli says: Oct 15, 2009 2:03 PM

    Day one, I said Vick will never even get a phone call from the Raiders.
    I said the same thing about T.O. Tank Johnson, Pacman, etc, as 99% of the mediots and you turds here were going on and on about a “natural Raider”, and well, you have to put OAK at the top of the list.
    Shows you the relationship between fantasy and reality.

  34. Sam says: Oct 15, 2009 2:06 PM

    I think Dungy lost some respect for making these comments, why did he feel it was necessary to say that? Vick was not pursed by the Raiders so there was no reason to advice him not to go to the Raiders.
    Why doesn’t Dungy tell us which other teams were also on the no list? I’m sure there were a few other teams.
    And I agree, Vick’s comments are full of baloney and he is just saying that so he doesn’t get the big hit if he gets a chance to play.

  35. penguininbondage says: Oct 15, 2009 2:57 PM

    Vick will get his chance next yeare when they cut or trade his ass. No Way he will supplant McNabb or Kolb and sit around for 5 mil.

  36. praveen says: Oct 15, 2009 5:09 PM

    Someone should tell Vick that Jamarcus doesn’t deserve anything. This is pro sports. Everything must be earned. Already, Jamarcus is getting money he does not deserve. To act like Oakland is entitled to give him a shot is bogus.

  37. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Oct 15, 2009 6:31 PM

    Once again Florio, you are RIGHT ON!
    And it’s absolutely true that the serial killer of defenseless animals named Mike Vick only has remorse for GETTING CAUGHT. Over a 6 year period he tortured and sadistically electrocuted, drowned, beat to death for his personal entertainment defenseless non-violent animals. This didn’t happen once as a “mistake”, it was a pattern of behavior that was performed over & over & over & over. This is the issue the Vick defenders refuse to talk about.
    “he did his time” MV paid his dues” “Mike deserves another “chance” “he made “a mistake”
    LOL He didn’t get anywhere near enough time for the torture he inflicted on the docile animals that wouldn’t fight. But all of you keep defending him for “keepin it real”.
    He would have jumped all over the Raiders or any other team that was really interested. Goodell should be ashamed for allowing him back. Mike Vick is the lowest excuse for a human being. Anything that takes advantage, hurts, abuses kids or animals should be exterminated. MV is no exception.

  38. comment_submission_error says: Oct 15, 2009 10:51 PM

    Vick on the Oakland roster would have just been more proof that you can’t throw a bunch of athletes on the field and expect to win. It’s been a huge problem in Oakland for years, and it also explains San Diego’s lack of success. Denver flushed their roster, and turned things around so fast their fans are now pretending they believed all along.

  39. MasterShake says: Oct 16, 2009 12:10 AM

    He can’t “spurn” someone when he doesn’t even know what that means can he?

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