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NFL says Vick wasn’t steered to Philadelphia

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In a new interview with GQ, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick says he wanted to play for the Bills or the Bengals, and that he was steered to Philadelphia.

The league denies that Vick was steered anywhere.

Michael Vick’s decision on where to play to put himself in the best position to succeed was entirely his own,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT via e-mail.  “Commissioner Goodell obviously met and spoke to Michael and his representatives as part of his decision on whether to reinstate Michael and on what terms.  But the Commissioner would never steer players to or away from particular teams and did not do so in this case.”

NBC’s Tony Dungy, who served as a league-appointed advisor for Vick, expressed doubt earlier today on The Dan Patrick Show that Goodell would have advised Vick to play for the Eagles.  Dungy added, however, that Vick received a lot of advice (including from Dungy) that Philadelphia was the best place to go.

It remains to be seen whether Aiello’s remarks will be enough for the folks in Buffalo, many of whom are up in arms about the perceived slight.  Former Bills running back Thurman Thomas made an unscheduled call to WGR radio on Thursday, and Thomas wasn’t happy about Vick’s allegation.

“It goes all against what the Commissioner has been trying to do,” Thomas said.  “It’s like another slap in the face to the Buffalo Bills.  I’m upset about it.  I want to know what the whole idea was about wanting him to go to Philadelphia and not Buffalo or Cincinnati.  I think Mr. Wilson needs to give the Commissioner a call and see what happened.

“It was wrong, I think there needs to be an investigation.”

Thomas may be right; we wouldn’t expect the NFL to admit that Vick was steered to Philly, even if his recollection is accurate.  But who would conduct an investigation?  We’re aware of no “internal affairs” department within the league office, which would have the ability to investigate the conduct of the Commissioner.  If anything were to happen, the owners would have to decide to do it on their own, and we doubt that such an effort would be good for the league’s overall best interests.

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  1. suckleague says: Aug 18, 2011 1:07 PM

    The Bills would have traded him away for a 7th round pick after one season.

  2. Kaz says: Aug 18, 2011 1:08 PM

    It is a huge blow to the Commish if this is true. Huge. How can any fan ever trust him if he has obvious favorites.

  3. rayvens says: Aug 18, 2011 1:08 PM

    Mike Vick says he wanted to play for the Bills or the Bengals,
    ——————————–
    Bills/Bengals, WAT!!!???????……..He should be locked back up for doing drugs!

  4. EJ says: Aug 18, 2011 1:09 PM

    Goodell should lose his job over this.

  5. jcupo6 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    What are they supposed to say?

  6. trbowman says: Aug 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    Well if I were a Bills fan I wouldn’t be upset about this, I wouldn’t want him leading my team.

  7. polishrod says: Aug 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    Cue the haters…. in 5-4-3-2-

  8. scudbot says: Aug 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    After a while, sociopaths can’t tell when they’re lying.

  9. jmphinsfan says: Aug 18, 2011 1:11 PM

    if theyre looking to start an “internal affairs” department for the NFL, I would gladly take that job.

  10. thedudesnotin says: Aug 18, 2011 1:12 PM

    C’mon! It’s not like Wilson or Brown would have paid Vick the scratch anyways.

  11. rayvens says: Aug 18, 2011 1:13 PM

    It is a huge blow to the Commish if this is true. Huge. How can any fan ever trust him if he has obvious favorites.
    ——————————–
    And u trusted him without this being true???

  12. bigd88 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:14 PM

    LOL!
    As if there was ever any doubt that the PA teams (Eagles and Steelers) were the golden children of the NFL.
    Doesn’t surprise me one bit. Goodell didn’t want Vick going to a small market team without much national exposure. So instead, he steered Vick to one of his pets.

  13. tjacks7 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:14 PM

    I have to call BS on this.

    Come clean NFL and stop acting as if NFL fans are a bunch of dopes.

  14. skoobyfl says: Aug 18, 2011 1:15 PM

    Vick has no agenda to tell the truth & the NFL does, so which one is telling the truth ??

  15. hanktheking says: Aug 18, 2011 1:15 PM

    This is such a f**king joke! The bills have sucked for years and Vick could have helped them..the league (and/or Vick) will have some explaining to do.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:15 PM

    jmphinsfan, ME TOO.

    And Goodell lies through his teeth every time he speaks, so I basically know that if he says this wasn’t the case, IT ACTUALLY WAS.

    Shameful.

  17. powderedme says: Aug 18, 2011 1:15 PM

    Thurman Thomas would have called sooner, but he forgot where he left his phone.

  18. schrutebeetfarms says: Aug 18, 2011 1:16 PM

    So Dungy says in one breath that he doubts that happened, and then in the next breath, he admits that he, as the league appointed advisor, suggested that Philly was the best place to go.

    Tony – open your eyes. You’re representing the league and you’re telling him he should go to Philly. I think he may have a point here.

  19. legaleagle513 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:17 PM

    Why all of a sudden would anyone believe what Vick says. He is actually succeeding now. Why would you throw an entire organization under the bus when you are succeeding? Anything for publicity man. If you want to play for one of those teams, play the year out, do the best you can and get the he’ll out of Philly.

  20. eastsideballa says: Aug 18, 2011 1:18 PM

    Its time Goodell gets his due. He obviously steered him away from Buffalo so that they can move the Bills to LA. I hope Vick turns this into a huge scandal and lays the smackdown on Goodell, I wouldn’t love anything more than seeing Goodell’s farewell speech. BRING BACK TAGLIBUE!!!

  21. tbpdog says: Aug 18, 2011 1:18 PM

    In 2004 the NFL gift wrapped T.O. (and a trip to the SB) to Philly, when he had rightly been traded to Baltimore, so this is just par for the course. Goes to show Philly can’t achieve any success without the NFL helping them.

  22. marvelsmith420 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:19 PM

    Yeah, Okay Greg Aiello… I’m sure Vick just made that up out of the blue. The NFL keeps losing credibility. So not only is the commissioner of the league hand picking teams for free agents to go to, the league is also lying about it to our faces. Way to treat the fans…you know…the people who pay your bills!

  23. seneca1ss says: Aug 18, 2011 1:21 PM

    Spin Control!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO NFL CORRUPT

  24. mjs2012 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:21 PM

    There definitely needs to be an investigation into this.

    I’m hesitant to come to a conclusion yet, but this doesn’t look good…..especially if Philly were to win the SuperBowl this year.

  25. bossisforboston says: Aug 18, 2011 1:22 PM

    commish is playing chess ?

  26. joe6606 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:22 PM

    Ask yourself this..why would Vick lie about this? He has been permitted to return to his profession after spending years in jail for committing a crime that many people completely abhor.

    Do you really think he’s going to start making stuff up about the guy who let him back in???

    No way.

    He was speaking honestly, with no realization of the effects of what he was revealing — the fact that GOD-ell is the most unfair, biased, prejudiced, irrational, and downright incompetant commish is the history of sports.

    I would bet a bazillion $$ that GOD-ell directed, no MANDATED, that he go to Philly.

  27. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 18, 2011 1:22 PM

    I swear we didn’t tell Michael to go to Philadelphia.

  28. stinkfingers says: Aug 18, 2011 1:24 PM

    At this point, I’m inclined to believe a convicted felon before Roger Goodell.

    He was steered/

  29. jh500 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:24 PM

    Why is it whenever this site covers (or any other site) Vick, the comments go through the roof? Vick= NFL’s biggest star.

  30. gadzod says: Aug 18, 2011 1:26 PM

    Absolutely disgusting. I’m a Bills fan, so I might have some emotional bias; However, I think it’s safe to say that this is collusion if true. It SCREAMS the scandals that go down over in countries like Italy and so with their soccer leagues. If this is true, Goodell should be fired, and BOTH the Bills and the Bengals should be given some sort of compensation, if he truly did want to go to either of those two teams.

    It doesn’t add up for the NFL. Vick was definitely going to be the starter at Buffalo, and possibly the #2 in Cincy (behind Palmer), Cincy would have paid him more than the Eagles, and if you’re considering my Bills, then lets be honest, their offer wouldn’t have been exactly something to laugh at. Goodell should not have had ANY say on what team he should sign with, and he shouldn’t have had ANY say on what he thinks is good for him. He should have said one thing…”Are you worthy of a 2nd chance, or not?” That’s it. Even if it wasn’t the Bills, I would be extremely upset about this. I’m pissed for my Bills, and I’m pissed for my Bengals.

  31. jagerbmb says: Aug 18, 2011 1:26 PM

    Vick should try out as kicker… He sure kicked the soapbox out from under the Commish.

    Goodell has lost the respect of many fans (and players too) over this gaffe. I hope the owners BBQ his @$$ over this. Also how can Goodell look any player in the face now and speak about the integrity of the game ever again?

    Good thing the CBA negotiations are over.

  32. daburgher says: Aug 18, 2011 1:26 PM

    Commish in denial? say WHAAAATTTTT?

  33. siggy00 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:26 PM

    Aiello is Goodell’s man-servant. What do you expect him to say.

    What Vick said basically accuses Goodell of tampering and influencing the league. If Vick lied, then I would expect a fine, or even a 1 game suspension.

    Failure by Goodell to do so? Tells me Vick is telling the truth.

  34. fmwarner says: Aug 18, 2011 1:26 PM

    Hindsight is 20/20. I’d like to know how many Bills or Bengals fans would have been happy with their team acquiring Vick back when he got out of prison. You can’t look at it with the rose-colored glasses provided by his excellent play last season. Almost all Eagles fans hated the move at the time, too.

    I know this has nothing to do with Goodell’s alleged actions, but it’s a little disingenuous to get huffy with it now if you wouldn’t have wanted Vick then.

  35. nygman27 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:26 PM

    Didn’t Vick also initially deny killing dogs?

  36. nygman27 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:28 PM

    Another question is why is GQ interviewing him? What’s next, the CEO of BP going to be interviewed by Bait & Hook magazine – Gulf Coast Edition?

  37. anactualnflowner says: Aug 18, 2011 1:28 PM

    Will Leitch actually didn’t write this article his computer was hacked. Also, Vick’s words were taken out of context. When he said that Roger Goodell and his buddies convinced him to go to Phili instead of the Bills or Bengals, what he meant was Roger Goodell and his buddies were absolutely impartial to where he went and had absolutely no agendas when they we not telling him where to go and not go.

  38. pack93z says: Aug 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    This goes way past Buffalo and Cinny.. this is yet another question about decisions of the League office and the integrity of the game.

    Persuading players to go one place or another post discipline changes the landscape of the NFL as a whole.. a ripple effect as you will.

    Kolb to Arizona.. McNabb to Washington then Minnesota.. the impacts on future drafts.. etc.

    Coming on the heels of the “trust me” there was nothing on the Spygate tapes.. the league and Goodell are developing a trust issue with fans.. what other “strings” and issues are being pulled to sway the competitive balance.

    Another obvious one is player discipline for one field and off field actions and how they are dealt with. Coupled with Goodell’s insistence that he be the sole voice in player conduct, penalties and reinstatement terms.

    A picture is being painted over the course of a couple years.. and there are definitely questions that need answering.. but how.. one sole voice making the decisions.

    Disappointing.. that there isn’t more transparency in the process to quash these question before becoming something to discuss.

  39. upperdecker19 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    Nnamdi wanted to be a Cowboy, but the Commish steered him to Philly as well….

    Regards,
    Jerrah

  40. holeinone09 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    Not an Eagles fan, and certainly not a Vick fan at all. But, even if what he said was true, why in heck would Vick even mention something like that? What was to gain from such a statement? He must truly be an imbecile. He incurs the wrath of GODell and his employer by saying that.

    Next, if there is any truth at all to this, then GODell way overstepped his bounds, and this becomes a huge conflict of interest. He absolutely cannot favor one team over another for any reason. And a personnel move like this would be a big thing.

    I would almost have to believe there is some truth to this. GODell thinks he can do whatever he wants and make things up as he goes along (ie the fines last year for rule interpretations of late hits and unnecessary roughness).

    Yes, Vick opened up a big can of worms. Of course, GODell could just conveniently destroy the tapes.

  41. birdobeamen says: Aug 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    What the F?! Vick was steered to Philadelphia?! You mean they told him to go there to rehabilitate his image? Goodell should be fired! This is an outrage!! He could have started from day one if he went to Buffalo! I can’t believe this!!!!!!

    ……..oh wait, I’m an Eagles fan — nevermind. Move along, nothing to see here.

  42. legaleagle513 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:31 PM

    Should have traded Vick to Arizona and kept Kolb.

  43. contract says: Aug 18, 2011 1:31 PM

    Vick better change his story fast, or Goodell will find him in violation of the “Goodell is not to be Contradicted Rule” and ban him from the NFL until he completes a stint at a reeducation facility in Beijing.

  44. anactualnflowner says: Aug 18, 2011 1:32 PM

    Conspiracy Theorists: Roger Goodell’s mom is from Buffalo.

    Not sure how that piece of the puzzle fits, but I’m sure its a big one.

  45. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:33 PM

    Goodell is easily the worst commissioner ever…

    Telling players where to play

    All but banning Kickoffs

    Turning the NFL into glorified Flag football.

    And being too stiff on disciplining players..and the heavy handedness is one-sided against black players.

    Goodell will make a good Grand Wizard but he’s a horrible commissioner…anytime when fans are talking more about fines, suspensions, and rules than the actual a game..you know you have a bad, spotlight craving commissioner.

    I mean this clown suspends a player for 5 games who hasn’t played ONE DOWN in the NFL yet and signed a profession contract yet…it’s ridiculous and disgusting..

    I mean you a fan can’t even post a highlight clip on YouTube without the NFL snatching it down. The NFL grand wiZard is the worst commissioner in galactic history.

  46. birdobeamen says: Aug 18, 2011 1:33 PM

    “In 2004 the NFL gift wrapped T.O. (and a trip to the SB) to Philly, when he had rightly been traded to Baltimore, so this is just par for the course. Goes to show Philly can’t achieve any success without the NFL helping them.”

    Doesn’t the NFL have to approve trades in order for them to go through? Why would they approve the trade to Baltimore if they didn’t want it to happen? Moron. Learn the intangibles of the trade market and free agency.

  47. stanklepoot says: Aug 18, 2011 1:33 PM

    This story is all about perspective really. Remember, the commish (just like Dungy) was serving as a personal adviser to Vick to a certain degree. Did the commish tell Vick who he had to sign with? Highly unlikely. Did Goodell advise Vick that signing with Philly might give him a better chance to ease back into the league, reform his image, and develop into the best QB he could become? That is very believable. Vick reentering the league was going to come with a lot of negative feedback. Buffalo and Cincy weren’t exactly examples of strong, well-run organizations. Philly on the other hand was a stable organization with a well entrenched coaching staff and FO, both with experience dealing with a large media presence that can sometimes be combative.

    It’s also important to remember that Vick certainly wasn’t ready to start his first year back. It may have been a more appealing idea to Vick initially, but putting him in a place where he’d immediately be competing for the start could have ruined his comeback before it really had a chance. There were many people who wanted to see Vick fail when he came back to the NFL. Truthfully, there still are some who feel that way, though that number is much lower now. Had he hit the field and fallen flat on his face, that could have been the last chance he got. The airwaves would have been flooded with reports that Vick no longer had what it takes to play in the NFL.

  48. siggy00 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:33 PM

    This is also the same Commish who, according to Rex Ryan, arranged a phony “chewing out” of Rex so Ryan and Santonio Holmes could “bond”.

    This moron has no business running this league. He’s a common jock-sniffer who is living his dreams through this league and it’s players because he wasn’t good enough to play himself.

    He has to go.

    Now.

  49. jakek2 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:34 PM

    Ultimate low blow to Eagles fans!! HAHA! Vick freely admits that he thought his chances of bringing a first title to Buff or Cincy was better than Philly!!

    The dog killer would have rather played where all careers go to die than to play for your philthy phranchise!!!

    Keep on dreaming of your (wet) Dream Team!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

  50. goldenstatus says: Aug 18, 2011 1:35 PM

    In the end it does not matter, Vick chose himself where he would ultimately go. Adam Schefter said it the best, if the Bills or Bengals would have put up a better offer he would have went. He was and is dealing with major debt, he would and did go to the team with the best offer for him.

  51. caseysarasota says: Aug 18, 2011 1:35 PM

    Here we go! Classic “He Said, She Said” Does it REALLY matter anyway? Im leaning a little more on Vick’s side though…he has less to lose than Goodell does.

  52. larryfinfan says: Aug 18, 2011 1:36 PM

    Probably the simplest way to solve this would be for Ralph Wilson to contact the commish and make a statement on way or the other as to what he found out. Eliminates all uncertainty. Surely, if Wilson feels like the league slighted him, he would not be afraid to say so, solidarity went out the window with the new CBA….

    So, Ralphie…the balls in your court…

  53. snowpea84 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:40 PM

    If Vick said it it must be true!!!

  54. philsimmsisadouche says: Aug 18, 2011 1:40 PM

    This being true wouldn’t go against Goodell’s track record for applying his authority and influence as he sees fit in other matters. It’s not at all hard to believe. He has the power to act and rule on any issue as he sees fit and does so with impunity.
    He should be replaced. Won’t happen, but it should.

  55. mojosmagic says: Aug 18, 2011 1:42 PM

    Did Buffalo even want Vick? I thought Philly was his only offer and they too a lot of heat for signing him. How fast people forget! It took a great coach two years to mold Vick into what he has become today. Vick would not have become the player he is today had he signed somewhere and become an immediate starter.

  56. jackfnburton says: Aug 18, 2011 1:42 PM

    Thank God Tony Dungy cleared this up. Because if it were true, I’d still have to go to work every day and cut my lawn and do my laundry and my life would not change in any way whatsoever.

    Can we get an article about Tony Dungy’s opinion of Tim Tebow’s opinion of Michael Vick’s opinion of this? It would be really cool to get ALL those massively overexposed people in the same article together. That would be awesome.

  57. tbtrojan says: Aug 18, 2011 1:43 PM

    At what point does the NFL can this bozo they hired as commish?
    He has done nothing but alienate players and fans since taking over.
    He lay down the law as judge jury and executioner based on how his mood is that day, he suspends guy that aren’t even in the league yet.

    It wouldn’t shock me if the threat of a longer suspension for Vick was hinted at if he didn;t sign where GODell wanted.

    The guy hands out fines and suspension based on what he feels in in the best interest of the league, well the guy is making the league a joke and should suspend himself for actions against the integrity of the NFL.

  58. terrellblowens says: Aug 18, 2011 1:43 PM

    Vick would not have done a whole lot in Buffalo because of their weak coaching staff. Jauron already screwed up a couple of QBs. Not to mention Vick was not in football shape for the first year back in the NFL anyway. Philly was the right place for him as far as his development as a QB. But I would be outraged if I was a Bills fan and I heard Goodell swayed Vick’s decision making. Poor Bills never catch a break, maybe now we know why. Fire Goodell

  59. mykelane says: Aug 18, 2011 1:43 PM

    Unless we read a transcript of what transpired, its hard to say what really happend. Vick could have said “these are my two options to start right away, buffalo or cincy, or i could be a 3rd stringer in Philly..i’m kind of leaning to starting somewhere”. the commish could have said, “well personally, i think you need time to sit and learn and get your legs underneath you, but do what you want” and from that Vick could have been “convinced” that a year off would be a good idea.

    We have no way of telling if Godell specifically said “nah man dont go to the Bills nor Bengals” as sensational as that sounds.

    but people will believe what they want to believe.

  60. stanklepoot says: Aug 18, 2011 1:43 PM

    mjs2012 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:21 PM

    There definitely needs to be an investigation into this.

    I’m hesitant to come to a conclusion yet, but this doesn’t look good…..especially if Philly were to win the SuperBowl this year.
    __________________________
    Exactly what would the Eagles winning the SB have to do with anything? That’s the problem with too many fans. You base your decision solely on the outcome, and not the issue itself. Either something is right or it isn’t.

  61. greymares says: Aug 18, 2011 1:44 PM

    of course it was his own decision everybody wants to play in philly.

  62. eustus says: Aug 18, 2011 1:44 PM

    I thought ESPN cancelled Playmakers.

  63. pappysarcasm says: Aug 18, 2011 1:44 PM

    Yeah, lets believe what Vick says! NOT! He is a pathological liar and should be careful not to bite the hand thats feeds him (sic), else he might get electrocuted!

  64. spillertime21 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:45 PM

    Obviously the league will try to cover this up. Vick just came out and said it, it’s not like the reporter asked ‘were you persuaded by goodell to go to Philly?’.
    But the sad reality is that the NFL will do NOTHING about it. It’s goodells word against Vicks. The same goodell that said ‘ there’s nothing on those patriots cheating tapes, so I’m just gonna destroy them and you must take my word for it’
    I wonder if goodell will now suspend Vick for comments detrimental to the league

  65. jbeatzz says: Aug 18, 2011 1:46 PM

    did vick say goodell specifically told him to play for the eagles?

    when advised where would be best for him the people that he talked to, including tony dungy, told him that philly would be the better choice…and were they lying??? buffalo and cincy are 2 poorly run organizations and the eagles are much more stable and had an owner and head coach with clout help to be able to deal with the situation and better him as a lpayer

  66. gottapoop says: Aug 18, 2011 1:48 PM

    I wonder if you could fight a buffalo or a bengal?

  67. contract says: Aug 18, 2011 1:49 PM

    What are the odds that the Pryor decision was made today in order to bury this bombshell?

  68. cowboy88 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:50 PM

    So this means Vick was lying. He should be suspended for making disparaging and dishonest comments against the NFL and Commish.

  69. gottapoop says: Aug 18, 2011 1:51 PM

    and who cares where he might have been steered to go. wasnt like the guy had tons of teams waiting outside of prison ready to sign him.How is this even a story? If Vick didnt want to go to the eagles, why did he sign?amazing

  70. rdssc says: Aug 18, 2011 1:55 PM

    Let’s look at it from the other side. How do you think J.Jones, Mara, Snyder and for that matter the rest of the NFC feel about this?

  71. stanklepoot says: Aug 18, 2011 1:56 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:33 PM

    Goodell is easily the worst commissioner ever…

    Telling players where to play

    All but banning Kickoffs

    Turning the NFL into glorified Flag football.

    And being too stiff on disciplining players..and the heavy handedness is one-sided against black players.

    Goodell will make a good Grand Wizard but he’s a horrible commissioner…anytime when fans are talking more about fines, suspensions, and rules than the actual a game..you know you have a bad, spotlight craving commissioner.

    I mean this clown suspends a player for 5 games who hasn’t played ONE DOWN in the NFL yet and signed a profession contract yet…it’s ridiculous and disgusting..

    I mean you a fan can’t even post a highlight clip on YouTube without the NFL snatching it down. The NFL grand wiZard is the worst commissioner in galactic history.
    ____________________________
    Well, Gee, at least you didn’t completely overreact and then go on to make a completely disgusting and out of place comparison. Oh, wait, never mind. Vick never said he was ordered to go to Philly. By his own comments, he was advised that Philly would be a better option for him. Now, as for most of the rest of your rant, you might want to redirect that to the rules committee. You know, the group that actually votes to change the rules.

    By the way, comparing the NFL commissioner to the leader of the KKK simply because you don’t like the recent changes made in the NFL? Classy. Well, I guess at least we should all be happy that you didn’t break out the all-too-common Hitler comparison.

  72. andrewfbrowne says: Aug 18, 2011 1:57 PM

    The thing that bugs me about this is that the Eagles were able to trade their QB’s for three 2nd round picks and a 4th rd pick. The only reason they were able to do that is because Vick signed there as a FA. They get comeback player of the year and 4 draft picks out of this.

    Wow. I think Gary Bettman may be getting some competition for least popular commissioner in sports pretty soon.

  73. pjxii says: Aug 18, 2011 1:57 PM

    Bills fans are doing the most screaming about this, probably because Vick has proven to be a much better (and even more exciting) quarterback this past season than he was during his whole time in Atlanta. Try to be objective for a minute: he has publicly stated that his first season coming back was spent working with and learning from Donovan Mcnabb on what an NFL quarterback needs to do to become a Pro-Bowl player. If he had gone to Buffalo and was named the immediate starter as he suggests would have happened, he would not have been nearly as successful as he was in 2010. The Bills would most likely still been at the bottom of the division.

  74. kingmj4891 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:58 PM

    I want a full investigation on this matter by a 3rd party agreed by the NFL and NFLPA and maybe the Feds.

  75. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:58 PM

    Goodell just go away…The NFL needs a true commissioner..not a Grand Dragon.

  76. chrisvegas says: Aug 18, 2011 1:59 PM

    Of course Philly wasn’t on the top of his list. They already had McNabb starting at the time. Why would the league want him to go to Buffalo? Do you really think Vick would have this kind of success without Andy Reid? It was a perfect fit. The most talented player in the NFL with the best QB coach.

  77. pigskin28 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:59 PM

    Am convinced that most of the commenters here are kids, lack brain cells or just hate the Nfl.
    Dude says he was stared Dungy admits he steered him commish says league did not. So as an asvisor would one of Dungy’s responsibilities not be to asvise him to go to the best possible sitiaation?
    Would Cinci or Biffalo fit that discription?
    Were’nt most of you hoping he woild not come to your team. In fact most of you all called bs when Dungy said there were multiple teams innterested INCLUDING THIS SITE!!
    All of a sudden he’s a success so you all wanna start with this? Seriously?

    Vick please shut up and play. You need to keep working on your mouth.

  78. tbpdog says: Aug 18, 2011 2:02 PM

    @ birdobeamen says:
    Why don’t you give an example of the NFL ever rescinding a trade? I’ll be waiting and the longer will be even longer that your scrub teams wait for a title. T.O. was traded to Baltimore, but then cried and the NFL gave him to Philly for almost nothing, now the Commish tells Vick to go to Philly….sad you need so much help from the NFL front office.

  79. tombradyswig says: Aug 18, 2011 2:02 PM

    GOD-ell

    nuff said?!?!!!

  80. mac3333 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:04 PM

    We call this damage control ….

    BS Rog, BS !!

  81. stanklepoot says: Aug 18, 2011 2:04 PM

    jakek2 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:34 PM

    Ultimate low blow to Eagles fans!! HAHA! Vick freely admits that he thought his chances of bringing a first title to Buff or Cincy was better than Philly!!

    The dog killer would have rather played where all careers go to die than to play for your philthy phranchise!!!

    Keep on dreaming of your (wet) Dream Team!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA
    ____________________________
    Way to completely misread a story and then twist it to your own ends…however poorly. Vick said he initially was leaning towards buffalo and cincy because he’d have a chance to either start or compete for the starting job right away. When he came to Philly, he came in as the third string QB. That was the issue he initially had with going to Philly. He went from a pro-bowl starting QB and superstar to a prisoner, and he was looking to make a comeback. Coming back to the league to be a 3rd stringer wasn’t exactly what he envisioned. I’m an Eagles fan and I understand that, and find nothing in his comments to feel offended about. Why is it that I get the impression that you’re just worried that the Eagles will be a damn good team this year?

  82. lowender75 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:05 PM

    Like anybody wanted this guy initially…plus, Philly couldn’t even get a 3rd or 4th rounder from any other teams for him, but after his 2010 season everyone wants to cry foul? Seriously? Like Vick would’ve turned into what he is now if he had gone to the quarterback academies of Buffalo Or Cinci…or anywhere else for that matter.

    The league definitely recommended/suggested/steered Vick to go to Philly, but in the end it was Vick’s decision. There was outcry in Philly when they signed him just like there would’ve been anywhere else, and Buffalo and Cinci are not strong enough organizations to weather that kind of storm. Buffalo really wanted to trot Vick out as a day one starter in 2009? Really? If that’s the case, they got bigger problems.

  83. 303bengalguy says: Aug 18, 2011 2:08 PM

    COLLUSION! Fire Goddell, ban Dungy. Nuff said!

  84. rgwhodey says: Aug 18, 2011 2:10 PM

    GQ was hacked…

  85. bigd88 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:10 PM

    jbeatzz says:
    Aug 18, 2011 1:46 PM
    did vick say goodell specifically told him to play for the eagles?

    when advised where would be best for him the people that he talked to, including tony dungy, told him that philly would be the better choice…and were they lying??? buffalo and cincy are 2 poorly run organizations and the eagles are much more stable and had an owner and head coach with clout help to be able to deal with the situation and better him as a lpayer

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    It doesn’t matter. Goodell overstepped his boundaries here. As commissioner, it’s perfectly fine to help a guy all you want off the field to get his life back on track – that is the right thing to do.
    But when it comes to determining where he should play on the field, Goodell should have absolutely no say on the matter WHATSOEVER. No advice, nothing. Once Goodell interject on those sort of matters that affect on-field outcomes, he is overstepping his boundaries. The commissioner is fine to help players get their lives back on track, but he should have no say on where any player decides to play football, PERIOD.
    That should be between the player, his family, friends, and agent. Not the league office.

  86. romoscollarbone says: Aug 18, 2011 2:11 PM

    If my last name was Tisch, Mara, Jones, or Snyder, I’d be very wealthy, and a little curious as to what exactly transpired.

    Although it is a secret society of 32 men, so they prob said send Vick to Philly so the Bills flounder and we can move them to LA and all receive the fruits of profit sharing.

    Another thought however is. Vick was a top 15 NFL QB when he left for his federally funded vacation, there was no way anyone would know he’d come back as a Top 5 after Andy Reid’s tutelage.

    Who knows, all we do know is that it stinks.

  87. stanklepoot says: Aug 18, 2011 2:18 PM

    andrewfbrowne says: Aug 18, 2011 1:57 PM

    The thing that bugs me about this is that the Eagles were able to trade their QB’s for three 2nd round picks and a 4th rd pick. The only reason they were able to do that is because Vick signed there as a FA. They get comeback player of the year and 4 draft picks out of this.

    Wow. I think Gary Bettman may be getting some competition for least popular commissioner in sports pretty soon.
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    Actually, the Eagles got a 2nd round pick and a 4th or McNabb, and a 2nd round pick and DRC for Kolb. So, that’s 2 2nd round picks, a 4th round pick, and a young pro-bowl corner (worth much more than a 2nd round pick potentially). Having said that, the McNabb deal would have happened anyway. Both McNabb and Kolb were in the last year of their deals, and a choice had to be made as to which QB they’d go with. Clearly they chose Kolb.

    Now, the Kolb deal was certainly made possible by the addition of Vick. That doesn’t mean that just signing him made this possible, however. The coaching staff put a lot of time and effort into not just getting Vick back to where he was before, but in making him better than he was. If you think this outcome was a forgone conclusion, just ask me or any of my fellow Eagles fans how frustrated we got when they kept putting Vick out on the field his first year back. He simply was not good. It wasn’t until the playoff loss to the Cowboys in fact that Vick showed the first hint that he might be a valuable contributor.

  88. gpete1962 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:24 PM

    legaleagle513 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:17 PM

    Why all of a sudden would anyone believe what Vick says. He is actually succeeding now. Why would you throw an entire organization under the bus when you are succeeding? Anything for publicity man. If you want to play for one of those teams, play the year out, do the best you can and get the he’ll out of Philly.

    ======================================
    Read the article again !!

    He’s just telling the truth.

    Dungy confirmed it !!

  89. stanklepoot says: Aug 18, 2011 2:29 PM

    romoscollarbone says: Aug 18, 2011 2:11 PM

    If my last name was Tisch, Mara, Jones, or Snyder, I’d be very wealthy, and a little curious as to what exactly transpired.

    Although it is a secret society of 32 men, so they prob said send Vick to Philly so the Bills flounder and we can move them to LA and all receive the fruits of profit sharing.

    Another thought however is. Vick was a top 15 NFL QB when he left for his federally funded vacation, there was no way anyone would know he’d come back as a Top 5 after Andy Reid’s tutelage.

    Who knows, all we do know is that it stinks.
    ______________________________
    Some problems with your conspiracy theory. Bills aren’t going to L.A. The terms of their lease doesn’t really allow them to make that kind of move easily. The Chargers are much more likely to be making the trip. Also, Vick wasn’t good when he came back to the NFL, so it’s not like sending him to Buffalo to be the starter would have worked out. If anything, it would have killed his comeback before it really had a chance to happen.

  90. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:33 PM

    @stankle

    I thought the NFL commissioner was joke way before this story..and I think he’s a Grand Dragon for the one sidedness in which he deals with black players.

    Goodell is a buffoon..the man suspends a player for 5 games before signed his first professional contract…Pryor has not COMMITTED ONE ACT IN THE NFL…good or bad…but he’s suspended for 5 games??!!?? That is lunacy and borderline criminal.

    How do you suspend a player that’s not even apart of the NFL yet…Goodell is gonna fall because he’s a total buffoon…the only question is will he fall before severely damaging the credibility of the NFL.

  91. kspl1 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:38 PM

    Some of u people need to get a life. U make a big deal out of everything. Who cares what happened. All u haters 2 years ago would have been all pi$/Ed off if Vick came to ur team. Now that he’s back, the fans are upset. GTFOH. And please stop with the league doesn’t care about the fans. They don’t and you same dumbasses will keep buying tickets, merchandise and watching it on tv. Shut up and go smack Ur wife around you losers

  92. cornersss says: Aug 18, 2011 2:46 PM

    “an investigation? We’re aware of no “internal affairs” department within the league office, which would have the ability to investigate the conduct of the Commissioner. If anything were to happen, the owners would have to decide to do it on their own, and we doubt that such an effort would be good for the league’s overall best interests.”

    It would turn into an anti trust case. Technically they are a monopoly and this would be “fixing” their own game in an unfair way to fans and anyone else who spends money on any other team but the eagles.

  93. greengob1in says: Aug 18, 2011 2:51 PM

    @tbpdog
    Owens wanted to play in Philly, not Baltimore. He wasn’t gift wrapped. He actually had to challenge the trade, that’s how bad he wanted to come to Philly.

  94. romoscollarbone says: Aug 18, 2011 2:54 PM

    stanklepoot says: Aug 18, 2011 2:29 PM

    romoscollarbone says: Aug 18, 2011 2:11 PM

    If my last name was Tisch, Mara, Jones, or Snyder, I’d be very wealthy, and a little curious as to what exactly transpired.

    Although it is a secret society of 32 men, so they prob said send Vick to Philly so the Bills flounder and we can move them to LA and all receive the fruits of profit sharing.

    Another thought however is. Vick was a top 15 NFL QB when he left for his federally funded vacation, there was no way anyone would know he’d come back as a Top 5 after Andy Reid’s tutelage.

    Who knows, all we do know is that it stinks.
    ______________________________
    Some problems with your conspiracy theory. Bills aren’t going to L.A. The terms of their lease doesn’t really allow them to make that kind of move easily. The Chargers are much more likely to be making the trip. Also, Vick wasn’t good when he came back to the NFL, so it’s not like sending him to Buffalo to be the starter would have worked out. If anything, it would have killed his comeback before it really had a chance to happen.
    ___________________________________

    Reading is fundamental my man. I said Vick left as a Top 15 and nobody knew he’d be this great when he came back. Obviously Andy coached him up, but Chan Gailey is no slouch.

    2nd The Bills lease is up in 2 yrs, and as far as I know, no ground has been broken in LA and stadiums generally take 2 – 3 yrs to build. http://www.erie.gov/billslease/stadium.phtml <– bills stadium lease terms. While the Bills have a rabid fan base who supports them whole heartedly, the NFL is about $$$$ if they think they are worth 1 more dollar in LA, they'd find a way to move them. If I were a Bills fan I'd hope Ralph Wilson keeps on keepin on.

  95. breeshasasprole says: Aug 18, 2011 2:57 PM

    Causing problems for the league, enough problems that the league has to issue a statement…. there’s the Mike Vick I know and love. Next up is a statement from Vicks publicist stating that the GQ interview was “taken out of context”, then a few months later a minor drug charge that wont stick, and then after that the corn rows will come back and then the talking in the third person and then…. well i dont want to know what then, just when it does happen I will be more than happy to throw it in the faces of all you people who think hes such a “changed man!” You all may think this is just an interview and he said something stupid and theres nothing much else about it. NO, this is Mike Vick not being the puppet he has been for the past year and a half saying what everyone tells him to say, this is Mike Vick speaking his mind and in his mind he didnt know that this was a bad thing to say. Hes been taught and taught and grilled about the dogfighting questions so thats sort of like him running from a defender on the field now…. its a learned skill for him now but i promise you i PROMISE this guy is changed only in the sense that he knows hes not made of steel and he needs to be more discreet about what he says and does, but he will inevitibly slip up because you can only lie for so long. Like Herm Edwards says “What you do in the dark always comes to the light.” Give him some time Vick Supporters, he’ll show you what hes truly made of.

    Goddell should be fired for the crimes hes committed against football. Thurman is right this should be investigated and Vick should be asked under oath if Goddell urged him one way or the other.

    Eagle fans should be pissed. This isnt what you should hear from your starting QB. For example Brees was courted by Miami and Nola and with Nola being just months removed from Hurricane Katrina the best option hands down would have been Miami. Nick Saban didn’t trust Brees’ shoulder and that sent him to Nola. As much as I love Brees and as much as he does for my city I know that had he been given the keys to the franchise in South Beach he wouldnt have even thought twice about it. He never says that and all he does is praise New Orleans for his second chance, which is exactly what Vick should do. He should be licking the crumbs off the dirty streets of Philly for being given what they gave to him. They gave the keys of a winning franchise to him pretty much fresh out of Prison. He should be saying THANK YOU Philly… not “I didnt wanna come here!” I see where hes going with it but you just dont even go that road.

  96. eustus says: Aug 18, 2011 3:06 PM

    It is ironic, to say the least, that the guy who has staked his entire career on “restoring the integrity of the game” has allowed himself to be put in a position where a player could interpret (rightly or wrongly) that he was encouraging him to play for one franchise or another is a huge, huge, HUGE mistake.

    Goodell has made it clear that his main goal is marketing. And the more mistakes he makes likes this, the more it damages his credibility when he talks about things like player safety; inegrity; a fair partnership with players; honouring and supporting past players; not carrying the NCAA’s laundry; etc.

    By getting himself mixed up in a scandal like this, he has managed to lead credence to the voices that say things like, “The discipline policy isn’t about protecting players, it’s about protecting the image of the league.”

    I suppose Goodell’s next move is to suspend himself. Because don’t look now, Rog, but your conduct has turned YOU into a liability for “integrity of the shield.”

  97. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:21 PM

    The last straw with me regarding Goodell came when he blatantly ADMITTED the reason why his suspension of Roethlisberger wasn’t equal to that of Adam Jones (both involved in flagrant offences, neither convicted — despite ESPN and other outlets leading you to believe Jones was) is that Roethlisberger is part of the “face of the league”.

  98. laeaglefan says: Aug 18, 2011 3:25 PM

    Goodell should consider himself lucky that this story didn’t come out while the CBA negotiations were still going on. De Smith would have had a field day with this one!

  99. heywoodjablome says: Aug 18, 2011 3:26 PM

    jakek2 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 1:34 PM
    Ultimate low blow to Eagles fans!! HAHA! Vick freely admits that he thought his chances of bringing a first title to Buff or Cincy was better than Philly!!

    The dog killer would have rather played where all careers go to die than to play for your philthy phranchise!!!

    Keep on dreaming of your (wet) Dream Team!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA
    ————————————————–
    Wow, you are a moron. It was because he would have started in Buffalo or Cincy. Go back to licking windows, stupid.

  100. hoobsher says: Aug 18, 2011 3:35 PM

    @jakek2 theres a lot going on there. none of it being logical, humorous, intelligent, convincing, correct, factual, or really anything you meant it to be.

  101. vikingdoode says: Aug 18, 2011 3:37 PM

    Philly would have been the best place…Reid would stand no bs like the Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. Its prolly true the commish said it but not cool.

  102. hoobsher says: Aug 18, 2011 3:37 PM

    heres what probably happened: they were all talking with him, and they know andy reid as ‘that coach that can flip quarterbacks really well,’ so they said you oughta try philly, its the best chance at revitalizing your career.

    advice, not control.

  103. beefer49 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:44 PM

    Another Philly story Blah… Didn’t they already win the Superbowl? Vick will be injured by week 4. VY will be crying in the huddle… Steve Smith rehabs then is out week 3. Philly is superbowl less again and Vick is a free agent leaves to Bills

  104. rooneyruleblues says: Aug 18, 2011 3:50 PM

    NFL Football is such a huge business now and Billions are at stake that they just cannot afford to have certain franchises be unsuccessful. I believe 100% that Goodell would do this.

    Of course it will all be swept under the rug soon and it wont do a damn thing.

  105. zeussuperman says: Aug 18, 2011 4:57 PM

    Wow, there sure are a lot of time-travelers in this thread.

    I GUARANTEE you that if you looked back at the early post-prison Vick posts, a lot of these people screaming “collusion! favoritism!” were saying

    “Haha I can’t believe the Eagles signed this washed up sociopath. Good luck wasting your money on the 30-something shell of a good player!”

    Oh, but wait, one good season and suddenly it’s:

    “Roger Goodell sent all-world football player Mike Vick to Philly just to screw over the small market teams!”

    Envy is an ugly emotion.

  106. phillyforlife says: Aug 18, 2011 4:57 PM

    I think Thurman Thomas is still pissed at Scott Norwood (Aka Shankwood)

  107. melonnhead says: Aug 18, 2011 4:58 PM

    The last straw with me regarding Goodell came when he blatantly ADMITTED the reason why his suspension of Roethlisberger wasn’t equal to that of Adam Jones (both involved in flagrant offences, neither convicted — despite ESPN and other outlets leading you to believe Jones was) is that Roethlisberger is part of the “face of the league”.

    ——————————————————————-

    That was Tagliabue’s reasoning for giving Michael Irvin a 5 game suspension instead of the usual 4 games.

  108. zeussuperman says: Aug 18, 2011 5:02 PM

    To all of the Bills fans with your (legitimate) emotional grips:

    You would have made Mike Vick the starter of your team. Your coaches wouldn’t have developed him like Reid and Morninwheg to be a more complete QB. You would have just thrown him in there, said “Go scramble for some TDs” and you would have had a slightly better losing season.”

    Vick had the choice: Short-term gain versus long-term gain. The cards fell perfectly for him in Philly, but there was no guarantee he’d be the starter. Ever.

    Also: Philly doesn’t mind being the villains of the NFL. Great, we have a dog killer QB — Eff you, you don’t like our fans or our city anyway. Sorry, Buffalo, I just don’t see your team surviving the PR Vick blitz out of prison. If Vick had struggled or failed, as he probably would have in Buffalo — do you realize how insanely negative the media would have been to him, your team, and your city?

    Philly can take that gamble, because we’re hated anyway. I doubt Buffalo could.

  109. deiong says: Aug 18, 2011 5:02 PM

    covering up there lies with more lies.. and they wonder why noone can believe them.

  110. melonnhead says: Aug 18, 2011 5:03 PM

    Of course it will all be swept under the rug soon and it wont do a damn thing.

    ——————————————————————

    That’s true, the league now has a vested interest in assuring that Vick at least appears to be clean. You can bet any trouble he causes will be swept under the rug as quickly as possible. That';s what happened with the Patriots cheating scandal. The NFL can’t afford those kinds of black eyes.

  111. zeussuperman says: Aug 18, 2011 5:06 PM

    He should be licking the crumbs off the dirty streets of Philly for being given what they gave to him. They gave the keys of a winning franchise to him pretty much fresh out of Prison. He should be saying THANK YOU Philly… not “I didnt wanna come here!” I see where hes going with it but you just dont even go that road.

    ———————————-

    GREAT point. I think, though, that Philly fans understand that Michael Vick is essentially a mercenary. Most of us, believe it or not, aren’t happy with him as a man. I think that he did really deplorable things. However, he may be the most dynamic QB in the game today.

    So it’s been and will continue to be a marriage of convenience. We both want the same thing, a SB win. I’m just not seeing people getting too upset about that comment, though maybe they should.

  112. phillybirdgang1933 says: Aug 18, 2011 5:07 PM

    1st you get the QB THAN YOU GET THE hate .LOOK their goes a eagle, With attention ,like a birthday cake. hay ho hay ho, VICK got a booger nose. REPORT & GO TELL THAT …….

  113. melonnhead says: Aug 18, 2011 5:13 PM

    However, he may be the most dynamic QB in the game today.

    ——————————————————————

    Ha. I’m going to give him the “Romo treatment”. Vick is all sizzle, no steak until he wins a playoff game. And if and when he does that, I’ll move the goal posts.

    1/15/2005 – the date of Michael Vick’s last playoff win.

  114. MichaelEdits says: Aug 18, 2011 5:50 PM

    Put that investigation in the CBA right along with who gets to review Goodell’s personal conduct punishments. Oh, wait…

  115. scudbot says: Aug 18, 2011 6:16 PM

    phillybirdgang1933 says: “1st you get the QB THAN YOU GET THE hate .LOOK their goes a eagle, With attention ,like a birthday cake. hay ho hay ho, VICK got a booger nose. REPORT & GO TELL THAT …….” Okay, really now. After that, who could possibly still think that Philly fans aren’t the best.

  116. snnyjcbs says: Aug 18, 2011 6:54 PM

    They have been doing that for years. John Elway was to become a Raider with a Trade being completed with the Team that Drafted him. All involved stated that when they went to bed that evening the trade was done. Next day the NFL became involved and blew it out of the water with them pointing him to Denver.

  117. zeussuperman says: Aug 18, 2011 7:47 PM

    melonnhead says: Aug 18, 2011 5:13 PM

    However, he may be the most dynamic QB in the game today.

    ——————————————————————

    Ha. I’m going to give him the “Romo treatment”. Vick is all sizzle, no steak until he wins a playoff game. And if and when he does that, I’ll move the goal posts.

    —————————–

    I said “may,” allowing that it’s up for debate. He has won more postseason games than Tony Romo, though (I think by one).

    And I would expect you to do nothing less than move the goalposts as soon as Vick surpasses them, that’s your job as a rival fan!

  118. fenny88 says: Aug 19, 2011 3:53 AM

    i dont know much but competition committee maybe could investigate?

  119. steelerdynasty2010 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:45 PM

    “somebody get that damn toothpaste back in the tube!!!”

    signed,
    roger goodell

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