Vick could land in Buffalo next season

AP

As quarterback Mike Vick moves toward an inevitable release by the Eagles (so much for that $100 million contract), the question becomes the location of the continuation of his career.

From Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports comes something we’ve likewise heard recently:  Vick could be bound for Buffalo.

Last year, Vick told GQ that he preferred playing for the Bills or the Bengals when he returned to the NFL in 2009.  “I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth. . . .  I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia,” Vick said at the time.  “Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about.  Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.”

Sources close to Vick insist there will be a significant demand for his services, and that he will be motivated to prove once again that he’s one of the better quarterbacks in the game.

That motivation arguably subsided a bit in 2011, after he had arguably the best season of his career in 2010 — but only after an injury to Week One starter Kevin Kolb opened the door for Vick to have a rebirth.

The fact that the current Buffalo coaching staff, which has Wildcat master David Lee as its quarterbacks coach, would create a natural attraction to Vick.  But concerns that his best days are behind him coupled with an inability to avoid contact (and in turn injury) could make teams leery.  Also, the possibility that owner Ralph Wilson will hit the reset button after the season would lead to a new band of decision makers who may not be interested in Vick.

Still, he’s as good or better than plenty of current starting quarterbacks, and teams will be interested.  Right or wrong, the dogfighting stigma has subsided, and while he may not be handed a starting job, he at least will have a chance to earn one.

49 responses to “Vick could land in Buffalo next season

  1. Don’t count out Vick getting a restructured contract next year and staying in an Eagles uniform. This years draft isn’t likly to produce a deep crop of QBs and there’s no Peyton Manning or Jay Cutler tyes hitting free agency.

  2. Wildcat master really?? They never use the wildcat with brad smith or cj spiller how is he the wildcat master. Even if he is Vick would get killed like that

  3. I have a feeling Larry Fitzgerald will push for the Cards to sign Vick. I doubt he wants to spend another season with a project at QB.

  4. He preferred the Bengals or Bills? Sounds like Vick shies away from the spotlight. If that’s the case, perhaps he’d be better suited as a backup somewhere.

    He’s already demonstrated that he’s a bit reckless when it comes to protecting himself so what team would invest Vick kind of money to roll the dice on having an injured QB mid-season?

  5. The author is being disingenuous when he suggests there are plenty of teams who would want Vick. There are only 2 definite teams who will be in the market Arizona and the Chiefs andThree teams as maybe’s Jets Jacksonville and Buffalo and those teams i could argue would only see him as a backup. The market isn’t going to be strong for him and there arent a whole lot of teams who would pick him over their current starters. Dont forget Alex Smith will be available this offseason and he will be the far greater catch for a team like Arizona or the chiefs if they don’t draft a QB

  6. Pains me to say it as a skins fan but put tht guy behind a decent o line ad he’s a very serviceable qb. Cards already have the defense but their line is about par w eagles

  7. There will be a huge market for Vick. Every team that doesn’t have a franchise QB locked up will give him a look. The question is which of these teams will throw Vick franchise QB money. With his injury history, he’ll go the highest bidder with the most guaranteed money.

  8. Coach and Dog Killer. Three decent men/ coaches “done” because of this guy. Given the “hype”, draft choices sacrificed, second chances and money thrown at him he should be considered the #1 bust in the history of the NFL. Yes, I think he is a bigger bust than Leaf, Russell and Mandarich. Say what you will but Reeves, Mora and Reid all fell for the “hype”, and suffered for it. They deserved better.

  9. absolutekind says:Dec 8, 2012 6:02 PM

    Don’t count out Vick getting a restructured contract next year and staying in an Eagles uniform. This years draft isn’t likly to produce a deep crop of QBs and there’s no Peyton Manning or Jay Cutler tyes hitting free agency.

    A deep crop? Really? Have you been watching college ball at all this year? Please name this deep crop of players.

  10. Don’t the Bills play in Toronto a few times next year? I am trying to figure out how the guy convicted of multiple felonies gets into Canada for those games.

  11. I’d be okay with this provided they draft a second- or third-round QB for the long-term future of the team. Buffalo has a reasonable chance to go 7-9 or possibly even 8-8 with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. You can’t tell me that Vick isn’t worth a couple of extra wins over Fitzpatrick.

  12. docboss says:Dec 8, 2012 7:44 PM

    “Coach and Dog Killer. Three decent men/ coaches “done” because of this guy. Given the “hype”, draft choices sacrificed, second chances and money thrown at him he should be considered the #1 bust in the history of the NFL. Yes, I think he is a bigger bust than Leaf, Russell and Mandarich. Say what you will but Reeves, Mora and Reid all fell for the “hype”, and suffered for it. They deserved better.”

    Don’t confuse your disdain for him as intelligent football discourse.

    To compare Vick to Leaf or Russell is asinine.

    Neither have led their teams to the playoffs 4 times.

    Neither has made 4 Pro Bowls.

    Neither has led their team to an NFC Championship game.

    Neither has been named the NFL Comeback Player of the year.

    Neither has had a QB passer rating of 100.2 like Vick did in 2010. Not to mention his 676 rushing yards and 9 rushing Td’s that same year.

    Neither has rushed for 1000 yards in a single season like Vick did.

    Neither have broken Brett Favre’s home playoff win streak the way Vick did.

    Neither has thrown for 333 yards and 4 tds while rushing for 80 yards and two more scores as he led his offense to score 59 points as Vick did in a single game.

    I’m sure there are plenty of legit reasons that you don’t care for him as a person or QB, but to label him a bust is ridiculous. You are welcome to your opinion, but in my humble opinion the facts don’t bear it out.

    Don’t confuse hate for debate.

  13. Both Vick and Fitzgerald are turnover machines. I am not sure what Buffalo is trying to accomplish by trading one out for the other.

  14. With all the money buffalo just spent on Fitzpatrick, Stevie Johnson , Mario Williams and Anderson , can they really afford Vick?

  15. After seeing how poorly he played this year (regardless of the offensive line) it is beyond my understanding why any team would want to sign him. Even with a great 0-line, you can still make very poor decisions. We all know Vick isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer……I personally hope his career is over.

  16. What in the wide world of sports are you talking about the Bengals don’t want that over rated running QB he runs because he can’t pass worth a crap and can’t read the field fast enough to pull the trigger

  17. Maybe he can go to the Vikings. Ponder hasn’t looked good and with AP back there he won’t have to make many throws. Plus that O line is really good, Ponder gets all day and still plays bad.

  18. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a better option for Buffalo next season then Michael Vick. That has the same number of interceptions per game as Fitzpatrick, but he is more injury prone and is more reckless with his own body than Fitzpatrick.

    Although Vick, juxtapose to Fitzpatrick, has a slightly higher, but similar rate of fumbling he is two years older, never played a full season except once, and has not completed over 60% of his passes since 2010. Also, did Fitzpatrick lose his job to a back up???

    If Fitz was so bad why did the Bills not give his job to Tarvaris Jackson, Brad Smith, or Tyler Thigpen??

  19. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 8, 2012 7:44 PM

    absolutekind says:Dec 8, 2012 6:02 PM

    Don’t count out Vick getting a restructured contract next year and staying in an Eagles uniform. This years draft isn’t likly to produce a deep crop of QBs and there’s no Peyton Manning or Jay Cutler tyes hitting free agency.

    A deep crop? Really? Have you been watching college ball at all this year? Please name this deep crop of players.
    _________
    First off, the original poster said there “isn’t” a deep crop of quarterbacks coming out in the draft this year. But either way, it’s a very questionable assertion– “Have [either of you] been watching college football at all this year?”

    Just because a draft doesn’t have surefire superstars like Luck and Griffin, paired with very pleasant surprises like Tannehill and Wilson, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a solid class. As far as simply depth at the quarterback position goes, 2013 may be one of the deepest talent crops of all time.

    While it probably will not produce many/any all-stars, Matt Barkley, Geno Smith, and Tylers Bray and Wilson will all get a start somewhere; guys like Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon, Aaron Murray, Derek Carr, Tajh Boyd, and Landry Jones could all get their shots as well; and Logan Thomas, Jordan Rodgers, and Colin Klein fall into the Brees/Wilson/Tebow developmental prospect lottery.

    Even if we exclude the juniors (Bray, Murray, Carr, Boyd, Thomas), there are still 8 very draftable quarterbacks in 2013, which is a lot.

    We may never see a quarterback class like 2012 again in our lifetimes, but that doesn’t mean every subsequent class is garbage. And just because Smith/Barkley won’t be the same as Luck/Griffin doesn’t mean that either or both won’t turn out to be excellent pros and franchise quarterbacks.

    To wrap things up, let’s take a glass-half-full look at 2013: sure next year’s rookies won’t be as good as this year’s; but hey, they’ll be a heck of a lot better than 2007’s.
    (Russell, Quinn, Kolb, Beck, Stanton, Edwards) (Oh and Stanback, a mediocre quarterback who was converted into a worse receiver, what a year)

  20. Vick is not a franchise QB, he is mediocre at best, going over the teams in the NFL, there are 20 QB’s I would pick over Vick. He is an aging QB, that his only weapon as a QB was he was fast. He is a turnover machine. O-Line has looked better since Foles has taken over. It is amazing how much better they look when there is a guy who can recognizes blitzes and audible out of plays that he knows will not work by reading the defense, something Vick could never do.

  21. Ralph’s not hitting the reset button.

    Vick is a 32 year old career .500 QB who can’t complete a season, and won’t read defenses. Ask VY how that worked out for him in Bflo.

    My guess is he won’t be able to “pass the physical”.

    He’d be perfect for the Jets, though.

  22. Of course sources to Vick claim there will be significant demand for his services. If he doesn’t remain employed in the nfl their gravy train is over.

    Hopefully no NFL team will sign Vick after the Eagles boot him.

  23. I think Vick lands in MN. Christian noodlearm Ponder will get the boot from the Vikes and Vick will be the second coming of Randall Cunningham ala 1998. Too bad he won’t have Moss and Carter to throw to.

  24. Vick is over the hill. RG3 will have a similar career if he doesn’t learn to protect his body. I don’t see a big market for Vick in the off season. Somebody will pick him up as a backup.

  25. Can’t imagine going from a Harvard guy to Mike.Vick. the speed and mobility of Vince young was available and they cut him, vick is not going to Buffalo.

  26. Vick is similar to TO in that they both possess talent, both made contributions on the field but also both are so morally bankrupt, selfish and counter productive to the team atmosphere that the teams they play on never make it over the hump to win a Superbowl. Or win much of anything else.

    The next team to sign Vick will be doomed, just like the Eagles were.

  27. Lets be realistic. No team will sign Vick for a starting QB position. Vick’s durability has always been an issue, and the older he gets, the less durable he has become (not that he was ever big enough to play the game the way he played it).

    Vick would be wise to decide on playing for a team with a good chance of getting to the Superbowl. A team with a really good QB that Vick can play behind in the event that the team needs a part time guy to help them get through an injury to their QB. Charlie Batch would be a good offseason mentor for Vick.

    Vick will never lead a team anywhere as a starter. His best years are far behind him. Basically, Vick is done as a starter for all intensive purposes. Any team that signs him to play would only be signing him to sell tickets.

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