Day one of free agency is over, and boy was it crazy. If you sneezed between the hours of 4 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET, you probably missed a few signings, no joke. And I can’t wait for day two.
And when that clock hit 4 p.m., Michael Vick, officially became a free agent, for only the second time in his eleven year career. Vick was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the very first overall pick in 2001. Where he played for six season, before things took a turn for the worse.
In April of 2007, news stations started to report about dog fighting episodes at home in Surry county, owned by Michael Vick. Vick ended up confessing to fighting and personally killings dogs that did not perform well. And on November 19th 2007, Vick turned himself in to U.S. Marshalls to begin serving a 23 month sentence.
Vick was released from federal custody on May 19th, 2009. Where he was confined to his house until July 20th, 2009 and was re-instated into the NFL, only seven days after. And then on August 13th, 2009, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Vick to a one year deal worth 1.6 million dollars with an option for a second year worth 5.2 million.
Vicks first official season back as a starter was in 2010, where he helped the Eagles make the playoffs, with a 10-6 record. Losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Packers in the Wild Card round, 16-21.
Before the start of the 2011 season, the Eagles decided to give Michael Vick his second 100 million dollar contract, approximately 40 million of those dollars being guaranteed. His first 100 million dollar contract came from the Falcons in 2005, at the time making him the highest paid player in the NFL.
Now, here we are, in 2014. Michael Vick is without a team. But not because there is no interest in him.
Even at 33 years old, Vick still commands attention, and with quite a few teams needing an upgrade at the quarterback position, Vick has options.
But which team suits Vick style of play?
Peter King of Sports Illustrated reported interest from a few teams, the Jets, the Raiders, and the Bills.
Vick had expressed interest in playing for the Vikings, but the Vikings did not have any interest in him, after re-signing Matt Cassell. And Vick said he wants to start, after losing his job last year to Nick Foles.
The Jets seem to be the front runners for Vick at this time. Though as I previously stated, Vick wants to start. And the Jets drafted a quarterback last year in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, Geno Smith. So, they aren’t looking for him to start, at least not right away. Smith struggled mightily at times last year, and because of that, the Jets are not sold on him. If Smith continues his up and down ways in his sophomore season, Vick could get a chance to start on a team that desperately needs all the help on offense it can get.
The Bills and Raiders are in similar situations, with two young quarterbacks at the helm, and remain in contention for signing the soon to be 34 year old Vick.
Though neither of those teams are likely to be in the hunt for a playoff berth. And Vick has expressed his desire to play for a contender, this late in his career. The Jets are closer, admittedly not by a lot though.
Where do you think Vick will land? Tell us.
Written by Trent Davis
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