If you believe NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora, Mike Vick‘s time in midnight green is drawing to a close. The Eagles front office isn’t planning on picking up the 2010 option on Vick, and will seek a willing trade partner instead.
This news is hardly surprising, and if true, will end one of the strangest and shortest player/franchise marriages in recent memory. Vick arrived in Philly last August amidst a hurricane of controversy that died much sooner than I anticipated.
I really thought bringing Vick and his mountain of baggage to the team would ultimately cause an internal collapse. Didn’t happen. In fact, after a few weeks it became a virtual non-story as the Birds proceeded to play the games that counted.
There was a brief flurry of “start Vick” chatter after Don got his ribs busted in Carolina. It dissipated once Kevin Kolb proved he wasn’t a complete waste of space during his two-week stint under center. Until the late season trip to Atlanta, Vick was firmly entrenched in the shadows. He displayed glimpses of his incredible talent for a couple games, then returned to a place of anonymity.
There was that beautiful touchdown toss in the playoff loss to the ‘Boys, but there was also a fumbled snap. For the most part, Vick was as quiet as a mouse on and off the field in 2009. That’s not a bad thing. The guy was trying to re-acclimate himself after being incarcerated for two years.
With a dearth of quality quarterbacks available in the free agent pool and draft, #7 may have little trouble finding a starting spot on a needy team. If I were one such team, I would consider parting with a fourth-round pick to acquire Vick’s services.
A full offseason of proper training and mini-camp work would be sufficient to prepare him for the upcoming campaign. I mean who would you rather have under center, Kyle Boller or Vick? Derek Anderson or Vick? Trent Edwards or Vick? It’s a no-brainer if you ask me.
Whatever develops in regards to Vick, it makes little sense to keep him around. Better to fill his roster spot with a player who will offer more than a seldom used “Wildcat” quarterback. If he does leave for greener pastures, at least we’ll have one less signal caller to blast with our speculation cannons. What a relief.
So, there seems like a better than decent chance that the Birds will deal one of their quarterbacks. Just not the one making all the headlines.