Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was ultimately benched because of a concussion sustained during Week 10's 38-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. However, his poor play would have eventually led to rookie Nick Foles being inserted into the starting role.
Though nine games, Vick had tallied 2,165 passing yards and 11 touchdown passes. However, his 19 turnovers could not be ignored and added fuel to the talks of him being taken out of the lineup before he got injured.
Vick is slated to make $16 million if he stays in Philadelphia next year. But the contract also affords the Eagles the option to release the quarterback with no financial obligation toward the 2013 season.
If you are owner Jeffrey Lurie, the decision is pretty cut-and-dried.
Assuming Vick is out in Philly, he would need a landing spot in 2013. And with a handful of teams in need of a viable quarterback—at 32 years old, Vick still has plenty left in the tank—he should receive plenty of attention on the free-agent market.
The veteran quarterback should get one more opportunity to start in his career, so any team that is willing to bring Vick in should have a perceived opening under center for him to take over.
Though up for debate, there are 24 teams that are set at the quarterback position. Obviously not counting the Eagles, that leaves seven teams that could be in search for their next on-field general: Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.
Which team is Vick likely to land with in 2013?
Raiders (50:1): Though Carson Palmer has played well at times this season, this would be a typical move for Oakland.
Vikings (40:1): Minnesota drafted Christian Ponder in the first round in 2011. But his inconsistent play this season could force the Vikings to look for other options in 2013.
Chiefs (30:1): It is imperative that Kansas City snags a quarterback in this year's draft. But Vick could be a viable option until the rookie gets acclimated to life in the NFL.
Bills (20:1): Ryan Fitzpatrick might be the league's most Jekyll-and-Hyde quarterback. While Vick, too, could be perceived that way, he could also thrive again in a low-pressure situation.
Jaguars (10:1): Similar to the Vikings, Jacksonville also used a high draft pick on quarterback Blaine Gabbert in 2011. But after benching him in favor of Chad Henne this season, the Jaguars could be looking for a spark.
Cardinals (3:1): Leading the pack of atrocious quarterback situations is Arizona. After bringing in Kevin Kolb from Philadelphia a couple of seasons ago, why not try to catch lightning in a bottle twice by acquiring Vick? It's worth a shot at this point, isn't it?
While this is a speculation, Vick will garner plenty of attention this offseason.
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