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2013 Statistics: 54.6% passing, 1,215 yards, 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions—36 carries, 303 yards, 2 touchdowns
Michael Vick is the only viable starting option in free agency. The 33-year-old still flashes his dynamic ability. The problem is he also has a penchant for turnovers.
Still, Vick represents a tantalizing option for quarterback-starved teams, even if those teams are in a position to draft a quarterback-of-the-future in the first round, as NFL.com's Judy Battista wrote on Feb. 7:
"There are too many teams that are in need of an upgrade for him not to be looked at as a starter," the personnel executive said. "I could see a team signing him, and developing a young guy. Vick could be a very good bridge starter for two to three years."
And that, despite his advancing age, is a remarkable improvement from where Vick was the last time he hit free agency.
And this is why his résumé will be enhanced among those willing to take a chance on him this spring.
It happened long before Vick and (Nick) Foles stood shoulder to shoulder at a joint October press conference -- unheard of in a scenario where the two participants are competing for one job. That piece of theater merely underscored what people around the Eagles had been saying for a while: Vick had become an important locker room presence, a mature, steady mentor whose support of and friendship with Foles was unfailing, even as it became obvious that Foles was taking Vick's job for good.
Teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings certainly need a new starter. Even if they draft a quarterback with a high pick this May, Vick could be a nice bridge to the future.