Okay, this is something interesting to chew on: Mike Vick in a Buffalo Bills uniform.
Well, why not Buffalo?
Okay, your first reaction as a fan may be, "What are you, crazy? We don’t need Vick, we have Trent Edwards." Or here’s a better response—getting Mike Vick would be like beating a dead dog. What would be the point?
In any case, the point would be that this is a copy-cat league, and if the Wild-Cat formation can be effectively used, other teams will be sure to follow suit.
NFL.com is reporting breaking news today that Vick will be able to play in the NFL this year. He can practice with whatever team decides to pick him up, and he is eligible to play the final two weeks of preseason. He may not be able to suit up for regular season games until October, but he can still practice with the team.
Terrell Owens has an interesting take on the Vick situation: "I think it’s unfortunate. I think the way the commissioner has handled it, I think it’s unfair to Michael Vick," said Owens.
"I think he’s done the time for what he’s done. I don’t think it’s really fair for him to be suspended four more games. That’s almost like kicking a dead horse in the ground. I think a lot of guys around the league need to speak up. I think the players union needs to step in because the guy’s already suffered so much. To add a four-game suspension on a two-year prison sentence, that’s ridiculous."
Owens also had some interesting comments about whether he would care if Vick was a teammate. "Well, why not?" asked Owens. "Again, Michael Vick is a guy that really hasn’t had any character issues besides what he got a prison sentence for, so why not?"
Throw in some rumors that have been circling around training camp that Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, and Leodis McKelvin were lining up in Wild-Cat formation and you get the general idea on why the Vick questions keep coming up in Bills training camp.
Adding Vick to Buffalo’s offense would bring a whole different bag of tricks and treats to confuse and befuddle defensive coordinators. Remember not to bring your Droopy costume to the party.
At worst, Vick could come in and help Buffalo prepare for some of the things Miami will be trying to do now with the addition of Pat White. At best, Vick could contribute to this team as a slash player—sometimes QB, sometimes HB, sometimes WR.
There really is nothing Vick can do to harm this team. Jauron and Co. need to win now, and any player that can make this team better would surely be a welcome addition.
Getting Vick would be relatively easy considering there may not be a whole lot of teams out there interested in him, but if there is one guy who is advocating for his reinstatement, it’s T.O.
Who knows how much of an impact T.O. will have on the average fans perception, but if anything he could soften the blow to a surprise signing by the Buffalo Bills.
Vick would probably play for the veteran minimum, so it really can’t hurt to throw him a bone.